Somersham King's Head
closed early 20th century
grid reference TM 085 486
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 30/03/2016
I always thought it was almost opposite the Duke of Marlborough. My ancestors were landlords of two village pubs at one time with one here and another family member living at The Griffin.
The building is thought to have been constructed as a farmhouse in the 15th or early 16th century.
It isn't completely clear which of the buildings in the picture constituted the pub. The section set back from the road is now Street Farm. In one of the old photographs, it can be seen to have a sign, but this cannot be read. The section to the left, running out to the road now makes up part of what's called King's Cottage. This has been extended relatively recently, with a well-integrated extension along the road to the west (not visible in the modern photos). Although this extension looks like part of the original building, old maps show that it must date from some time after 1970.
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 11 Aug 1742 to the King's Head, Sommersham
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 02 Jun 1744 to Thomas Tampion at the King's-Head in Sommersham.
(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 Bob Mitchell)