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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 25/01/2020
Sudbourne Chequershistorical closure era: late 20th century
Now residential, the pub closed on July 20th 1942 when the entire village was evacuated to allow it to be taken over for military purposes. It wasn't reopened until March 25th 1948, but sadly finally closed its doors in 1991.
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
 Woodbridge licensing records.
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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.