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Boxted King's Head

historical era: mid 20th century

opened 1800 circa

closed 1936 (22 April)

Fenstead End, IP29 4LH

grid reference TL 805 509

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last updated 17/07/2016

This pub was actually located in Fenstead End, which is now part of the parish of Boxted. Now residential and known as The Black House.

The 1921 OS map shows the inn at this location. Closed by Greene, King and Co. in 1936 after what was described as an 'agricultural riot' took place adjacent to the pub.

The pub's sign is shown on the front of the building and a car is visible outside.

(information supplied by Peter Dolton)

Bury & Norwich Post**, December 13th 1892

Elizabeth Bean, innkeeper at Finsted End was charged with selling intoxicating drink to a drunk person on October 14th.
William Perry said he was in the Kings Head on the day in question, he went in at 5 pm and stayed till 10pm and had two pints of beer, he saw Charles Shinn there, he was drunk when he came in and was served with whisky, he ordered 1s worth and had it all in one glass. Witness admitted that Shinn had sworn at him and he had informed the police to do him a bad turn. Mrs Bean said she had kept the house for 28 years and had not had any complaints against her house and that Shinn was not drunk.

This property was built approx 1800 when it included a mill several cottages and a parcel of land. On 24 Feb 1875 Mr F M King of Bury St Edmunds acquired the property. The property had changed hands several times, but in 1875 it was still a fully licensed inn (with adjoining shop). On 21 June 1881 W S Finch (Brewers Clerk) sold the property to F W King (Brewer) for 600 pounds. On 22 April 1936 Greene King sold the property to F Smith and C White, at which stage it was de-licensed by covenant.

The property has been in private ownership since and the restrictive covenant still appears to exist. Over the years we have met several people who knew the property as a pub, one of whom remembered swimming in the flooded pub's cellar. Sadly the cellar is now filled in. The bar has been removed, but we still have the off sales counter and bench seating and wooden panelling (complete with dart puncture marks) in the bar room.

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

(information supplied by Peter Dolton)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)