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The Owners




In 1853 Thomas Bartlett was a carpenter. In order to purchase the Anchor he took a mortgage from the Reading and County Permanent Benefit Building Society, one of whose trustees was Charles Simonds the Reading banker. Like William Cave's Plough the Anchor was then only a 1830 Act beerhouse, as explained earlier and Thomas Bartlett was supplied by Simonds Brewery, mentioned earlier. In the short space of six years he owed the brewery company £309. 9s 2d, a sum much the same as the £300 mortgage he owed to the building society. The brewery, then a partnership trading under the name of Henry and George Simonds, accepted the debt as their purchase price for the pub, and Thomas Bartlett lost £40 on his business venture. Simonds Brewery, now a powerful regional force in brewing, consequently owned their first public house in Yateley.


Thomas's grandfather William had married Mary Bunch on 8 Jun 1771. At some time William had built himself a cottage on the Lord's waste (ie Yateley Common) without permission. In 1820, a few months after our Thomas had been born his father, another Thomas, legitimised the cottage and paid the Lord of the Manor a 5s fine and yearly rent of 1s. -- a transparent case of retrospective planning permission. Under the usual customs of the manor Thomas, as the third son, was not likely to inherit any property. So he became a carpenter, not a bad move up the economic ladder when most of his contemporaries were described as "Ag. Labs".


The Simonds obviously thought well of Thomas, for they kept Thomas on at the Anchor. They converted it from a beerhouse to a fully licensed alehouse able to sell wines and spirits. Thomas is shown as the publican in the licensing records until 1864, when that series of records stops.


The Anchor, with Thomas in charge, was therefore lifted into the company of the Dog and Partridge, the White Lion (licensed by James Rogers in 1856) and the Greyhound (licensed in 1860) and is therefore shown on the Ordnance Survey maps as PH -- unlike the Plough which still remained a beerhouse.


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Original page written by P J Tipton for the Yateley Society's 1997 Exhibition: Inns, Alehouses & Maltsters

Additional research by Richard Johnston & Elizabeth Tipton

Original page may now have been revised to include the Society's latest Research

(c) The Yateley Society, 1997 & 2008


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