Pubs and Alehouses

 

Coddington has two pubs today: 

  • The Plough, where they have been serving pints to villagers for almost 200 years. (Our earliest current reference to the Plough is from1820). This building survived major road realignment when the (old) A17 was driven across Newark road and through the centre of the village from Beacon Hill.)

  • The Inn on the Green was once part of a farm and malting complex, and has only been a club or pub for just over 50 years.

Other watering holes have come and gone:

  • The Catch'em Inn, marked on an 1835 map of Newark once stood at a bend of Newark Road close to a tollbar. It was also known as the Blue Bell, and was part of a smallholding. It had ceased to be a pub by the time of the 1918 Estate Sale, but the area was still known as "Catch-em-in corner". The smallholding buildings were demolished to make way for the A1 road.
  • The Globe Inn or Old Globe Tavern once stood on Main St opposite Hall Farm. It too had ceased serving by the time of the 1918 Estate Sale, and the buildings were later demolished.
  • The Red Lion, on Main St aljost opposite the lower entrance to Church Lane lasted well into the 1960s. However it and nearby cottages were also demolished in the "improvements" of the 1970s.

No doubt there were others before this. Our earliest reference to ale selling is in the court records. In 1654 Goodwin Foreman and William Crosly, common brewers at Coddington, were fined 4d for "not selling their ayle according to ye statute."

 

According to the 1912 Directory, the population of Coddington 'is largely engaged in malting during the winter months'. Malting also once formed a good part of the business empire of Coddington Hall's owners, the Thorpe family.

 

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From the Parish records, trade directories and census data we have compiled a list of publicans, victualers and beer sellars. {Insert link}.