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Hopton Chequers

historical era: mid 20th century

opened pre-1739

closed between 1958 and 1976

Fen St

grid reference TL 985 791

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last updated 30/11/2016

The pub is shown on OS maps at least as late as 1958, but by the 1976 sheet it's shown as "Chequer House", so presumably must have closed between those dates.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 29 Jan 1743 to the Chequer Inn with two Acres of Meadow Ground at Hopton.

A Survey of Suffolk Parish History reports that the pub was recorded as existing in 1739.

A report in the Bury & Norfolk Post & Suffolk Herald** on 25 Mar in 1801 states that :

Auction of the Household Furniture, Brewing Utensils & other Effects of Mr Thomas ARCHER, Beer Brewer at The Old Chequers, Hopton, who has declined business.

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

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


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.