Cockfield King's Head
grid reference TL 896 554
listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 28/02/2016
Built 16th century, with additions in the 17th. Now houses Thatchers Restaurant.
The pub appears on the 1958 OS map, but has gone by the 1975 sheet (when the building's shown as "Thatchers"), so presumably closed between those dates.
My grandfather James Jolly was landlord here and also at the Brettenham Crown. I lived with him from 1940 to 1945, his sister also had Felsham Six Bells and two nephews had Hesset Five Bells & Preston Six Bells.
In 1874 listed at Hall Green and in 1891 at the Water Cross Green.
"I was born [in Cockfield] and lived there until 1961 at Cross Green. The landlady from at least 1948 (when my parents moved there) until at least the mid 1960s was Connie Goodchild, as far as I know members of her family still live in the area. Unfortunately for me, the pub has sad memories. My brother and only sibling was killed in a road accident just outside the pub in 1961 when he was ten years old (in the modern photograph of Thatchers the place it happened was just by the right-hand corner where there is a two-bar barrier attached to an out-house. Despite this I appreciate being able to find a reasonable photograph of the building" Regards, Mike Dennis
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)