Old inns and ale-houses of Hatfield 1490 to 1956
The Woodman Wildhill is mentioned in the list of old inns and ale-houses in Hatfield
Beer drinkers - do you remember raising a glass in the Arm And Sword? Have you had to fight your way to the bar in the Two Wrestlers? Did your grandparents ever talk of having a pint in the Platelayers Arms?
These are just three of the 74 pubs listed in four faded pages from a history book that mapped the inns and ale-houses of Hatfield, including some in this area. And it makes an interesting read.
Some of the pubs changed their names five times. One pub started off as The Roebuck, then became The Nags Head, then The Marquis of Granby, was renamed Full Measure before ending up as The East Indian Chief.
Breweries mentioned include: Arthur Guinness Sons & Co Ltd, Benskin's Brewery, Cannon Brewery, Charrington & Co, Christie's Brewery, Complin's Brewery, Flowers Breweries Ltd, Hatfield Brewery, McMullens Brewery, Taylor, Walker & Co, and Whitbread.
Unfortunately, there isn't a front cover for the book, the map has been lost, and there is no date on it, so I've no idea when it was written although the latest date mentioned in the text is 1956. All that's left is a list of establishments. The earliest mentioned, an inn called Chequers, dates back to 1490.
Does anyone remember drinking in any of the pubs mentioned (other than those that still exist)? There is a discussion thread running in our community forum. Click on the images below to reveal larger versions, which you can then enlarge again by clicking a second time.
You can discuss the history of the inns and ale-houses of Hatfield 1490-1956 in a discussion thread running in this site's community forum.August 2016