History Of The Pub

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1840 - 1857 William Taylor
1857 - 1887 George Griffin
1887 - 1891 Hannah Griffin (Widow of George)
1891 - 1921 William Hand
1921 - 1927 John Charles Cox
1927 - 1973 Ralph Adolphus Barker
28/06/1973 Jeanette Marie Green

Census snippets

Originally known as Corn-sale, Caunsaull, like Cookley and Kinver owes its existence to the river Stour; and prosperity to the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, which opened in 1771.

Trade quickly followed the opening of the canal that brought business to Caunsall, and as there was no public house in the hamlet, encouraged William Taylor to turn one of his small cottage rooms into a beershop.

The Duke of Wellington's Beer House Act 1830 permitted a householder or ratepayer on payment of two guineas to the Excise to turn his private house into a public house.

Farm worker William Taylor was the first landlord of the Anchor Inn that opened in 1840. In the 1841 census, he was recorded aged 30, living with his widowed mother Mary Taylor, 60, and brother Benjamin, 25, a carpenter.

Victorian licensing hours were long; 18 hours a day, 4am to 10 pm, seven days a week, closed only during Divine Service, Christmas Day, and Good Friday.

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