Nantwich currently has around 20 pubs, which is quite a few considering it’s a relatively small market town. You may be surprised to know that over the years we’ve found 118 different pub names in Nantwich, – and some pub names like the Red Lion have been used on more than one occasion at different premises.
According to James Hall there were 8 Innholders at the time of the Great Fire (1583). By 1792 there were 36 pubs in Nantwich as this map, prepared by local historian Andrew Lamberton, shows:
The number of pubs in Nantwich reached a peak in Victorian times. Dr A J Macgregor wrote a book called “Inns and Innkeepers of Nantwich” in 1992, but this is sadly out of print. The book contains some inaccuracies (and no pictures), so I’m writing a book on Nantwich pubs with local historian Andrew Lamberton (who’s already written some superb books on the history of Nantwich).
The purpose of this page is to whet your appetite (sorry about the pun) for the book, which is for sale in Nantwich museum and a few other outlets in the town.
Here are some of the the things that you’ll find in the book:
Arsenic in Beer – an Nantwich publican gets fined for selling beer containing arsenic!
Brown’s Vaults – there used to be spirits in this bank’s vaults
Cock Fighting – an activity popular in Nantwich pubs
Disorderly conduct at Nantwich – an amusing court case from 1944
Elizabethan pubs in Nantwich – and the Great Fire
Ghosts in Nantwich pubs – some say some are haunted
How many pubs has Nantwich had? – probably more than you think!
Nantwich Brewers – Nantwich had its own breweries!
Nantwich Pubs Book – Click here for details of our book
The Globe – I’ve been all around the globe researching pubs!
The Griffin – the home of bear baiting, which later became a toy shop
The Leopard – where there once was a pop factory and also a famous boxer as the landlord
The Market Tavern – where there’s a bit of an atmosphere!
The Nantwich Tavern Survey – fascinating descriptions of pubs in Nantwich in 1959/60
The Millfields – a popular community pub on Blagg Avenue
The New Bell – most people don’t know this building could have been an inn
The Ring O’Bells – and the devil and the thieving landlady
The Temperance Movement – not everyone was a drinker!
The Vine – one of Nantwich’s oldest pubs
Salt City Inns – by Joan Crawford
Inns and hostelries abound
in every part of Nantwich town
The Potting Shed, The Boot and Shoe,
The Railway, Crown and Wickstead too.
The Swan with Two Necks down Welsh Row,
The Wilbraham Arms is there also.
Down by the stocks in Pillory Street
The White Swan and The White Horse meet.
Beam Street boasts the old Shakespeare,
The Red Cow and The Malbank’s near.
For those who visit old Oat Market,
The Talbot Inn could be their target.
Three Pigeons and, The Bowling Green.
Is The Lamb still on the scene?
The Leopard is and so`s The Vine,
their beer is much preferred to wine?
The Vaults, Red Lion, Rifleman
exist for dry Salt City men.
Their `happy hour` lasts night and day,
a `tight` and cheery band are they!
Thanks to Joan Crawford for allowing me to reprint the above poem from Odd Odes, Weird Words & Loopy Letters: