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Woodbridge King's Arms

also traded as as: Roger's Cross

historical era: mid 20th century

closed 1968 circa

47 Thoroughfare

grid reference TM 274 491

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 06/10/2016

Now shops. Mainly built in the early 19th century, with some early 18th century parts at the back.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the King's Arms' license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Jun-18 in 1881 when Mr Hines was the landlord states that:

Mr Hines the landlord of the Kings Arms Inn borrowed a ten pin ball from a man called Mouser who in turn had bought it from a Frederick Spalding alias "The British Workman". Spalding had stolen the ball from William Revett landlord of the Cock and Pye, Woodbridge, he was found guilty and received one months imprisonment with hard labour.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 27 March 1736 states :

To be sold, the King's Arms, in the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, a well accustomed House, now in the occupation of Mr John Syliss

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Dec-28 in 1838 states that the pub was sold to Mr Kimber as part of the Samuel Alexander's Brewery sale, the Kings Arms selling at £930.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 08 Jun in 1849 states that :

Sale of Kings Arms, Woodbridge, lately undergone a thorough repair & will need no outlay for some years. Apply to East Hill Brewery, Colchester.

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

Henry Flaxman, for 16 years landlord of the King's Arms, Woodbridge, is leaving to enter into the EUR Hotel, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in September 1865 states :

To be sold by auction, that excellent old established free Inn and premises, known as the King's Arms, Woodbridge, with yards, stabling, gardens, etc., offering a rare opportunity to any energetic person requiring business.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 26 Oct in 1869 states that :

The licensed Victuallers Tea Association advertised the sale of tea via its Suffolk Agents. This was a response to the irregular sale of Wine by Grocers and included a reference to S.A. GOUT of the King's Arms, Woodbridge.

(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 Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)