Creeting St Mary King's Head
previously known as Admiral Vernon
closed July 24th, 1959
last owner Cobbold's
6-8 All Saints Rd
grid reference TM 096 567
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 02/09/2015
License surrendered 1959.
The King's Head front door opened into a narrow, tiled passage leading straight through to the back door.
Leading off to the right was the main bar, or tap room. The furniture here was very sparse consisting of one long table down one side, bench seats all round, a couple of chairs, and a rather dilapidated grandfather clock in one corner. The far side was dominated by a large red brick fireplace complete with elaborate iron spit. From this room was a door leading to a small, more nicely furnished public room (for ladies), a larger room which could be used for parties and one of the two staircases.
From the left, after going in the front door, there was another stair case and then you went down a narrow passage, some twenty paces to the beer cellar. Opposite this was a smaller public room called "the Coop" with a piano and an even smaller room that housed spirits, wine, crisps etc and the cash till. Beyond that the passage continued to the private kitchen/living quarters. Beer was all drawn straight from the barrels, there was no bar as we know them today, and to pick up and fill a glass and take it back to the tap room involved a trip of a good fifty paces. And people would often come to the front door with a jug to be filled with beer and taken home - this was popular with Sunday dinner.
Upstairs there were five bedrooms but no bathroom - it was a tin bath and outside toilets for everyone. Like all pubs it could be very quiet and we often kept a roaring fire in the tap room for just one customer all night. Then there were darts matches and parties which kept us busy. After Church was also a good time as a fair number of the choir and congregation would call in on the way home. In fact our best piano player was the Church organist Jacky Runnacles who would come and play after services and then have to bike home to Stonham.
(extract from an article is by Charlie Poulson, once the landlord of The King's Head Inn, Creeting St Mary - see full article here)
The Listed Buildings Register erroneously has this as having been the Buck's Head. That was actually a former name for the Highwayman. The King's Head was built in the late 16th century; we assume it was subdivided into two houses after closing.
Vernon Arms is listed as an earlier name of this pub in an 1805 document. (from Neil Langridge)
King's Head may be listed as possibly dating from 1828 - was the building rebuilt at that time?
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1835 states :
Died on the 10th July 1835, Anna, wife of Mr William Moore, of the Kingâ€™s Head Inn, Creeting.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1890 states that : An announcement of the death on the 10th, at the Kings Head, Creeting St Mary, Harriet, beloved wife of James Campbell, and for many years at the Barham Lodge, Shrubland Park.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)