Archive for April, 2013

George and Dragon North of Stotfold; “Hop Porter” / “Hop Sampler”

Friday, April 5th, 2013

My Mother-in-Law, Doris Rogers (nee Dilley), was a very long-standing landlady in various McMullens pubs in Hertfordshire and knew the brewery family. In the mid 1800s her grandmother, Edith Dilley, later Gaylor (nee Craft), ran a pub called the George and Dragon North of Stotfold and I would like to research her brewery connections. Edith Craft was widowed and ran the pub under her second husband’s name Gaylor

I am particularly keen to find out about my Great Grandfather Alexander MacPherson whose only records are BMD certs and Census but these show he worked as a “Hop Porter” and latterly a “Hop Sampler” based in Bermondsey 1874 to 1895.   I guess this possibly means he may have worked at the “Hop Exchange” or could these specialist occupations be common in the individual breweries?

Best Regards

Andy McPherson