The George Inn

The former George InnWinslow has had two George Inns. The current one was known until c.1828 as the George and Horseshoe or New George. It first appears in the alehouse recognizances in 1765. The present building is mainly early 19th-century with some earlier features; the balustrade of the balcony is said to have come from Claydon House, possibly after the sale of some of the contents and fixtures at The Bell in 1784. According to Clear it came from Salden House, which was demolished 1738-43. Pevsner calls it mid-18th century. The original George or Old George is now part of the Bell Inn, forming the present-day restaurant facing Bell Alley, formerly George Alley (photo on right). It is a 17th-century timber-framed building with stone cellars. It was used as the parish workhouse between 1824 and 1837.

Alehouse recognizances

1753-6: George: Edward Duncombe
1760: George: Elizabeth Duncombe
1771: George: Daniel Harris
1776-90: Old George / George: John Goodman (probably the Duncombes' son-in-law)
1795: George: William Goodman (1798 directory: William Goodman brewer (d.1798), John Goodman victualler)

1765-71: New George: John Goodman
1776-95: George & Horseshoe: Richard Barton (1798 directory: Richard Barton victualler)


Fire insurance (Old George)

1779, 20 April: Sun Insurance 11936/275/413175

John Goodman of Winslow victualler and malster £
On his now dwelling house brewhouse stable gatehouse and leantoos adjoining situate as aforesaid 300
Utensils and stock not hazardous therein   200
Household goods therein 100
Storehouse and malthouse pigsties' leantoos all adjoining to the above, a brick wall between and no communication 200
Utensils and stock therein 200
  ___
  1,000

1783, 5 May: Sun Insurance 11936/313/477377

John Goodman of Winslow victualler, malster & brewer £
On his now dwelling house brewhouse storehouse gatehouse and leantoos all adjoining situate as aforesaid 300
Household goods therein only 100
Utensils and stock not hazardous therein only 200
  ___
  600

George & Horseshoe

1785, 16 Dec: Sun Insurance 11936/333/512915

Richard Barton of Winslow victualler £
On his household goods in his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid brick and tiled 100
Wearing apparel therein 20
Utensils and stock therein 180
  ___
  300

 


Land tax

Old George
1781: John Goodman (owner & occupier): £1 4s 10¾d
1786: John Goodman (owner & occupier): £1 7s 1¾d
1795: John Goodman (owner & occupier): £1 7s 2d

George & Horseshoe
1781: Richard Bigg (owner), Richard Barton (occupier): 7s 2½d
1786: Richard Bigg (owner), Richard Barton (occupier): 7s 9¼d
1795 & 1805: Richard Barton (owner & occupier): 7s  9¼d

1796: Will of John Goodman, victualler
Leaves all his property in Winslow to his son William Goodman


Oxford Journal, 12 March 1796
TO BE SOLD by AUCTION
By JOSEPH DUDLEY and SON,
IN TWO LOTS
On Thursday the Third of March, at the George and Horse Shoe, at Winslow, in the County of Bucks;
Lot I. A COPYHOLD ESTATE, comprising a House with three Rooms on a Floor, a large Garden, and Workshop adjoining the same.  The above Premisses have been in the Occupation of a Hemp-Dresser upwards of forty Years, and is well situate for a Person in that Line of Business.
Lot II. Two COPYHOLD CLOSES, Tithe-free, lying in the said Parish, containing, together, four Acres.


Northampton Mercury, 29 Sep 1798

To be SOLD  by AUCTION By  Messrs. DUDLEY & SON,
On Tuesday the 16th Day of October next, at the George, in Winslow in the County of Bucks, at three o’Clock in the Afternooon, under such Conditions as may be produced.

LOT I. Consisting of a Messuage or Tenement known by the Sign of the GEORGE, in WINSLOW aforesaid, with the Common Brewery and Malthouse thereunto adjoining, now in full Trade, in the occupation of Mrs Goodman.

LOT II. A MESSUAGE or TENEMENT in Winslow aforesaid, in the Occupation of Thomas Hogson and Francis Warner, with the Barns, Yard, and Close thereunto adjoining, in the Occupation of Mrs. Goodman.

