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Sudbury Chequers

Sudbury Chequers

Closed between 1840 and 1920

Gaol Ln

grid reference TL 874 413

It's been claimed that the Chequers stood where the Town Hall now stands, but since we have a news report about the pub from 1856 (see the historical section) and the Town Hall was built in 1828, this seems to be wrong.

Gaol Lane was originally called Chequer Lane, so the location is evidently correct.

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Footnote

The chequerboard as a pub sign may have its origins from Roman taverns when a board game like draughts was often advertised and played. It may also be an ancient sign to indicate the landlord was a money-lender or could offer secure storage for a travellers valuables.

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

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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