Woodbridge Queen's Head
previously known as Mariners
70 Seckford St
grid reference TM 268 491
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 29/03/2016
Built 16th or 17th century, with early 19th century façade.
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Queen's Head's license was issued in 1843. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.
It closed in 1960 when the landlord died. Cobbold's decided that since there were four other pubs nearby, there was no point in it continuing to trade (information from licensing records).
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 & 22 Jan 1726 states :
To be left, the Queen's Head in Woodbridge, a Large, Convenient and well accustomed Inn. Enquire of Mr Martin Cobbald, the present tenant thereof, or at Mr John Mathew at Stokehall in Ipswich
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 18 & 25 Jun 1726 that states :
The Queen's Head at Woodbridge, an ancient and commodious Inn, is now kept by Roger Crask, (whose Father Lived there for many Years) and where Gentlemen and Travellers may depend upon Good Accommodation and Entertainment. N.B. The said Mr Crask is at Liberty to buy his Wines from London.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 28 Oct & 04 Nov 1727 that states :
On Sunday Night, 15th October, Robert? Crask of Woodbridge (Queen's Head NOT mentioned) was robbed and then advertised a reward for the return of several remarkable silver pieces of no great Intrinsick value.
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Mar 1729 to the Queen's Head Tavern in Woodbridge.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 13 Dec 1729 that states :
To be sold...The Queen's Head in Woodbridge with appurtenances, being an ancient and well accustomed Inn. Rented at £17 per annum or thereabouts.
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 03 Nov 1733 to Mr Crask at the Queen's Head in Woodbridge (with a further ref to Robert Crask in December 1734)
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 07 Sept 1745 states :
To be sold or lett, on Lady Day, 1746, the lease then expiring, the Queen's-Head at Woodbridge, being a large fashionable and commodious Inn, almost newly-built, with a convenient Brewhouse, large Yards, Stables, Vaults, and Cellars; the House is situated very conveniently for Business on the Market Day, and on the London Road.
In 1830 listed in Well st.
Seckford St was formerly called Well St and Fishpond St (possibly because of the well which supplied the alms-folk with water).****
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 18 Aug in 1843 states that :
On 11 Aug 1843, died, in her 42nd year, Mrs SELF, of the Queen's Head Inn, Seckford Street, Woodbridge.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Woodbridge licensing records.
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** street names from a pamphlet called "A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF “WOODBRIDGE INNS" by V. B. REDSTONE)