Walsham le Willows Chequershistorical era: ancient
opened approx. 1783
grid reference TL 999 705Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 11/05/2017
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.