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Re: Green Tree Inn mystery
Ken, how fortunate your friend Brendan is having that lovely photograph of the Green Tree Inn. My 3 x great grandfather George NOBLE (c.1764 – 1845) owned the Beehive (shown on the maps here) from at least 1824 until his death. In his Will made 12th February 1831 when he was aged 66/67 (and described as yeoman), he left “ the public house called The Beehive, the brewhouse garden, the ground adjoining and the appurtenances to his dear wife Elizabeth for and during her natural life and then to his youngest son Joseph and his heirs. Elizabeth was also left the household furniture, brewing utensils and stock in trade. The sloop or vessel called the Good Intent, of which his son George was then the master was also left to Elizabeth.”
Joseph died 11th November 1842 aged 34 no heirs. Elizabeth died 1852.
In 1894 the Beehive was still in the hands of a NOBLE descendant, although there are names in between which I don’t recognise.
I began researching my NOBLE line 40 years ago but have never been able to track down a photograph of the Beehive.
Just for information and maybe a smile ...
1830 was " the year of the introduction of the Beer Act, which abolished all duty on beer and established the right of any householder to sell beer with a two-guinea licence. The Act was prompted by a genuine concern for the wellbeing of the working classes and was designed to stimulate agricultural revival. Every illicit alehouse (and there were many) came out of the woodwork and began to trade legally. And every blacksmith bought the right to sell ale as a refreshment for waiting customers. The price of beer halved almost overnight and the production of Bass rose six-fold within 10 years."
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