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Nayland Queen's Head

historical era: mid 20th century

closed 1957

1-3 High St

grid reference TL 975 343

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listed building grade II*

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Nayland is part of the Nayland with Wissington parish

CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 24/03/2016

Mainly dates from the 16th and 17th centuries but may have some parts dating back to the 15th.

In 1823 coaches left here for Colchester & London on Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoons at 4pm and coaches left here for Sudbury on Tue, Thu and Sat mornings at 11am. By 1839 no coaches were listed as stopping at the inn.

From the 1791 Universal British Directory "The yearly meeting of the commissioners of the navigation [the Stour] is held at the Queen's Head here [Nayland], the last Monday in September, by direction of the act of parliament."

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1830 states that :

To be sold by auction by virtue of an order of the Commissioners, under a commission of bankrupt against Isaac Brightwen, Robert Brightwen and Isaac Brightwen the Younger for the benefit of Jeffery Grimwood and John Cunnington.

Lot 11. A very valuable freehold Inn known as the Queen's Head, situated in Nayland, Suffolk, in the occupation of Jacob Stow. Part of the house is converted into 2 tenements. The out premises consist of a large yard, with a very long range of good stabling, 2 riding horse stables, and a garden, with a pump of good water. There is a Right of Commonage belonging to and occupied with the said premises. Two weeks later it was reported that the Queen's Head was sold at auction to Mr Cobbold, Ipswich, for £640.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 05 Jul in 1839 states an Auction of all the neat & useful household furniture of Mr Wm. BASKET, at the Queen's Head Inn, Nayland.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 12 Nov in 1862 states that :

To be let, with immediate effect, The Queen's Head, Nayland; apply to the North Hill Brewery, Colchester.

Reported in Court Street from 1841 to 1891 and in 1911. Premises at 41 Court St. (1871 address) not shown as a pub in 1881 census.

(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)