Researching Brewery & Publican Ancestors

Simon Fowler, Family History Partnership, 2nd edition, 2009, A5, 48pp, ISBN 97819066280123

The importance to the community of inns and alehouses in past centuries and, among other things, the Beer Act of 1830, which allowed anyone to purchase a beer licence for two guineas (42s/ £2.10), ensured that most of us will probably encounter a victualler or licensee at some point in our family history researches. This informative publication includes sections on the many records that exist and may provide clues, plus special archives, societies and museums, further reading and websites. It also explains the public house and brewery terminology with a separate glossary of special terms. I am sure this will prove to be a very  useful "how-to-do-it" book that should be on every serious historian's bookshelf.

Jean Debney

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