Ware pub history index
There was a Saracen’s Head in Ware as early as 1656. The original pub was demolished in October 1957 and rebuilt in the 1960s. ** The National Archives suggests as early as 1433 *
Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Hertfordshire . The Hertfordshire listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
Saracens Head, High Street, Ware - early
Kindly provided by Peter Wonnacott
Saracens Head, Bridgefoot, High Street, Ware - in May 2009
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.
Richard Skeggs “plumber and victualler” of the Saracens Head in the 1861
census, was not the first Skeggs associated with the pub. The following is
from the U.K. National Archives. *
Reference dated 1433-34. The “tenement called the Sarsynyshed” would today be rendered the “Saracens Head”.
Feoffment D/EWe/4/23 29... 1433-1434
Contents: 1. Walter ? Lome of Ware, Richard Crouche of Thundridge, Thomas Hoddsdon of Amwell 2. Thomas Raulyn of Brampton, Hunts, John Takele, Richard Myddelton of Ware and John Skegge of Standon.
Tenement called the Sarsynyshed in Ware (boundaries given): 2a meadow in a meadow called Estmed (boundaries given); pasture for one cow in Nethenomersh.
Witnesses: William Hert, William Herdewyk, John Hert, John Bedford, John ?Osmond.
The following reference which is clearly related to the same group of properties is dated 1434.
Quitclaim D/EWe/4/24 30 Mar 1434
Contents: John ?Broune of Ware to Thomas Raulyn of Brampton, Hunts, John Tak[ele], Richard Myddelton of Ware and John Skegge of Standon.
Tenement called the Sarsynyshed in Ware; 2a meadow... in Ware; pasture for one cow in Nethenhomersh in Amwell.
Witnesses: Thomas Ware, William Hert, William ?Herdwyk, John Hert, Thomas Glover.
1818/Evander Price - Lessee/../../../Property Deeds, held at Hertfordshire Archives **
1847/Daniel Brown/../../../Post Office Directory
1855/Daniel Brown/Brewer, Maltster, Wine & Spirit Merchant/../../P.O. Directory **
1861/Daniel Brown/Inn Keeper, Brewer & Maltster/61/Shottesham, Norfolk/Census
1861/Eliza Brown/Wife/49/Canfield, Essex/Census
1861/Diana Colyer/Sister in Law, Tap Barmaid/39/Canfield, Essex/Census
1861/Charles Colyer/Nephew, Assistant/14/Canfield, Essex/Census
1861/Augusta Singer/Barmaid/22/Warminster, Wiltshire/Census
1861/William Jackson/Hostler/28/Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/George Crampton/Boots/20/Thundridge, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Lydia Hart/Cook/23/Stanstead, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Jane Reason/Chambermaid/21/Ware, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Edwin Elding/Lodger, Commercial Traveller/34/Wisbeach High Fen, Cambridgeshire/Census
1864/Daniel Brown/Innholder/../../Property Deeds, held at Hertfordshire Archives **
1866/Mrs Eliza Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **
1870/Mrs Eliza Brown/../../../Kelly’s Directory **
1871/Eliza Brown / widow / 59 / Inn Keeper / Little Canfield, Essex /../../../1871 census **
1871/Charles Colyer / nephew / 24 / / Little Canfield, Essex /../../../1871 census
1871/Susannah Colyer / niece / 13 / Scholar / Little Canfield, Essex /../../../1871 census
1871/Jane Stranges / niece / 16 / Barmaid / Great Canfield, Essex /../../../1871 census
1871/Martha Morgan / servant / 24 / Waitress / Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire /../../../1871 census
1871/Ann Murphy / servant / 18 / Cook / Ware, Herts /../../../1871 census
1871/Frederick Warmer / servant / 19 / Boots / Walkern, Herts /../../../1871 census
1874/William Henry Clarke/../../../P.O. Directory **
1878/William Henry Clarke/../../../P.O. Directory **
1881/William Henry Clarke/Licensed Victualler/40/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1881/Joseph Clarke/Son/17/Barnsbury, Middlesex/Census
1881/Isabella Gee/Cousin, Housekeeper/33/Newington, Middlesex/Census
1881/Ellen Brown/Cook/19/Ware, Hertfordshire/Census
1881/Kate Shepherd/Waitress/18/Buntingford, Hertfordshire/Census
1881/William Pocock/Boots/18/Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire/Census
1890/Granville Sharp/../../../Post Office Directory
1891/Granville Sharp/Hotel Keeper/42/Colpleworth, Lincolnshire/Census
1891/Alice M Sharp/Wife/37/London/Census
1891/Kathleen M Page/Barmaid/24/Dunmow, Essex/Census
1891/Rose Duimock/Cook/25/Codicote, Herts/Census
1891/Louisa Duimock/Housemaid/27/Codicote, Herts/Census
1894/Granville Sharpe/../../../Kelly’s Directory **
1895/Granville Sharp/../../../Post Office Directory
1899/Granville Sharpe/../../../Kelly’s Hertfordshire Directory **
1901/George Taylor/Public Manager (of Saracens Head)/29/Birmingham, Staffordshire/Census
1901/Cyril Taylor/Son/1/Brighton, Sussex/Census
1908/Horace Benjamin Peet/../../../Kelly’s Directory of Hertfordshire **
1911/James Smith/Hotel Keeper/56/Banff Grange, Scotland/Census
1911/Ellen Smith/Wife, Assistant/54/Tillingham, Essex/Census
1911/Charles Smith/Son, Assistant/20/Marnock, Banff/Census
1911/Albert Smith/Son/13/Rgynie, Aberdeen/Census
1911/Andrew Wood/Grandson/9/Camberwell, London/Census
1911/Gertrude Chappell/Domestic Servant/19/Ware, Hertfordshire/Census
1912/James Smith/../../../Post Office Directory
1914/James Smith/../../../Kelly’s Directory **
1926/James McPherson/../../../Kelly’s Hertfordshire Directory **
1937/John Girdwood Wright/../../../Post Office Directory
* Provided By Grant Skeggs
** Provided By Stephen Harris