Lot III. A MESSUAGE or TENEMENT in Winslow aforesaid, in the Occupation of William Higgins, with the Close thereunto adjoining, called WESTERN CLOSE, containing, by Estimation, two Acres, in the Occupation of Thomas Bignell.

LOT V. A CLOSE of PASTURE GROUND in Winslow aforesaid, called HORSE-MEAD PIECE containing by Estimation eight Acres, in the occupation of Mrs Goodman.

The above Premises are Copyhold of Inheritance, held to the Manor of Winslow aforesaid.

The following Lots are FREEHOLD:-

LOT VI. Two CLOSES, adjoining each other, in WINSLOW aforesaid, called BUTCHERS-MEAD and the PLOUGH’D PIECE, containing together, by Estimation , six Acres, in the Occupation of Mrs. Goodman.

All Persons having any Claim or Demand on the Estate and Effects of Mr. WILLIAM GOODMAN, late of Winslow aforesaid, COMMON BREWER, deceased, are desired to deliver the same in Writing, to Mr. John Dudley, or Mr. Joseph Dudley, jun. of Winslow aforesaid, Executors of the said Mr. Goodman; and all Persons indebted to the said Estate and Effects, are desired to pay the same immediately to the said Executors.


Alehouse recognizances

1800-15: George: Richard Barton jr

1800-05: George & Horseshoe: Richard Barton sr
1810: George & Horseshoe: Ann Morris
1815: George & Horseshoe: William Turnham


Land tax

1805: John & Thomas Goodman (owners), Richard Barton jnr (occupier): 15s 0d


Northampton Mercury, 16 Oct 1810

On Sunday night, after an illness of long continuance, in the 66th year of his age, Mr Richard Barton, proprietor and occupier of the George-and-Horse-Shoe, Winslow, Bucks, and well known for his musical abilities.


Northampton Mercury, 9 Nov 1816 [this refers to the old George]

Brewing Utensils complete, 26-hogshead Cask,
Household Furniture and Effects,
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By SAMUEL DUDLEY,
On Wednesday the 13th Day of November, 1816, on the Premises of Mr. RICHARD BARTON, at the GEORGE INN, WINSLOW, Bucks, who is leaving the same, which will be sold without Reserve,
COMPRISING a capital mash Vat, capable of mashing 12 Quarters; excellent Copper, containing 500 Gallons, with Grate and Frame; Copper-back (nearly new), Leadback, Hopback, three large Coolers, Underback, working Tun, Cocks, Spouts, &c.—A Number of sweet iron-bound beer Casks; comprising one excellent Cask, containing 26 Hogsheads, two eleven-hogshead Ditto, 23 beer Pipes, four hogshead and four half-hogshead Casks, Tubs, &c.; several Lots of household Furniture and other Effects.
The Whole of the brewing Utensils and beer Casks are worth the Attention of the Public and those who may be in want of such Articles, being in a good State of Preservation.
The Sale will commence at Twelve o'Clock.


Northampton Mercury, 11 Oct 1817 [the advert for the old George was repeated on 14 Feb 1818 and, without Mr Goodman's name, 23 Sep 1820]

Winslow and Oving, Bucks.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By SAMUEL DUDLEY,

On Thursday the 23rd day of October, 1817, at the George Inn, in Winslow, at Five o’clock in the afternoon, in two lots -

Lot 1.- All that the said old-established and good-accustomed Brick-built and Tiled INN or PUBLIC HOUSE, known by the name of The George, in Winslow aforesaid, lately occupied by Mr. Richard Barton, and now by Mr. Thomas Goodman, one of the proprietors; comprising 2 front parlours, a hall, back parlour, large kitchen, and wash house; 5 convenient bed chambers; large brew-house, extensive warehouses, excellent malt-house, well supplied with water, which will wet sixteen quarters weekly, with suitable granaries and other necessary conveniences thereto attached; very large yard, extensive garden, walled in, and well stocked with fruit trees, stabling for 12 horses, pigsties, and other suitable out-buildings.  The whole hath lately been put into a good state of repair.

