Archive for the ‘Pubs’ Category

Historic pubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Spotted in the excellent monthly  ‘Britain’s Real Heritage Pubs Bulletin’ – sign up by sending an email to
SCOTLAND. Historic Scotland’s new publication, a postcard book featuring historic pubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, is now out: see Historic Scotland for full details

Frome pub exhibition

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Spotted in the excellent monthly  ‘Britain’s Real Heritage Pubs Bulletin‘ – sign up by sending an email to

SOMERSET, pub exhibition. If down Frome way till 7 Sept, do visit the Museum for a free exhibition about local pubs, open 10-2 Tues to Sat. And while you?re at it, do try some of the fairly numerous National Inventory pubs in the county ? they?re brilliant (my favourite is the Seymour Arms, Witham Friary). Frome Standard the museum website is: Frome Museum

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

Book of the Week – the George Inn / Pete Brown

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Just heard Book of the Week on Radio 4.

It’s also on the iPlayer and as a podcast

Shakespeare’s Local – Six Centuries of History Seen through One Extraordinary Pub Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 17 December 2012

Pete Brown’s history of pubs as seen through the story of one remarkable London inn, the George in Southwark, said to be the one-time local of Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare.

The George Inn is one of the few remaining galleried coaching inns, and lies a few minutes’ walk from the Thames. ‘Shakespeare’s Local’ takes us on a literary pub crawl through the history of this pub, from its regulars – the watermen, merchants, actors, craftsmen, writers and coachdrivers – as well as the many incarnations of the pub itself – from lawless Southwark tavern to coaching inn, theatre pub to Victorian drinking den, unfashionable boozer to tourist attraction.

This isn’t only a history of half a century of pubs and drinking, but also a paean to the importance of the now declining pub to British society.

Today: the George’s early days as a Southwark drinking den in the lawless neighbourhood south of the City.

Reader: Tony Robinson is best-known for his portrayal of Baldrick in the Blackadder series. He also presented Channel’ 4’s TV’s Time Team, and is the author of numerous children’s books.
Author: Pete Brown , the ‘Beer drinkers’ Bill Bryson’ (TLS), was named Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers, and is the author of three other books on pubs and brewing.
Producer: Justine Willett.

Film – Roll out the Barrel

Sunday, June 17th, 2012


for a review and sample of the new BFI collection of short films about the pub

Pub Dig TV show

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

We have received the following message – I’m sure Rob wold love to hear from you woth any inspiraion-

Dear Jeff

I hope you don’t mind me writing again but we are hoping to make some more pub digs this summer and I am once again on the hunt for pubs steeped in archaeology.

The last series has proved a big success (and is now on Channel 5 at 8.00pm, Tuesdays).

We have found that the films worked well when the pub and the archaeology could be linked to significant events or periods of British History.

The last series looked at Roman St Albans, The Tudor Dockyards and the Spanish Armada, The civil war in Banbury and Smuggling in Sussex.

We are now keen to look at pubs that could provide a window into the following:

1)      Henry VIII and/or the Tudors and Dissolution of the Monasteries

2)      The Vikings and the Saxons

3)      The Industrial Revolution

4)      The War of the Roses

5)      The Norman Conquest

6)      The Jacobites/Judge Jefferies

7)      Scotland –ie battles between the Scots and the English/ Hadrian’s or Antonine Wall/Clan Wars/Glencoe

8)      Battles between the English and the Welsh/Offa’s Dyke

9)      Anything else!

Apologies for casting such a wide net but if you know of any pubs or experts in the field that I should be contacting about any of the above or if you know of any other pub/story that we should look at then please get back to me.

Thanks so much

Rob Neil


Red Cow in Caversham

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


We are taking over the tenancy of the Red Cow in Caversham and wondered if you might have some knowledge or photo’s on this pub?

We believe it was a Simonds Brewery pub at some stage .

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards

Sara King
2 Model Farm Cottages
Bath Road

Telephone 01189691470 or 07760420923

Pub Photography Competition and Exhibition

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The British Beer & Pub Association presents the UK’s biggest pub photography competition and exhibition – Pub Life.

Entries must be in by 8pm on 30th April, so time is short.

See the BBPA web site for further information:

They say:

Regulars, amateurs and professionals are invited to enter photographs of their local pub across six distinct categories in the hope of winning an Olympus camera and for their image to be exhibited at an exclusive exhibition from the 16th -23rd May 2011 at The Old Truman Brewery in East London.

Pub Oral History project in Hull

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Tony Crosby has sent the following:

Thought this may be of interest if you have not already heard about it.

Best wishes

Royal Arms, Union Street, Aldershot & Froyle Brewery

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

We have had a query about Aldershot – can anyone add to the information please?


Hi Jeff
Do you know anything about the Royal Arms, Union Street, Aldershot? Date 1895
My great grandparents ran it. They took in people from the theatre as lodgers.
On the 1891 census it says he was a musical agent. They lived in Aldershot a good number of years.
Her name was Emily Stovold before she married. His name was Frederick (James) Williams
I noticed that the Stovolds had something to do with Knight breweries but not sure if I got that right.





Hi Caz
I can’t see any references to Stovold in our index of brewers, I’m afraid, or a Knight connection in the Surrey / Hampshire area.


Mike, our archivist, has come up with:

Froyle Brewery, Husseys Road, Lower Froyle

In 1871 run by William S Knight 25 year old son of William Knight, of Sylvesters Farm, the owner. However by 1885 owned by Raymond Morse, so it may be a bit tenuous.

Caz then found this info about brewery cottages.$File/Lower_Froyle_Conservation_Area.pdf