Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Stowmarket King's Head
Stowmarket King's Head
closed 16th March 1963
opened about 1660
last owner/operator: Tollemache
14 Ipswich St
grid reference TM 048 585
The King's Head may have ceased trading at various times in its history and had a great number of owners.
At one time it was a family & commercial hotel & posting house.
The 1823 Pigot's Directory lists Royal Mail coaches leaving the inn daily at 11am for Cambridge. Coaches also left the inn daily at 4.15pm (apart from Sundays) for Ipswich.
The 1840 Pigot's Directory lists the King's Head Inn separately as an excise office.
Tollemache brewery decided to delicense and sell it in 1963 after the then tenant, JW Gray, died.
In the early 20th century a boxing booth was within the hotel complex.
The building was demolished in 1960s as part of a large scale urban redevelopment.
It's shown on this OS town plan of 1885.
Thomas Pearle at the King's Head, Stowmarket, advertises neat post-chaises.Ipswich Journal, 18 Oct 1777***
A notice in the Ipswich Journal, June 7th 1800***, gives thanks for custom from William JACKSON, of Kings Head Inn, Stowmarket.
To be sold by auction, three undivided eleventh parts, of all that capital inn, known as the Stowmarket King's Head, with stables, and appurtenances. Tenant, Mr Waters, who has a lease, of which 14 years has expired.Ipswich Journal, April 1825**
Issac Driver, a labourer, of Combs was found guilty of stealing seven pecks (14gallons) of blue peas the property of N T Codd landlord of the Kings Head, Stowmarket. Codd also had a farm at Combs where during the late season he had grown three stetches of peas and placed them in his barn…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from the Stow licensing records.
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)