The Queens Head
According to the picture below the Queens Head was built in 1558 but according to parish records it was built in 1578 to cope with the overflow of people from Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Kirtling Towers. Her Majesty stayed for three days at Kirtling Towers while she was going through East Anglia.
The Kirtling branch of the Shepherds in the Wood Club met at the Queens Head every Easter for a feast. This was a sick club. Each member paid a monthly subscription and claimed benefit if they were sick. Old people of the village say that the women of the village did not get any money the week of the feast because the men spent all their money on beer. The club was broken up in 1970 and the money shared out amongst the members.
Each year there would be a fair in the Queens meadow called Stinger Wright’s Fair.
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