The Plough Inn




The Plough Inn is the longest established pub in the village.  Although it is not known when it was built or who its first publican was records show that the inn has been serving pints to villagers for well over 200 years.

The earliest reference to the Plough Innis from an advertisment carried in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury across Oct and Nov in 1805.  The advert copy refers to "Mr. John HARWOOD, who keeps the sign of the Plough, at Coddington".

John HARWOOD died on 23rd Mar 1810 leaving his widow, Rosamond, to continue running the Plough until, in 1812, there is a marriage report in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of Friday, 19th Jun 1812 saying "On Friday se'nnight, Mr. [John] RENSHAW, farmer, of Bathley, to Mrs. [Rosamond] HARWOOD, of the Plough public-house, Coddington, Notts."

Road realignment

The Plough Inn survived a major road realignment when the (old) A17 was driven across Newark road and through the centre of the village from Beacon Hill.  The road passed between the Plough (in blue) and 39 Main Street (shown red).  The buildings between were demolished sometime between 1919 and 1946.


Enlarged plan from 1918 Estate Sale Catalogue     


Historic list of landlords of the Plough Inn

1805 - 1810 John HARWOOD - a series of advertisments carried in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury across October and November in 1805 where part of the advert copy includes reference to "Mr. John HARWOOD, who keeps the sign of the Plough, at Coddington".

1810 - 1812 Rosamond HARWOOD (John's widow) before a marriage report in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of Friday, 19th June 1812 saying "On Friday se'nnight, Mr. [John] RENSHAW, farmer, of Bathley, to Mrs. [Rosamond] HARWOOD, of the Plough public-house, Coddington, Notts

1812 - 1815 John RENSHAW - Farmer and Victualler (and wife, Rosamond RENSHAW).  
Rosamond died 3rd Dec 1814, aged 49 and John died 15th Jul 1915, age 44.

1816 - 1830

Leeson SLIGHT keeps the Plough Inn.  At the baptism of his children (from 1816 - 1825) he is described in the parish register as a publican.  Subsequent to this, a handbill still exists detailing the house of Mrs [Elizabeth] BIRKETT being auctioned "at the house of Mr Leeson SLIGHT, at the sign of The Plough, in Coddington" to be held at 5.00pm on 25th Jan 1820 and this is confirmed in an advert for the same auction in the Stamford Mercury of 7th Jan 1820 [although the landlord is referred to in the advert as "Thomas" SLIGHT]

Nottinghamshire Archives (ref: C/QD/LV/4/5/6) hold a copy of the "Alehouse keeper's recogizance (bond) for Leeson SLIGHT of The Plough in Coddington" dated 1823.  Pigot and Co.'s national commercial diectory dated 1828-29 confirms him at The Plough [although the entry contains an error, ascribing him and The Plough to "Connington"!].  A similar directory entry for 1830 describes him as a "victualler".


A marriage report in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of 28th Jan 1831 quotes: "On Tuesday last [25th], at Fulbeck, Mr. Oliver BARFOOT, [of] the Plough Inn, Coddington, to Miss Mary BALL of the former place".

Directory doesn't identify pub names.  Three victuallers are listed for Coddington; Oliver BARFOOT, James MARSHALL [of the Bell Inn, aka Catch'em Inn] and William BLACKBURN [probably the Red Lion].  John HUDSON was also described in the parish records as a publican at the baptism of his child.


John PORTASS and his wife Mary (both 55)

[Only two publicans are listed on the 1841 census for Coddington; John PORTASS, probably at the The Plough, and William BLACKBURN, probably the Red Lion]



1847 - 60

John Cooper BIRKETT (in the 1841 census he is a "publican" with his mother who is keeping The Black Horse Inn in Norwell).

In The Lincolnshire Chronicle of Friday, 1st Oct 1847 John was described as "publican of Coddington" for his marriage to Miss Elizabeth TORRY of Barnby-road.  

The Nottingham Journal of Friday, 19th May 1848 carried a report: “Coddington, near Newark. - On Tuesday last the members of the Beacon Field Lodge of Old Fellows held their anniversary, which was numerously attended, there being a considerable number of Newark brethren present.  The Newark brass band escorted them to hear divine service at the church, after which there was a dinner at the Plough Inn, and ample justice was done to the choice of viands furnished by Brother BIRKETT, the worthy host.  A most delightful evening was afterwards spent.”

Further, the Nottinghamshire Guardian of 4th Sept 1856 includes "John BIRKETT" at "The Plough" in a list of granted licences at the annual general meeting at the petty sessional division of Newark.

The Plough, "occupied by John BIRKETT" was offered to To be Let in the Stamford Mercury of Friday 30th March 1860 with "possession at Lady Day next".

1860 - 64 

Fowler TANSLEY the 1861 cencus includes:

Fowler TANSLEY (60, born Oundle, Northants)

Elizabeth TANSLEY (wife, 49, born Sutton-on-Trent, Lincs)

George KELHAM (lodger 39, sawyer, born Basington, Notts)

John ADCOCK (lodger 28, sawyer, born Old Basford, Notts)



1879 / 81 / 85 / 92 / 94 / 97-8 /

1900 / 12

Mrs Mary INGRAM at The Plough
1912-13 Edward YOUNG - described in the Nottingham Evening Post of Tuesday,15th Apr 1913 as "A labourer who became licence-holder...." who "failed after 5 months of trading..." and "lately of the Plough Inn"

1916 / 23 / 25

"Benjamin GREEN at The Plough" - An article in The Yorkshire Post on Thursday 26thJul 1923 refers to "Benjamin GREEN, licencee of the Plough Inn, Coddington..." - (named at The Plough in 1925 Kelly's Directory)


Charles Frederick SELLERS at The Plough


Arthur HENTON [and his wife, Clara] named at The Plough in 1941 Kelly's Directory).
A report about his funeral in the Newark Advertiser of 14th Sep 1949 refers to Arthur retiring from the Plough in Jul 1949 "after being landlord for 18 years"  sadly his death on 8th Sep, at Balderton, came soon after his retirement.

1950 / 1951 / 1955

William A PETHIG at The Plough.

The Newark Advertiser of 10th Oct 1951 refers to a beer licence extension for "W A PETHIG of the Plough, Coddington" - "on the occasion of the Newark Motor Cycle and Light Car Club dance in the Castle Ballroom on 2nd Nov.".

Also, the Newark Advertiser of Wednesday, 24th Aug 1955 refers to "Mr. W. A. PETHIG of the Pough Inn, Coddington".

1968 Comments from an article in the Stamford Mercury 29th Nov 1968 refer to Pete & Sue PROFFIT having just moved on from running the Plough Inn, Coddington