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Important Covid information

If all goes according to plan, the first tranche of pubs (those that are able to serve drinkers outdoors) may be able to reopen on April 12th. Though of course, in a situation like this, nothing is guaranteed. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Needham Market Queen's Head

Needham Market Queen's Head

also traded as White Lion, Ship

closed 1911

opened 15th century

11-15 Hawksmill St

grid reference TM 087 552

The Queen's Head was established before 1500. It had a fine inglenook fireplace, bread oven and Bessemer beam.

It has now been converted into a group of private residences.

The pub was owned by several generations of people called William Colchester, one of whom had a wife, Agnes, who was licensed as a brewer and ale seller from 1531 until 1567, when it was probably known as the White Lion (heraldic emblem of Duke of Norfolk). In 1588 it was known as Jordans (after Thomas Jordan and family). In 1675 it was sold to Robert Cuthbert. By 1716 it was called the Ship. Sometime later it became the Queens Head. In 1803 John Cobbold bough the inn. For a short while during the Napoleonic war it became the home of the "Brotherly Love Society".…

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(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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