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Needham Market Queen's Head

also traded as as: White Lion, Ship, Queens Head

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

opened 15th century

closed 1911

11-15 Hawksmill St

grid reference TM 087 552

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listed building grade II


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last updated 25/05/2017

The Queen's Head was established before 1500. It had a fine inglenook fireplace, bread oven and Bessemer beam.

It has now been converted into a group of private residences.

The pub was owned by several generations of people called William Colchester, one of whom had a wife, Agnes, who was licensed as a brewer and ale seller from 1531 until 1567, when it was probably known as the White Lion (heraldic emblem of Duke of Norfolk). In 1588 it was known as Jordans (after Thomas Jordan and family). In 1675 it was sold to Robert Cuthbert. By 1716 it was called the Ship. Sometime later it became the Queens Head. In 1803 John Cobbold bough the inn. For a short while during the Napoleonic war it became the home of the "Brotherly Love Society".

Another Queen's Head traded in the 18th century in the High Street.


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

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)