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 Dodington, Mary 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.
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.