Lot 2.- All that FREEHOLD CLOSE of rich old MEADOW GROUND, situate in the parish of Oving, near Aylesbury, known by the name of The Home, containing, by estimation, 8 Acres, (more or less) well fenced, with a number of fine thriving Timber and other Trees growing thereon, and now occupied by Mr. Wm. Flowers, as tenant from year to year.

Lot 1 is Copyhold of Inheritance, held of the Manor of Winslow, with its Members, and is equal in value to Freehold, the fines being very low and certain.

Early possession thereof may be had; and the Brewing Utensils, Beer Casks, Stock in Trade, and other articles, taken to at a fair valuation, if required.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Thos. Goodman, Mr. Charles Willis, solicitor, or the auctioneer, all of Winslow; or Mr John Goodman, cabinet-maker, Aylesbury, Bucks.

Northampton Mercury, 30 Sep 1820
MR. DUDLEY begs Leave to inform the Public, That the SALE advertised by AUCTION, of the GEORGE INN, WINSLOW, is disposed of by private Contract.
Winslow, 24th September, 1820.


Northampton Mercury, 19 May 1821 [the old George again]

Free PUBLIC HOUSE, MALTING, and PREMISES, WINSLOW, Bucks,
To be S O L D  by  A U C T I O N,
By Messrs. GUTTERIDGE & DUDLEY,

On the Premises, on Wednesday the 23rd Day of May, 1821, between the Hours of Four and Six in the Afternoon, in four Lots, subject to such Conditions as will be then and there produced;

Lot 1 COMPRISES a brick-built and tiled INN or PUBLIC HOUSE, called the George, at WINSLOW, centrically situated, and now in full Trade;  consisting of two front Parlours, a Tap Room and Bar, and large Kitchen, five convenient bed Chambers, excellent Cellaring, and a good Brewhouse, a large tiled Building fronting the Street, which may easily be converted into a Stable, and an excellent Yard, in which is a Pump, well supplied with good Water, with a Right of Way through the front Gates.

Lot 2 consists of a large PIECE of superior GARDEN GROUND, in a good State of Cultivation, adjoining Lot 1, inclosed with a brick Wall.

Lot 3 comprises substantial brick-built and tiled MALTING, adjoining Lot 2;  consisting of every Convenience for malting 16 Quarters weekly, with suitable malt Chambers, &c. a large Yard, in which is a Pump and Well of Water;  also an excellent pig Yard and Piggeries.

Lot 4 consists of an ENTRANCE GATEWAY, with a Pair of folding Gates, and a tiled Shed over the same, a large Yard as staked out, and two brick and timber-built Stables.

The above Premises are Copyhold of Inheritance, held of the Manor of Winslow with its Members, and are equal in Value to Freehold, the Fines being very low and certain.

The Estate may be viewed any Time prior to the Sale, by applying on the Premises, where Particulars of Sale may be had;  also at the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood;  of Mr. Chas. Willis, Solicitor;  and of Mr. Dudley, Auctioneer, of Winslow, and Mr. Gutteridge, Estate Agent and Auctioneer, George Street, St. Albans, Herts.

Northampton Journal, 19 Jan 1822

WINSLOW, Bucks.

An old-established Inn (in full Trade), capital Malting, and extensive Premises, peculiarly adapted for a Brewery.

To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By T. WOOD,
At the Auction Mart, London, on Tuesday, January 22 1822, at Twelve o’Clock,

ALL that old-accustomed and well-frequented INN, situate in the Centre of WINSLOW, known by the Name of the GEORGE, now in the Occupation of Mr. Henry Hyde, who will give immediate Possession.

The HOUSE comprises an Entrance or Passage, large dining Room, front Parlour, back Ditto, five convenient bed Rooms, with Closets; tap Room and Bar, Kitchen, Scullery, large dry cool wine and ale Cellar.- The out Buildings consist of a roomy and well-constructed Brewhouse (possessing an easy Communication with the Cellars), and large Warehouse or store Room adjoining, three Stables for 15 Horses, with Lofts, wood and coal Barns, Piggeries, and other requisite Buildings; a Malting, capable of making 16 Quarters weekly, corn Lofts, malt Chambers and Bins complete;  also, a good flower and kitchen Garden (walled in), large Yard, securely inclosed by the Buildings, and a Shed with a Pair of folding Doors.

