The Chequers

The Chequers

The Chequers, also known locally as "The Bunk", was in Forncett St Mary at the junction of High Road and Chequers Hill. The building was a licensed pub from 1789 until 1983 and is now a private house. It is a plastered clay lump Grade II listed building.

The Chequers, circa 2009
The Chequers, circa 2009

The known licensees of the Chequers were:

William Cook 1789-1801

Ann Cook 1801

Canham Harvey 1836-1850

John Barker 1851-1852

Elijah Harvey 1854-1858

George Harvey 1861-1892

Alfred Stone 1896

Thomas Baxter 1900

James Baxter 1901-1922

Arthur Ernest Mann 1925-1939

Tom & Rosa Cumberland

Charles and Kathleen Moss c1962

In 1839 the Chequers was supplied by Morgans brewery, Old King Street, Norwich. Morgans was bought by Watney Mann in 1961 and they then continued to supply the pub until it was closed in 1983.

Below are a number of photos taken at the Chequers in the 1980s.

Back row left to right: Joe Moss, Peter King, Reggie Ludkin. Front row left to right: Charlie Moss, John Bassingthwaite, Maurice Moss, Alan Aldridge, Robert Sculfor.

Left to Right: Charlie Moss (landlord), Marjorie Nicholls (nee Drake), Tom Blake, Marion Hawkins (nee Moss), Derek Chaplin, Mary (Kathleen) Moss - landlady, Frank Nicholls.

Standing - Marjorie Nicholls, Seated - Doris Landsell (nee Moss), Brian Landsell, Frank Nicholls

Left to right: Billy Bunn, Charlie Moss, Daisy O'Sullivan (Charlie's sister), Mary Moss