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Ipswich Chequers

historical era: mid 20th century

opened pre-1689

closed 1928-1932??

last owner cobbold

24-26 New St

grid reference TM 170 442

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last updated 20/07/2015


The pub stood roughly where part of the current Suffolk College now stands. New Street evolved in the 1830s as part of the development of the "Potteries" - an impoverished area packed with poor quality housing that was mostly cleared in the 1930s.

One source dates the pub closure to 1921.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 25 Jan 1729 to the Chequer in St Matthew's in Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 14 Feb 1741 states :

To be lett, and enter'd upon at Lady Day next or Midsummer, the Chequer Inn in St Matthew's Parish, Ipswich. Enquire of Mr Chenery of Needham Market or Mr Robert Peacock, at the said Inn, who desires to leave off Publick Business.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 30 Apr 1743 to the Chequer, Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1800 states that :

Tuesday, 9th, Mr Arthur, of the Chequers, Ipswich married Miss Plumb, of Limehouse.

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** 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.