The local Situation of the Premises offer a singular Opportunity to Innkeepers, Maltsters, or for Investment, are well calculated for a Brewery (having been used as such within the last 20 Years), abundantly supplied with three Pumps of fine Water.- The Whole is substantially brick-built and tiled, and in tenantable Repair.

The Estate is Copyhold of Inheritance of the Manor of Winslow, and nearly equal to Freehold.

The ale Casks and Plant to be taken by the Purchaser.

May be viewed by applying on the Premises, where Particulars may be had;  also of F. Jeyes, Esq. 69, Chancery Land, and Auction Mart, London; King’s Head Inn, Aylesbury;  White Hart Inn, Buckingham; Mr. Wilson, Solicitor, Winslow; and of Mr. Wood, Land  Agent, &c, Leighton Buzzard.


Alehouse recognizances

1820: George: George Cross (Manor court, 21 April 1818: Admission of George Cross of Winslow, blacksmith)
1821: George: John Flowers

In 1824, the (old) George was bought by the overseers of the poor for use as the parish workhouse (Centre for Bucks Studies, D/82/4, pp.321, 364, 382), but was replaced by the Union Workhouse in 1837, when it was put up for auction: see Workhouse.

1820: George & Horseshoe: Richard Barton
1828: George: Richard Barton

1823 directory: George & Horseshoe, Richard Barton (& maltster), Market Place
1821: Will of Richard Barton the elder, innholder & maltster, leaving George & Horseshoe to his wife Ann for her life, then to his son Richard with reversion to his younger son Alfred if Richard died before he was 21. Proved 15 Dec 1823 at St Albans, 19 June 1824 at the PCC.


These notices refer to the final sale and closure of the old George

Northampton Mercury, 15 May 1824 [repeated 5 June]
PUBLIC HOUSE,
WITH IMMEDIATE POSSESSION,
WINSLOW, Bucks.
To be SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT,
ALL that old-established and good-accustomed brick-built and tiled INN or PUBLIC HOUSE, known by the Name of The George, situate in the Centre of the pleasant Market Town of WINSLOW, Bucks, in the Occupation of Mr. JOHN KING, the Proprietor, with an excellent Malting, well supplied with Water, and capable of wetting sixteen Quarters weekly; Wheelwright’s Shop, and other suitable Out-buildings thereto belonging, the Whole of which have been very recently put into a complete State of Repair; large Yard, and extensive Garden, walled in, and well-stocked with choice fruit Trees.- Also, THREE newly erected brick-built and tiled COTTAGES or TENEMENTS, adjoining the above.
The Premises are copyhold of Inheritance, held of the Manor of Winslow, with its Members, and are equal in Value to Freehold, the Fine payable on Death or Alienation being five Shillings only.
Immediate Possession may be had by the Purchaser taking to the brewing Utensils, beer Casks, Stock in Trade, and other Articles at a fair Valuation.
For further Particulars and to treat for the Purchase, apply to Mr. KING, on the Premises, or to Mr. CHARLES WILLIS, Solicitor, Winslow.

