The King and Queen
Typed notes, a photo of Charles Heath and Elizabeth Heath, publicans of the King & Queen 1901-1911, and a newspaper cutting and photo about Johnnie Chick's beer-drinking dog Toby Jones!
Parts of this building date back to the 16th century. It has been in continuous use as a public house since around this time and remains so today. It is believed to have been first named after King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, but with the fall of the King in the Civil War, this name might not have endured. Apparently, however, it was re-named ‘William and Mary’ after these monarchs reigned in 1689-1702, and later changed to its current name. The list of licensees record states that it was first recorded in 1702, the year in which King William died and this fits in with the understanding that an inn may not be named after a reigning monarch.
The profits of the King and Queen soared between 1702 and 1763, possibly because of the start of the private coach trade.
In the 1940s and/or 1950s, the landlord was Bernard Perkins aided by his wife, Mrs Perkins. At around this time, the pub garden was 'halved' on either side so as to provide a car park accessed from Church Road.
In the 1980s, the landlord was Johnny Chick.