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Earliest 1871-

Drover's Rest

Latest 1901

(Name to)

Lower Street

Sutton Valence


Young Goodwin was described as a Brewer's Labourer in the 1851 census and a Beer Seller in the 1861 directory, address of Harbour, which is about 1.6 miles from Lower Street.

I am led to believe that Charles Clout, whose daughter states was working there between 1899 and 1901, although may not have been the licensee at the time, although very much an interested party, would have probably bought the pub or had it passed to him from Young Goodwin, and changed the name in 1901 to the "Clothworker's Arms."

Not sure what is going on with the name given in the following passage taken from the Courier of 19 March 1905, but the name used is the "Drover's Arms." Perhaps this is a misprint from someone amalgamating the "Drover's Rest" and "Clothworker's Arms," but Charles Clout is the same licensee.


The Courier, 10 March, 1905.

The Drovers Arms, Sutton Valence.

Mr. H. J. Bracher, solicitor, supported the renewal of the licence of the "Drovers Arms," Sutton Valence.

Sergent Picknall said the house in question was an "on" beer house, situated in the centre of the village. The population was 1,008, and the acreage of the district was 2,172. There were 5 licensed houses in the neighbourhood - viz. 4 ale and 1 "on" beer house. The population per house was 201.

Cross-examined by Mr. Bracher:- Witness admitted that the house was well constructed for the purpose of police supervision. Witnesses heard that there was a scheme on foot to run a railway line to Sutton Valence, and also that Sir Robert Filmer, an extensive land owner, contemplated building developments in the parish.

Mr. Charles Clout, the tenant of the house for the last 10 years, said he did a trade amounting to over 3 barrels and a half per week. The house was largely used by hop-pickers in the season. In 1807 the house was practically rebuilt. He did a very good jug and bottle trade.

The decisions.

After a retirement of nearly three quarters of an hour, the Chairman announced the Magistrates decisions as follows:- The "Drovers Rest," Sutton Valence, renewed.



GOODWIN Young 1871-91+ (age 77 in 1891Census)

CLOUT Charles 1895-01 Next pub licensee had




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