Walsham le Willows Chequershistorical era: ancient
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listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 08/01/2017
The house was built in 1581 as a private property. According to the village website, it probably only operated as an inn for 20 or 30 years.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The chequerboard as a pub sign may have its origins from Roman taverns when a board game like draughts was often advertised and played. It may also be an ancient sign to indicate the landlord was a money-lender or could offer secure storage for a travellers valuables.