Bonus Boozer #1

My last post marked a milestone but the one prior to that had me eating a sandwich by a milestone and offered the suggestion of another couple of possible bygone boozers to boot. This brief post will deal with one of those.


Nested in the angle of where Slade Hollow Lane splits from Back Lane in Hollington stands this building.


It just has an aura which shouts 'bygone boozer'. The little wooden sign on the gate gives a little more support to the theory.


A clue as to its past.

Delving into the directories and I find that both Glover's and Pigot's editions of 1829 give a John Barker as a victualler at the Green Dragon Inn in Hollington, so this is likely to have been it.


References to the place seem rather scarce. Bradshaw's 1846 edition gives a Joseph Byfield in residence but there's no reference to the place in the census that took place five years earlier. Joseph certainly wasn't there as he was running a pub in Church Street in Duffield at the time, but he's in the 1851 one in Hollington as a carrier and publican.


By the time White's 1857 directory is published Joseph has gone and one George Orme is there. But he's not there for long, as the 1861 census has him as an inmate in the Derby asylum. That 1857 entry is that last reference to the inn that I can find. There are other Ormes living in the vicinity in 1861 but nothing to suggest that the pub is still up and running in either that or any subsequent census or in any post-1857 directory that I've found.


I don't know how long George was in the asylum for, but I think I might be joining him soon as I no longer seem to be able to access my 'dead pub' folders and my back-up USB stick just keeps telling me that it needs to be formatted. I think I'll be spending a bit of time delving into directories of a different nature for a while.


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