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Bear, 16 The Square, Stock, Ingatestone, CM4 9LH

Early mappings of the area by the NLS

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Essex. The  Essex listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Also known as the White Bear

The Bear, Stock - circa early 1900s

The Bear, Stock - circa early 1900s


The Bear, Stock - circa 1919

The Bear, Stock - circa 1919

All kindly provided by Colleen

The Bear, Stock

The Bear, Stock

Provided by Colleen

Bear, Buttsbury in 2002

July 2002

Taken by Stephen Parker

One of the regulars at the Bear was Old Spider, an Ostler, who had the habit of climbing up the chimney in one bar and descending down the chimney in the other. Sometimes he would disappear for the night and reappear the following day. The regulars soon came to take no real notice of Old Spider's antics and assumed he'd discovered a disused loft in which to sleep off his excess drinking. One day he failed to reappear and the locals assumed he's left town. He was soon forgotten, but 20 years later, during renovation work, his charred body was found wedged between the two chimneys. His ghost is said to haunt The Bear today.

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1828/William Mumford/Licensee/../../Alehouse Recognizances**

1828-9/William Mumford/../../../Pigot's

1832-3/William Mumford/../../../Pigot's

1839/William Ratcliff/../../../Pigot's

1840/William Ratcliff/../../../Pigot's*

1845/Thomas Steward/../../../Post Office

1848/Thomas Steward/Victualler/../../White's

1851/Thomas Steward/../../../Post Office

1851/Thomas Steward/innkeeper/54/Maldon, Essex/Census ***
1851/Elizabeth Steward/wife/51/Hatfield [Peverel], Essex/Census
1851/Caroline Bradley/visitor/18/London/Census
1851/William Norman/visitor, scholar/10/Colchester, Essex/Census
1851/William Shepherd/ostler/53/Great Baddow, Essex/Census
1851/John Fluze/lodger, soldier 20th Foot/34/Wickford, Essex/Census
1851/George Howard/lodger, journeyman blacksmith/18/Great Leighs, Essex/Census

1855/H. Coker/../../../Kelly's*

1862/Joseph Barratt/../../../Kelly's

1867/Joseph Barrett/../../../Post Office

1870/Joseph Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1871/Joseph Barrett/../../../Post Office

1874/Joseph Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1878/Joseph Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1881/Joseph Barrett/Licensed Victualler/60/Hockley, Essex/Census
1881/Fanny L. Barrett/Wife/56/Wickford, Essex/Census
1881/Katie Barrett/Niece/16/Coggeshall, Essex/Census
1881/Ann Smee/Domestic Servant/27/West Hanningfield, Essex/Census
1881/George Read/Assistant Groom/15/Little Baddow, Essex/Census

1882/Joseph Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1886/Joseph Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1894/George Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1895/George Barrett/../../../Kelly's

1898/William H. Newman/../../../Kelly's

1899/William H. Newman/../../../Kelly's

1902/William James Horne/../../../Kelly's

1908/Harry Brown/Blacksmith/../../Kelly's

1912/Harry Brown/Blacksmith/../../Kelly's

1917/Harry Brown/Blacksmith/../../Kelly's

1925/Harry Brown/../../../Kelly's

1933/Harry Brown/../../../Kelly's

* Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900

** Provided by Mike Smith

*** Provided by John Mead

And Last updated on: Wednesday, 12-Aug-2020 17:43:24 BST