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Chestnut Inn, Toppesfield

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Latterly known as the Crawley Arms, but now closed. It appears to be directly next to the Green Man in the 1901 and 1911 census. It is named the Chestnut Brewery in the 1881 census.

Chestnut, Toppesfield

Taken by John Law

The following entries are in this format:

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

April 1864/George Barker, beerhouse keeper, Toppesfield was charged with unlawfully permitting drunkeness on his house/Chelmsford Chronicle

January 1873/Ed Argent, labourer, Toppesfield, pleaded guilty to refusing to leave the house of George Barker, beerseller, Toppesfield on December 9th/Chelmsford Chronicle

1881/George Barker/Wheelwright etc/66/Finchingfield, Essex/Census
1881/Louisa Barker/Wife/62/Bardfield, Essex/Census
1881/Louisa Barker/Daughter/34/Toppesfield, Essex/Census
1881/Charles R Barker/Son, Brewer/32/Toppesfield, Essex/Census
1881/Julia K Barker/Grand Daughter/14/Finchingfield, Essex/Census

4th August 1883/Toppesfield - Sudden death. A sad case of sudden death occurred in this parish on Friday, the 20th instance. Mrs Yeulett widow of the late Mr C Yeulett, of Finchingfield, who resided with her son in law, Mr C R Barker, of the Chestnut Brewers, was seized with a fit while in the garden on Wednesday, the 18th, about noon. She was carried into the house in an insensible condition, and continued so up to her death, which occurred on Friday morning at eight o'clock. Her age was 71 years./Essex News *

August 1895/Charles Ryder Barker, innkeeper, blacksmith etc, of Toppesfield was charged with laying a quantity of timber on the highway - a green space opposite his smithy, and causing obstruction/Essex Newsman

1901/Charles R Barker/Wheelwright, Blacksmith & Beerhouse Keeper/49/Toppesfield, Essex/Census *
1901/Jane Barker/Wife/49/Haverhill, Suffolk/Census

16th March 1906/C R Barker lost his license, and was to leave the beerhouse within two months. His father had owned the beerhouse for several years as well/Chelmsford Chronicle *

March 1906/Mr H W Jones, of Colchester, appeared on behalf of Mr C R Barker, owner and licensee of the Chestnut beerhouse, Toppesfield. The police objected to the renewal, PC Day said he visited the house on the 1st of January this year, and in the tap room were 44 men and youths, while on a tble was a bushel of beer (64 pints). The house had been licensed for over 50 years. Mr Barker to leave the house within two months./Chelmsford Chronicle

February 1907/Supt Terry reported proceedings against two licence holders during the year. In one case a conviction was recorded, and the house has since changed hands. The other case was dismissed. The houses generally had been well conducted. Referring to the Chestnut Tree on-beerhouse at Toppesfield, the on trade of that house had been discontinued for some months. Thirteen persons had been convicted of drunkeness as against 20 last year. There was in the division 27 fully licensed houses, 30 on-beerhpuses, 16 off-beerhouses and four wine and spirit licenses - giving an average of 139 people to each licence. The Chairman informed Mr C R Barker, occupier and owner of the Chestnuts, Toppesfield, that the Justices could not grant the licence today. The house, they ascertained had been shut up. Mr Bright (for Mr Barker) said there appeared to be some misunderstanding with regard to the licence of the house. Mr Barker sold under the old excise licence last year, and then he thought it policy to stop the trade for a short time, and he did not open the house until January. Since then the house had been open for the sale of beer. Referred to March 12th proceedings./Chelmsford Chronicle

1911/William Barber/Beer House Keeper/38/Toppesfield, Essex/Census ****
1911/Edna Eliza Barber/Wife/48/Wickmere, Norfolk/Census

February 1913/Death inquest of George Ruggles, drowned after being at the Chestnuts Inn, the landlord was a Mr William Barber/Chelmsford Chronicle

* Provided by Ray Haw

**** Provided by Kevan

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