Thursday, 12 November 2020

Old Pubs and Old Forges

 I biked the six mile loop again and took the camera to capture some of the old houses and buildings that were once pubs or forges.

Once a forge, now just a building used for storage. This part of the village is called Blacksmiths Green.


 

This house below was once a pub, right up to the 1970s. Colin could remember going there in his teens.

It was called The White Horse but known by everyone as The Cat and Mouse. A Pub with no bar, the landlady would fetch the beer from a barrel in the back room

 A House with attached building called The Old Forge


This House below is called The Trowel and Hammer. Once a pub but closed even before the Cat and Mouse.


Below and a couple of miles away from the house above is a pair of cottages , called Old Trowel Cottages. This was a pub way, way back in history.


 

And finally in the oldest bit of the village, close to the church is another house called The Old Forge.


Somewhere in this bit of the village there would have been another pub and I wasn't sure exactly which house it was. But after looking in the book about the village that was put together several years ago and then added to in the 1980's it seems the house above was a pub and still has a cellar but was later renamed the Old Forge. 


(Direct Debits for Council Tax, Phones, Car Breakdown Insurance,Charity Donation Total £260)

1st.        No Spend
2nd        Food  £33 + Cat £6 +  Diesel £18 + Printer Paper £4.          = £61  
3rd         No Spend
4th        Swimming £2.25
5th         No Spend 
6th        No Spend
7th          No Spend
8th         No Spend
9th        No spend
10th       Food £18 + Cat £5 + Kitchen stuff £2.50 + Pharmacy £3.80 
               Christmas bits £3.50      = £32
11th        No Spend
 
 
Back Tomorrow

Sue

(And if you were watching Antiques Road Trip yesterday afternoon you should have picked up a clue to where I went a few weeks ago and the mystery thing I bought which represents a letter in the Ogham Tree Alphabet.......................I'll write about it one day next week.)

24 comments:

  1. Those a beautiful houses. It must be confusing for the postman if they're all called the Old Forge though!
    (must look up the Roadshow on iPlayer)
    xx

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    1. All the bits of the village have different names so another line in the address after the house name to help the postman and all different postcodes too.
      And I forgot about another old pub on the edge of the village on the main road too!

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  2. Gorgeous houses, didn't we have a lot of pubs back in the day!!

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    1. and even further back in history there were other places known as "Beer Houses", which brewed their own beer and you could go with a jug and buy to take home but that was when water wasn't fit to drink!

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  3. Looks very similar to around here. Talking of taking the jug to the beer house, we seem to have come full circle during lockdown as it is now possible to go to the micro breweries at the rear of some pubs who brew their own and take home a jug of beer.

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    1. It's sad they all closed in the village but so have so many others everywhere.
      No idea where the Beer Houses were

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  4. I love the old names of the pubs. When I use to take my sister and brother to see my Great Grandmother on a Sunday we use to pass the Forge it was so lovely to see and that was in the 1947s. I use to get a jug of Beer for the lady next door to me from the Jug and Bottle pub (The Red Lion) when I came home from Sunday School. So many memories.

    I enjoy Anquitue Road Show.aways something interesting to see.
    Hazel c uk 🌈🌈🌈

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    1. Once cars appeared on the scene that was the end of forges I guess.

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  5. I particularly enjoyed this post. I lived for a while in Henham, a small village, and remember seeing the Blacksmiths Forge, and his fire. While we lived there the local station was closed. It was a lovely village with a row of small thatched cottages. One of my loveliest possessions is a film, now on dvd, from the 1950's that a visiting uncle made of a fete there with a decorated bike contest etc., I remember the fete, and looking at the dvd is like stepping into the past - my uncle included me a couple of frames of me walking hand in hand with my mum. Such a nice reminder of a bygone era.

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    1. By the 1960s all the forges had gone - but how lovely to have your Dvd of Henham Fete. Now there are hardly any fetes either

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  6. Pre-car. Pre-television. We've seen a lot of changes.

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  7. I enjoyed seeing all your pictures of the old houses and buildings! The top picture has an artistic look with the aged roof and weathered wood. This must seem like a silly question to you but do all homes and buildings there have names instead of numbers for their address? Here every house has a number and street name for the address.

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    1. Out in the country where houses are on their own we have names but in villages towns and cities or on housing estates where houses are in streets in rows then it's number and street name. But even with a number some people add a name too!
      Trying to remember all the house numbers I've lived at 6, 20,
      36,9, 40 and two Cottages with names and Fareacre at the smallholding!

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  8. I can remember drinking at a few pubs in Dorset where the beer was kept "out back" and you took your drink to sit around the walls of a very basic room with walls and ceiling stained ochre with cigarette smoke.

    A few of the local houses round here were pubs or inns in the past but are now just homes or have been demolished.

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    1. It seems so strange to think of how many pubs there were in this village yet very few houses

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  9. I had a long "think" about this - of course the pub would have been the local neighbourhood centre, the forge dealt with iron for wheels, axles, hinges and the like, horse shoes and farm tools. All before the "disposable Society" of plastic and cheap products, of TV and radio.

    What a different world. ...

    also before flushing toilets and safe sewerage disposal, reliable hot water, electric light and modern medicine.

    Although nostalgia casts a rosy glow, I think I'll stay in the 21st century, thank you.

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  10. There were an awful lot of pubs/beer houses in one place! Is there a modern day pub in the village now?

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  11. This will date me but I remember as a child going to watch the blacksmith at work in his forge - not sure if he was shoeing horses or doing other metal work.

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  12. You really do live in a lovely part of the country, Sue. Six miles....wow!!

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  13. You have such wonderful old houses in England

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