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Ipswich King's Head

previously known as Old King's Head



closed

opened 1531

closed 1880

14 King St

grid reference TM 161 445


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last updated 30/07/2015

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.

The Ipswich Journal*** reports in 1811 the "Original Blue" coach set-out to London EVERY Morning as usual at Reduced Fares, from the Coach Office, Brook-street, Golden Lion, and King's Head, Inns, Ipswich."

This premises was listed in the 1844 Whites Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Bergholt.

By 1865 it was called the Old Kings Head.

A reference in Ipswich Journal*** on 06 to 13 Nov 1725 to the King's Head. Ipswich.

A reference in Ipswich Journal*** on 10 Feb 1733 to the King's Head in Ipswich.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 31 Jan 1736 to the Kings Head in Ipswich

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 08 Oct 1736 to the Kings Head tavern in Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 16 June 1739 states :

To be lett, the King's Head at Ipswich, an old accustom'd Inn to be enter'd upon at Lady Day next, or immediately, if the present Tenant, who is leaving off Business, can dispose of his Stock.

A reference in Ipswich Journal*** on 25 Apr 1741 states : To be lett, the King's Head, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 18 Sep 1742 states :

To be lett or sold, the King's Head, an old accustom'd Inn in Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 11 Jan 1746 states :

The King's Head Inn in Ipswich, which has been shut up for several Years, is now opened again (by) John Twaits.

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post*** on 28 March in 1801 states that :

To the lovers of Natural Curiosities, to be seen alive, In a genteel room at Mr PRESTON's at the King's Head, Cornhill, Ipswich - The largest rattlesnake ever seen in England, 42 years old, nearly 9 feet long, in full health & vigour. He is well secured so that Ladies & Gentlemen may see him without the least danger. Ladies & Gentlemen 1s, Working People & children 6d - The same advertisement appeared on 18 March when the asp was at Mr BULL's, the sign of the Bull, Angel Hill, Bury.

A report in Ipswich Journal***** dated 21 Nov 1827 announced that the Acton, Halliday and Studd brewery Ipswich will be auctioned on 20th June 1828 together with the Ipswich Kings Head public house.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 16 July in 1842 states that :

John LONG (late of the Griffin) has entered the King's Head Hotel, Ipswich, (formerly run by George GARROD). Messrs Long & Cage centenary Practice will now also be run at the King's Head.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1850 states that : Died on the 31st of August, from consumption, in his 41st year, Edward Ribbands, late ostler, to Mr John Long, the Kings Head Inn, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1850 states :

One Guinea reward: Lost from the Golden Lion, Ipswich, a large liver coloured retriever dog, with a full brush tail, answers to the name Archer. To be brought to Mr John Long, King's Head, Ipswich. The dog is of no use to anyone but the owner.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1855 states :

William Larking, of the King's Head Hotel, King's Street, Ipswich, Innkeeper, appeared in the Court of Bankruptcy in December 1855, where he admitted to the following debts; Mr John Cobbold, brewer and wine and spirit merchant, £197 16s 2d; Mr William Rodwell, banker, £195 10s 6; Mr William Samuel Yarington, solicitor, £11 7s 0d.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1880 states that : Died on the 24th at the King's Head Inn, Albert, son of James and Elizabeth Game, aged 9 months.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Apr 1880 states that : Died on the 17th at the King's Head Inn, Miss Eliza Game, assistant mistress at the Blue Coat School, aged 34.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Apr 1880 states :

Consequent upon the premises being required for the purposes of the New Corn Exchange, the King's Head Inn WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY NEXT, the 1st of May 1880. James Game, in returning thanks to the numerous friends who have favoured him with their patronage during the 10 years he has occupied the above house, would like to take the opportunity of informing them, and the public generally, that he has taken the Coach and Horses Hotel, Brook Street, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1880 states that : Died on the 1st at the King's Head Inn, aged 40, Elizabeth wife of James Game.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1880 states :

To be sold by auction, on the premises of the King's Head Inn, Ipswich, by the instructions of Mr James Game, who has taken the Coach and Horses, the entire useful household furniture, trade utensils and effects, comprising tapestry and other carpets, 90 mahogany hair and cane seated chairs, easy ditto and couches, six 4ft tables and 3 mahogany 5ft side tables, 2 sideboards, loo and card tables, prints. Plated articles, comprising tea, dessert, and table spoons, gravy ditto, and sauce ladles, table and dessert forks, fish slice and fork, cake basket, etc., nine dozen knives. Bedsteads, 5 featherbeds and bedding and other bedroom requisites, large quantity of china, glass and earthenware, kitchen requisites, Kent's knife cleaner, etc. The trade utensils comprise 3ft 6in by 2ft 4in refrigerator, pewter mugs, measures, decanters, spirit kegs and other effects.


(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)