Research Articles

A series of article which may help your research.

Recognizances & certificates of good character During the 17th and 18th centuries licensing magistrates increasingly required that publicans submitted recognizances and certificates of good behaviour, before they were granted their first licence........

In God We Trust - all others pay cash - Using bankruptcy records in researching publicans Publicans have always got themselves into financial trouble as their pubs failed to prosper or found too late that their staff had had their fingers in the till...........

The 1830 Beer Act: Information in Bexley By Jim Packer   The 1830 Beer Act came into effect on 10th October 1830 where upon payment of 2gns to the Excise you could retail Beer Ale Porter Cyder & Perry, without recourse to the Licensing Justices......

Maps Supporting the Public Health Act 1848: Using Wisbech, Cambridgeshire as an example. The town plans for Wisbech, Cambridgeshire were drawn up by RW Dobson & C Weekes, civil engineers in 1853 and an impressive job they made of it..............

The Licensing Act of 1872 and bona fide travellers Under the Act some drinkers became infamous “bona fide travellers”, who could be served outside of normal trading hours.

Licensing Acts of 1904 and 1910 and their effects in Salisbury In the early part of the twentieth century, there was a strong temperance movement in England. The view that arose from this movement was that there were too many public houses compared with the need of the public. In addition, there was a strong movement to ‘improve’ public houses by ensuring......

Reading old Documents. A guide on how to read old hand written documents with an example from 1638. This is a pdf download of less than 1meg.

The National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes UniversityThe National Brewing Library (NBL) has a much broader content than perhaps its simple name suggests. In addition to extensive coverage of the production of beer, whisky and other UK alcoholic beverages there are major sections on  social aspects of alcohol consumption, cooperage, transport, inn signs, etc, and of course, pub history.......

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