business and industry










clothing/shoe factory






steam house


village pubs

Local historian Peter Hill's book 'Rockingham Forest Revisited' lists five Cottingham pubs that are no longer in existence, namely the King's Head, Crown, Three Horseshoes, White Hart, Racehorse.


I have found reference to the first three, but not to the White Hart or Racehorse.


It's worth noting that these hostelries may not have been like the pubs we know today. The Beer Act of 1830 allowed any householder to sell beer without a license, so it may have been that villagers were literally selling beer from their front rooms! Many early alehouses were run by people pursuing other occupations - in the Rockingham Forest area, this included farmers, butchers, bakers, shoe and boot makers, masons and blacksmiths.


In 1841, there were five publicans living in the village on King Street, High Street (2), Hill Street and at the Royal George.


The 1854 Post Office Directory (extract below) and 1881 Census lists four pubs - the Spread Eagle, Royal George, Kings Head and Three Horseshoes.


In 1901, there were three innkeepers/publicans living in the village, but only the Crown Inn is specifically listed in the census. The Royal George and The Spread Eagle were also around at that time.


There used to be three pubs in Middleton - the Red Lion, the Woolpack and the Exeter Arms.

The Royal George

The Spread Eagle

The King's Head

The Three Horseshoes

The Crown


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