Bucks Chronicle, 25 Sep 1824
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE
BREWING PLANT, CAPITAL ALE CASKS, BEER ENGINE,
HORSES, CHAISES, AND EFFECTS,
By SAMUEL DUDLEY,
On Wednesday, the 29th of September, 1824, on the Premises of Mr. John King, at the George Inn, Winslow, who is leaving the same.
THE FURNITURE comprises Four-post, Tester, and Stamp Bedsteads, Feather and Flock Beds, Sheets, Blankets, and Quilts; mahogany and oak folding and round Tables; oak dining Table, with circular ends; Windsor and Flag Chairs; Pier and Swing Glasses; painted Buffet with folding doors ; two deal Settles; Chest of Drawers; Knives and Forks; Japan Tea Trays; Dresser and shelves; Bacon Rack; China and Earthen-ware; capital four-motion Beer Engine; Liquor Counter and drawers; Pewter Quarts, Pints, Half-pints, and Measures; quantity of Earthen ditto; Goblets and Beer Glasses; Tin Cans; Fenders and Fire Irons; Kitchen Utensils in general; 110 gal. Brewing Copper, with brass Tap; 100-gal. ditto, new; two deal Coolers; 20-bushel Mash Vat; Underback and working Tun; two Lead Pumps; Deal Spouts; Sieves; Buckets, &c.; excellent sweet iron bound Cask 14 Hogshead, 6 Hoshead do. 5 hogshead do. 4 Hogshead do. and 3 Hogshead do.; five ninety gallon Casks; Pipe; Hogshead and half Hogshead; Casks, and Tubs; quantity of Ale; half a pocket of Hops; handsome painted Sign, Frame, and Post; ten useful Hackney Mares; two one-horse Chaises; two set of Chaise Harness; Saddles and Bridles; set of Thill Harness; new Malt Mill; Screen; two dozen Sacks; Bushel, and Sieves; Wheelbarrow's; Pig Troughs and [...]; Ladders; Garden Tools, and various other Effects.

The whole will be particularised in Catalogues, and may be had at the neighbouring Inns, place of sale, and of the Auctioneer, Winslow.

The Brewing Plant and Beer Casks are worthy the attention of the Public (being nearly new).

On account of the number of Lots the sale will commence at Ten o'clock, as the whole is intended to be sold in one day.


According to the sale particulars of 1876, Alfred Barton took over the (new) George in 1830.

1841: Census
Market Square

Alfred Barton Innkeeper 30
Mary Barton   35
Sarah Barton   35
John   Cranwell Servant 15
Joseph Balard Servant 45
all born in county

1851: Census
Market Square, George Inn

Alfred Barton Head married 43 Inn keeper, maltster & grazier b. Winslow
Ann Barton Wife married 35 Inn keeper's wife b. Winslow
Ann Barton Daughter   7 Scholar b. Winslow
Maria Barton Daughter   5 Scholar b. Winslow
Eliza Mary Barton Daughter   2   b. Winslow
Richard Barton Son   10m   b. Winslow
Ann Jemima Ballard Assistant unm 23 Assistant in the house b. Aylesbury
Sophia Giles Servant unm 24 Domestic servant b. Lewknor, Oxon
Rachael Corbett Servant unm 17 Nurse maid b. Adstock
Thomas Massey Servant unm 16 Servant b. Winslow

1861: Census
Market Square, George Inn

Alfred Barton Head married 53 Maltster & innkeeper b. Winslow
Ann Barton Wife married 46 Inn keeper's wife b. Winslow
Ann Barton Daughter unm 17 Scholar b. Winslow
Mary E. Barton Daughter   12 Scholar b. Winslow
Richard Barton Son   10 Scholar b. Winslow
Sarah L. Barton Daughter   8 Scholar b. Winslow
Martha H. Barton Daughter   6 Scholar b. Winslow
Alfred Barton Son   4 Scholar b. Winslow
Rosetta Barton Daughter   2   b. Winslow
Ann M. Smith Servant   17 House servant b. Winslow

1861, 5 Jan: Bucks Herald
STEALING MONEY AT WINSLOW.
Louisa Green, 29, hawker, was charged with stealing a half-sovereign, several pieces of the current silver coin of the realm, value 6s., one penny, and one purse, from the person of George Kinch, at Winslow, on the 12th of December, 1860.
Mr. Newton prosecuted; the prisoner was undefended.
George Kinch said he lived at East Claydon, and was at Winslow Fair on the 12th of December last, and went to the George Inn, which he left about five in the afternoon. He had a purse in his right hand breeches pocket containing 16s. 1d. and a few postage stamps. The purse was a leather one, with a piece of elastic around it. He was sober and knew he had the purse when he came out of the inn. The prisoner then came up to him and asked him how he was. He denied knowing her. He went to make water down an alley, when the prisoner followed him, and feeling a button snap, he put his hand into his pocket and felt a wire and string in it, and his purse was gone. He charged Green with taking it. She denied it, and some men passed by whom he had seen with her before. She then ran away, but he caught her.
Charles Batchelor, police-constable No.8, on duty at Winslow, on the day in question received the prisoner in charge from the prosecutor, who had detained her, and who gave to the witness the string and wire produced.
The prisoner denied having seen the string and wire before the prosecutor gave her in charge.
The jury found the prisoner "Guilty," and a previous conviction having been proved, the Court sentenced her to be imprisoned six months to hard labour.


