Wickham Market Chequers
220 High St, IP13 0RF
grid reference TM 305 564
listed building grade II
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last updated 21/07/2015
Now residential, the building dates from the late 17th century.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1820 states that :
To be sold by auction, on the 8th June 1820, at the Crown Inn, Woodbridge, Lot 8., the Chequers public house, pleasantly situate in Wickham Market. The tenant has had notice to quit at Michaelmas.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1885 states :
Married on the 31st December 1884, Frank Leggett, only son of Mr Isaac Leggett, the Chequers Inn, Wickham Market, to Miss Jane (Crawley) Walker.
(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 Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
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.