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Wincanton pub history index
Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Somerset. The Somerset listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
Bear Inn, 12 Market Place, Wincanton - in 2013
Kindly provided by Roy Barrett
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1720 is the date on the sundial on the front, bearing the initials P.R.D.
(Roger and Diana Perrior.) - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George
1745 — John Webb's name for Poor rate stands for the Bear. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
1767 — His name is still found against it. A Feoffee meeting held here in that year. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
1770 — Mr. and Mrs. Leach were here, and in that year both appear to have died. Then Mr. James Bacon, late butler to the Rev. Mr. Sandford, near Taunton, entered, and was here in 1774. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
In 1784, Mr. Oliver, who succeeded Mr. Bacon, was then quitting. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
In 1791, Mr. James Lintern, afterwards landlord of the Greyhound Hotel, was in possession. He held it till 1811, when John Perrior entered. His name again appears as landlord in 1811. In 1820, Diana Perrior, widow, entered on a new lease of 7 years. In 1824, Daniel English married the widow. Three years later the name of Mrs. English occurs. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
In 1830, the name of Daniel English again appears. It is said that he came from the Ship of East Stower to the Bear and when he left went to the Half Moon at Horsington. The same is said of Thomas Grist, who followed him here. During Mr. Grist's occupation the house was flourishing; the coaches stopped here, a dozen or so every day, but the Railways made great havoc with the trade. In 1861, Mr. William Newman was here. During his time, an old quaint part of the house was taken down and modernised. After Mr. Newman's death and that of Mrs. Newman, there were several changes; first Mr. Miller, then Mr. Yells in May, 1879; Mr. Ford, now of Sturminster, came in 1884 and left in 1886. Mr. Henry William Andrews came on 19th April, 1886, and died on April 5th, 1887. Mrs Andrews, his widow, carried on the business till her death on June 1st, 1902. The license is now held by the husband of one of her sisters, namely, Mr. W. J. Dyke.
The name Perrior was a well known one in the parish, and Roger was a frequent christian name in the family. The last of the name lived in Church Street. Until the last few years a headstone marked his grave. It bore the following inscription :
" To the memory of Roger Perrior, who died June 10th, 1825 aged 73 years. - Inns of the Parish to 1903 - George Sweetman.
1842-44/Thomas Grist/Bear, Market place/../../Pigots Directory ****
1851/Thomas Grist/Inn Keeper/53/Stockbridge, Hampshire/Census ****
1851/Elizabeth Grist/Wife/50/Cucklington, Somerset/Census
1851/Thomas Grist/Son/18/West Stour, Dorset/Census
1851/Francis Hawkins/Traveller in Iron Trade/48/Bitterley, Shropshire/Census
1851/John Evans Glasson/Manufacturer of earthenware at Swansea/45/Truro, Cornwall/Census
1851/Edward Hogg/Tailor & Draper/57/St James Street, Middlesex/Census
1851/Mary Edwards/Servant, Laundress/30/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1851/Charlotte Winter/Waitress/33/Bruton, Somerset/Census
1851/William Stacey/Groom/26/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1851/Charles Read/Ostler/16/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1851/Richard Denning/Sergeant Marines/43/Plymouth, Devon/Census
1861/William Newman/Inn Keeper/41/Wincanton, Somerset/Census ***
1861/Hannah Newman/Wife/40/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1861/William Newman/Son/15/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1861/Mary Newman/Daughter/12/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1861/Emma Newman/Daughter/8/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1861/Betsey Newman/Daughter/3/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1871/William Newman/Hotel Keeper/51/Wincanton, Somerset/Census ****
1871/Ann Newman/Wife/50/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1871/Robert Newman/Son/9/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1871/Fredric Newman/Son/7/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1871/George Clewett/Ostler/31/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1871/George Edwards/Boots/23/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1881/Arthur Yells/Hotel Keeper/25/Highworth, Gloucester/Census ****
1881/Frances Yells/Wife/26/Hindon, Wiltshire/Census
1881/Mary Gertrude Yells/Daughter/8 months/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1881/Rose Heliey/General Servant/18/Cucklington, Somerset/Census
1881/Elizabeth Ann Heliey/General Servant/16/Cucklington, Somerset/Census
1881/Jessie Coles/General Servant/22/Hellow, Wiltshire/Census
1889/Mrs Annie Andrews/../../../Kellys Directory ****
1891/Annie Andrews/Hotel Keeper, Widow/31/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census ****
1891/Mary C Ball/Sister, Visitor/25/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census
1891/Helen Ball/Sister, Barmaid/22/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census
1891/Robert Ball/Brother, Goldsmith/22/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census
1891/Morgan S Usher/Cousin, Professor of Music/32/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census
1891/Alfred Tuffin/Visitor, Schoolmaster, Widow/39/Manston, Dorset/Census
1891/Reginald Tuffin/Visitor/10/Westbury, Wiltshire/Census
1891/Annie Ackand/Barmaid/23/Winsham, Somerset/Census
1891/Susan Attwood/Domestic Servant/17/Bruton, Somerset/Census
1895/Mrs Annie Andrews/Bear family & commercial hotel, Market place/../../Kellys Directory ****
1897/Mrs Annie Andrews/../../../Kellys Directory ****
1901/Annie Andrews/Hotel Proprietoress, Widow/41/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census ****
1901/Annie Coombs/Barmaid/24/Bagber, Dorset/Census
1901/Mabel Spearing/Barmaid/22/Chard, Somerset/Census
1901/Caroline Hollick/Help/26/Leicester, Leicestershire/Census
1902/Mrs Annie Andrews/Bear first class family & commercial hotel, 12 Market Place/../../Kellys Directory ****
1911/Mary C Dyke/Hotel Proprietoress, Widow/39/Shaftesbury, Dorset/Census ****
1911/Walter Ball/Son/14/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1911/Lorna Annie/Daughter/12/Wincanton, Somerset/Census
1911/Annie Coombes/Barmaid/30/Bagber, Dorset/Census
1911/Minnie Trim/Cook/25/Buckham Weston, Dorset/Census
1911/Evelun Day/Waitress/17/Cucklington, Somerset/Census
1914/Mrs M C Dyke/../../../Kellys Directory ****
1919/Miss Elizabeth Agnes Howes/Bear family & commercial Hotel, 12 Market Place/../../Kellys Directory ****
1923/Miss Elizabeth Agnes Howes/Bear family & commercial Hotel, 12 Market Place/../../Kellys Directory ****
1935/Wm Chas Thomas/Bear Hotel, 12 Market Place/../../Kellys Directory ****
1939/Mrs Gladys M Thomas/Bear Hotel, 12 Market Place/../../Kellys Directory ****
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