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Photo of King's Head

Ipswich King's Head

also traded as as: Old King's Head

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

opened 1531

closed 1880

14 King St

grid reference TM 161 445

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last updated 13/08/2017

The King's Head was demolished to make way for the Corn Exchange in 1880, together with adjacent Sickle. This was one of the town's most ancient inns; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. It's claimed**** that King Street takes its name from the inn. It was a notorious venue for cock-fighting in the 18th century.

These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory, with carriers operating from the inn to Bergholt.

By 1865 it was called the Old Kings Head.


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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History, 1888)

(***** information supplied by Neil Langridge)