Photo of King's Head

grid reference TM 085 486

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listed building grade II

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 25/01/2020

Somersham King's Head

historical closure era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed early 20th century

Main Rd

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

It isn't completely clear which of the buildings in the picture constituted the pub. The section set back from the road is now Street Farm. In one of the old photographs, it can be seen to have a sign, but this cannot be read. 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. Mike Fenn.

(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)