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One Bell, 146 High Street, Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

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Old Berkhamsted High Street and Market Place showing the One Bell

Old Berkhamsted High Street and Market Place showing the One Bell

Kindly provided by John & Sue Brandon

One Bell, 146 High Street, Berkhamsted - in November 2008

One Bell, 146 High Street, Berkhamsted - in November 2008

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

The following entries are in this format:

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

1855/William Rance/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/William Devine/Licensed Victualler/24/Cudham, Kent/Census ****
1881/Eliza Devine/Wife/21/Cudham, Kent/Census
1881/Leonard Pocock/General Servant/27/Berkhamsted, Hertford/Census

1886/Jesse Badrick/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1890/Henry Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1902/Thomas Bray/../../../Kellys Directory **

1912/William Thomas Meads/../../../Post Office Directory ****

My husband (John Charles Brandon) is the grandson of Lawrence Brandon, the publican of the One Bell from 1922,  until approximately 1946. Then, Laur's son's (Ronald Lawrence Brandon's ( b:1906) brother-in-law, JACK MOORE took over as landlord until the pub was finally pulled down to give better access to the brand new Tesco's, then being built. Are you able to find out what year this 'criminal act' actually was? ***

My husband remembers the 'One Bell' well, as he used to go there with his father, Ron. The pub was very old-fashioned, with its only concession to food being the odd bag of crisps! But the most significant thing about the 'One Bell' pub was that it was built on stilts, accessed by an outside staircase (very unusual, I would have thought). By great luck, and much searching, I found the attached picture of Berkhamsted High Street, probably in Victorian times, showing the pub on stilts in the left foreground, with what may have been a horse drawn dray wagon delivering beer (Benskins I think) at the front of the pub. ***

1922/L Brandon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1926/L Brandon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1929/L Brandon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1933/L Brandon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1937/L Brandon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1939/Lawrence Brandon/../../../Kellys Directory **

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By John & Sue Brandon

**** Provided By Kevan

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