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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 09/11/2017
Ipswich Chequershistorical era: mid 20th century
closed 1928-1932 circa
last owner cobbold
24-26 New St
The pub stood roughly where part of the current Suffolk College now stands. New Street evolved in the 1830s as part of the development of the "Potteries" - an impoverished area packed with poor quality housing that was mostly cleared in the 1930s.
One source dates the pub closure to 1921. The building was subsequently demolished.
The pub is shown on this OS town map of 1883.
(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)
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.