1871: Census
Market Square, George Hotel

Alfred Barton Head widower 63 Hotel keeper & maltster (1 man) b. Winslow
Sarah L. Barton Daughter unm 18 Hotel keeper's daughter b. Winslow
Martha H. Barton Daughter unm 16 Hotel keeper's daughter b. Winslow
Rosetta Barton Daughter   12 Scholar b. Winslow
Charlotte A. Barton Daughter   9 Scholar b. Winslow
William L. Ridgway Servant   15 Pot boy b. Great Horwood
Lucy Holt Servant unm 25 General servant (domestic) b. Swanbourne

1872: Return of public houses
The George: Alfred Barton (owner & occupier)

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/1 (Jan 1875-Mar 1876): valuation of George Inn (Alfred Barton to Barnes)


Bucks Herald, 19 Aug 1876

TO BREWERS, WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANTS, MALTSTERS, AND OTHERS.
W I N S L O W.
THE GEORGE HOTEL, FREEHOLD and TITHE-FREE, and STABLING, in the Market Square, 2 good COTTAGES with GARDENS, and 2 LARGE STABLES and CHAISE HOUSE, in Horn Street,
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY Messrs. DUDLEY & SON,
On FRIDAY, the 25th Day of AUGUST, 1876,
At the GEORGE HOTEL, WINSLOW,
At Four o'clock in the Afternoon, in Five Lots, by direction of Mr. Alfred Barton, the proprietor, who is declining business.
LOT 1.
The GEORGE HOTEL and STABLING, admirably situate for business in the centre of the Town. The House is substantially built, and in excellent repair, and possesses a double frontage of considerable extent to the Market-square and Horn-street, is well fitted up with gas, and has a supply of excellent water. To a young and energetic man it offers an excellent opportunity for a very profitable trade, being a house that will always command a good respectable custom. The business has been carried on by the present owner uninterruptedly for forty-six years.
LOT 2.
A BRICK and TILED HOUSE, consisting of Three Rooms on the Ground Floor and Four Bed Rooms over, Garden with Coal and Washhouse, and a Pump of never-failing Water; in the occupation of Thos. Atkins, at the yearly rent of £13.
LOT 3.
A LARGE STABLE, with LOFT over, and brick fence for manure, in the owner's occupation.
LOT 4.
COTTAGE with Two Rooms above and Two below, with Wood and Coal Barn, and Garden, Pump, and good supply of Water; in the occupation of George Smith, at the yearly rent of £6.
LOT 5.
A LARGE BUILDING, containing Two-stall Stable and Chaise-house, with large Lofts over, in the owner's occupation.
This valuable property is partly Freehold and part is Copyhold of the Manor of Winslow, nearly equal in value to Freehold.
Possession on completion of purchase.
To View apply on the Premises, and for further particulars to the Proprietor, Mr. Barton; or Messrs. Nelson and Hearn, Solicitors, Buckingham; W. Hope Hooper, Esq., Solicitor, Winslow; and to the Auctioneers, Winslow.


1881: Census
Market Square

John H. Pratt Head married 23 Hotel Proprietor b. Abbington, Warws
Emma Pratt Wife married 24 Hotel Proprietor's wife b. Southam, Warws
Hannah Hailes Servant unm 16 General servant domestic b. Stockton, Warws

Alfred Barton retired to live at 20 Horn Street and died at Winslow in 1885.

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/7 (Aug 1880-May 1881): valuation of George Hotel (Barnes to Pratt)


This poem, dated 1881, was published by Arthur Clear: A Thousand Years of Winslow Life (1888), p.22

Ye Publicans and Sinners hear,
The woes that flow from Gin and Beer.

Oh! what a sad affair is this,
About the "George" Hotel,
A Guinea they have fin'd "mine Host,"
I grieve the tale to tell.

