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Brandon Chequers

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed 1877 (31 Aug)

High St

grid reference TL 783 868

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listed building grade II

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last updated 29/06/2016

Former Commercial Inn & Posting House. Now known as Connaught House. In 1780, stagecoaches from Swaffham were advertised as calling here.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Jun in 1808 states that : Thomas SMITH has lately entered the Chequers Inn, Brandon and thanks his friends for their liberal support during his residence at The Crown Inn, Downham Market.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 06 Apr in 1814 states that : The Chequers, Brandon, to be let, with about 44 acres of most excellent pasture land - Apply to Mr Robert CLARK, Brandon.

In 1830 the "Hero" coach from Fakenham to London called here every day at 11am. The "Hero" from London to Fakenham also called here at 11am.

The building dates from the early 19th century, with late 19th century alterations.

Universal British Directory

The Lynn coach passes through from London, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, at six o'clock, and stops at the Chequers; returns every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, evening, about seven, and proceeds to the Green Dragon, Bishopsgate-Street.
The principal inns are the Chequers, James Cornwell, and the White Hart, Clark Rampling.


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

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

(1872 BSE Record Office details from Ken Griffin)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(Slater's Royal National and Commercial Directory 1850 from Ken Griffin)


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.