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Somersham King's Head

Somersham King's Head

Closed early 20th century

Main Rd

grid reference TM 085 486

The building is thought to have been constructed as a farmhouse in the 15th or early 16th century.

As far as can be ascertained from looking at old maps, both sections of the building in our modern photo made up the pub. The section to the left, running out to the road now makes up part of what's called King's Cottage. This has been extended relatively recently, with a well-integrated extension along the road to the west (not visible in the modern photos). Although this extension looks like part of the original building, old maps show that it must date from some time after 1970.

I always thought it was almost opposite the Duke of Marlborough. My ancestors were landlords of two village pubs at one time with one here and another family member living at The Griffin…

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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

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