A History of Hostelries in Northamptonshire
- Peter Hill
15th October 2010
This fascinating survey of the public houses of Northamptonshire from the earliest times to the present is culled from a variety of sources and records. The book looks at hostelries past and present, (inns, alehouses, beershops) and the rich variety of their names and their meanings - some unique to the county - including those that have undergone changes over time for a number of reasons. Some of these achieved national fame, historically or in literature; others have witnessed amazing incidents, some tragic, others amusing. There is also a look at licensing, drinking and related crimes and various Acts passed over the centuries and their effect on local people. The colourful language of the past is brought to life once again as it was used on the premises, and there is a look at the many alternative purposes for which a hostelry was used.