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,
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
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.
1901, there were three innkeepers/publicans
living in the village, but only the Crown Inn is
in the census. The Royal George and The Spread Eagle
were also around at that time.
used to be three pubs in Middleton - the Red Lion, the Woolpack