Blyndwynder wrote:Understand about Newtown being a Quaker area...but this confuses me because I always thought of Orts Road, Leopold Road, Rupert Street etc as Newtown, and no shortage of pubs around there.
Also take point about the Granby etc not being "Pure" Newtown.
So who can tell me if Back lane was officially in Newtown?
We had a Newtown thread recently (viewtopic.php?f=34&t=6458
) explaining how it developed over the years but basically in 2 parts – it could be that part was Quaker and the rest not – there again…….
Where I live was all developed by H&P for their workers so would have also been Quaker land etc
There is only one pub (the Roebuck) and one of the previous landlords did some checking and found it was built at the same time as the housing but not as a ‘true pub’
It was developed as an ale house for the workers who lived in the area –
The story went that H&P realising that the workers, not being quite so ‘religious’ would go to the pub anyway, and rather than have the drunk / hung-over they would control it
They supposedly gave out rationed tokens as part of the salary that could be exchanged for a limited amount of drink
Enough to wet the whistle but not get drunk!
An early form of ‘Big Brother’
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