Our Sergeant "Bowden" eagle-eye'd,
Kept watch upon the House,
Where revelry and song were rife,
He still as any mouse.

He's safe to catch them soon or late,
Content to bide his time,
He'll find the haunts of sin and vice,
And justice mark the crime.

The midnight burglar's stealthy step,
Unerring he will trace,
And vivid as the lightning flash
The bull's-eye on his face.-
 
The magistrate with sympathy,
Express'd extreme regret,
That such a House, be "damn'd - to fame,"
With gin and heavy wet.

Friend "Barton" he was heard to say,
With proud and with'ring brow,
"Write "Ichabod" upon the House,"
Where is the glory now?"

"Though I am mostly "gay and free"
This makes me very sad,'
To know that old and noble Inn
Should thus come to the bad."

"Full over forty years, unstain'd,
Conducted I that Inn,
And all departed better men
Than when they enter'd in."

"My Grandsire and my Father there,
Maintained a just renown,
The "George" Hotel if not the first,
Was second in the Town."

The mantle that my Father wore,
Descended upon me,
But that is gone for evermore,
Such times will never be."

"Alas to think of by-gone days,
When Doctors fam'd for skill,
Would there meet Tradesmen of our Town,
And glass for glass would fill"

"No "Bobbies" in my early years,
Our freedom dare assail,
Men might get tight, both day and right,
With '”Barton's" famous ale."

"And though they might get jolly tight,
(Dont feel the least surprise,)
No riot in my House was known,
All "'merry and yet wise."

"My bold successor built new "Barnes,"
 
And wav'd his colours high,
And "still they come," no doubt he thought
Would be the future cry."

Ye Publicans and Sinners hear,
The fate of Brother "Pratt,"
And warning take ere tis too late,
Be careful what you're at.

Alfred Barton, George Inn

Alfred Barton outside The George


Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/23, pp.22-33. Inventory and valuation of fixtures and fittings and portion of stock and household furniture, George Hotel (Mr Hillyer to Mr Sturgess), 27 Aug 1890. Rooms listed are: bar, market room, hall, side parlour, front dining room, large dining room, stairs, kitchen, scullery, pantry, stable, 6 bedrooms and cellar. Also the George stable yard with a saddle room (now 14A Horn Street). Valuation: £137 12s 6d. Fixtures for transfer from Jonas Hillyer to Messrs Phipps & Co., £5 10s.

1891: Census
Market Square

Edward Sturgess Head single 31 Licensed victualler b. Launton
Emily Sturgess Sister single 32 House-keeper b. Launton

1895 & 1899: Kelly's Directory
Sturgess, Edward, George inn, Market square
There is no trace of Edward Sturgess in the 1901 census, but in 1911 he was a hotel waiter living in Portobello Road, Notting Hill.

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/35 (June-Dec 1900): valuation of George (E. Sturgess to R.C. Brown)

1901: Census
Market Square, George Hotel

Richard Cecil Brown Head married 34 Hotel proprietor b. Towcester
Nellie Constance Brown Wife married 26   b. Westbury
Annie Dunkley Servant single 16 General servant (domestic) b. Towcester

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/42 (Oct 1904 - Feb 1905): valuation of George Hotel (R.C. Brown to A. Ruddlesdin).

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/45 (May - Oct 1906): Valuation (A. Ruddlesdin to Phipps & Co and Fred Coles)

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/47 (Mar - Oct 1907): Valuation (F. Coles to F.J. Walker)

1907: Bucks Herald, 29 June
PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26. – PRESENT Mr M .Selby-Lowndes and the Hon. Cecil Fremantle.
LICENSING : The George Hotel, Winslow was transferred to Mr F.J. Walker of Northampton; the Royal Oak, Winslow to Mr T. Pullen, and the Golden Lion, Winslow, to Mr J. Wesley.

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/49 (May - Nov 1908): Valuation (Luck to Walker)

1911: Census
George Hotel

Leonard Lack Head married 2 years 30 Hotel keeper b. Wolverton
Minnie Lack Wife married 27   b. Stantonbury
Marion Lack Daughter   1   b. Winslow
Edith Todd Servant single 16 Housemaid (domestic) b. Stantonbury

 

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