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I am currently researching the history of Newbury's pubs and inns, which, naturally, includes a fair amount about the people who owned or ran them.

I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has ancestors who were involved.

For instance is anyone descended from the people below - all of whom were fined in 1641 for breaking the 'assize of ale'.

Item. We present Shuff Pinfall, John Howe, Susan Linch widow, Allice Linch widow, Edward Weekes, Richard Edmands, John Read, Ann Nightingall widow, Richard Cooke, Francis Bushnell, Edmund Knowles, John Greenaway, George Cawcott, Richard Derow, William Merriman, Widdow Atfield, Edward Weston, John Lover, Tho Field, John Camber, Tho Milton, Alexander Gearing, Joseph Gee, Richard Bushnell, John Warrin, Widdow Hawkins, Christopher Barnes, Edward Thomson, Tho Yeoman, John Greene, Valerious Wimbolt, John Nightingale, Tho Carden, Richard Winsor, John Seely and Daniel Wheeler being innholders & victuallers within the Borough of Newbury aforesaid & have since the last Leete broken the Assize of Ale and Beere and therefore each of them amerced 4d.

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Hello Ann - and welcome,

Wimbolt is perhaps the most noticeable name in the list - mainly because of the odd forename. Assuming there was only one Valerius I can trace his inn/alehouse to the Bartholomew Street area of Newbury. Still a fairly large area but closer than I can locate most of the others. While there are a fair number of records of licensees from this period none (or virtually none) have any mention of the names of the pubs they ran, let alone a street address.

There are even fewer mentions of malthouses from the period. In later years there were malthouses scattered all over Newbury - probably far more than in the 1640s because the opening of the Kennet Navigation in the 1720s gave ready access to the London markets. Malt and beer would have been shipped to the capital in ever increasing amounts, these products became big business the area.

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