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Raydon Chequers

previously known as Horseshoes


opened 1490

closed 1997

The Street, IP7 5LW

grid reference TM 050 385

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/07/2015

Reported as closed in Last Orders*** in Jan 1981 after Tolly Cobbold had closed it at end of September 1980 as a tied house. They subsequently sold it with a license and it traded as a free house for some years until final closure in 1997.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Aug-01 in 1846 when Edward List was the landlord states that he had 2 pigs slaughtered at his house by a Mr Edward Dunthorne Double.

In June/July 1981 edition of Last Orders*** it was reported that the Chequers (Free House) was offering Adnams, Greene King & Tolly Cobbold beers on handpump.

(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)

(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)


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.