Alehouse Recognizances

Alehouse Recognizances were early public house licences. The licensee and those who stood surety for them had to appear before the licensing justices every year. A specified sum of money would be paid over to the court as a guarantee for their future good behaviour. Any breach of the conditions would mean the forfeiture of the money and their licence. 

The Quarter Session Records at Shropshire Archives contain the identities of Alehouse keepers for the Whitchurch area and those that stood surety for them. The name of the Inn is given plus the parish or township it is situated in. 

One of our volunteers has been transcribing this information

In 1822 there were a number of women licensees in the Whitchurch area. Ursula Wright was running the Royal Oak in DodingtonMary Sandland was running the Plumes of Feathers in Dodington, Elizabeth Morgan was running the Bakers Arms in Dodington and Elizabeth Carterson was running the Horse & Jockey in Whitchurch.

Horse & Jockey

 The Horse & Jockey will be on our Whitchurch Inns & Pubs walking trail.

Sadly the property has been left empty for a number of years and is deteriorating rapidly.




Permanent link to this article:


Skip to comment form

    • Sarah Rudkin on 01/03/2015 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply

    I am researching my family history, and have discovered that my great great grandmother Mary Rudkin was living in Whitchurch in 1881. I know that she later ran a hotel in Wales and that, prior to the death of her husband, Henry, in 1876, she was a publican’s wife in Eaton Socon. I am wondering if she ever had a license in Whitchurch?

    Thank you

      • Graham Williams on 06/11/2017 at 4:58 pm
      • Reply

      Hello Sarah – Mary’s daughter Jane was my grandmother. I have quite a bit of information about the immediate family which I am happy to share – though I expect most of it will be old hat to you by now.

      Please do contact me directly if you would like to know what I have discovered:

      Best wishes –

      Graham Williams

    • Peter Rudkin on 13/12/2015 at 4:34 am
    • Reply

    I am also working on the family history of your branch of the Rudkins. I am also a descendant of Mary Rudkin, she was also my great great grandmother and her eldest daughter Anne Elizabeth Rudkin was my grandfathers mother. He was an illegtimate birth in 1880 and named John Henry Rudkin,
    I have never been able to find out much about their time in Whitchurch other than their residence was ‘Oxford Carriers’ and then Claypit St. Her younger daughters eventually married and one of them had a pub of some sort in Chester at the time of the 1891 Census.
    I have spent quite a bit of time trying to find the name of John Henry’s father but to no avail. I am curious about which of Mary’s children you are descended from.
    I also was never able to find a marriage record for John and Henry.
    Let me know if I can help you with any further details

    Regards Peter Rudkin

    • Graham Williams on 06/11/2017 at 4:55 pm
    • Reply

    Hello – I wonder if you will see this after almost two years?

    Anyway – Mary Rudkin’s daughter Jane was my grandmother. I can tell you quite a bit about the immediate family, though I expect by now you will have found out most of it anyway.

    Please do contact me directly by email if you would like to know what I have discovered:

    Best wishes –

    Graham Williams

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.