The Plough Inn

 

 

 

It is not known when The Plough was built or who its first publican was but the inn has been serving pints to villagers for well over 200 years.

The earliest reference we have to The Plough is from an advertisment carried in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury across Oct and Nov in 1805.  Part of the advert copy includes reference to "Mr. John HARWOOD, who keeps the sign of the Plough, at Coddington".

John HARWOOD died on 23rd Mar 1810 leaving his widow, Rosamond, to continue until later, in 1812, there is a marriage report in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of Friday, 19th Jun 1812 saying "On Friday se'nnight, Mr. [John] RENSHAW, farmer, of Bathley, to Mrs. [Rosamond] HARWOOD, of the Plough public-house, Coddington, Notts."

Subsequent to this, a handbill still exists detailing the house of Mrs [Elizabeth] BIRKETT being auctioned "at the house of Mr Leeson SLIGHT, at the sign of The Plough, in Coddington" a 5.00pm on 25th Jan 1820..

Nottinghamshire Archives (ref: C/QD/LV/4/5/6) hold a copy of  "Alehouse keeper's recogizance (bond) for Leeson SLIGHT of The Plough in Coddington" dated 1823.

 

The INGRAMs

The INGRAM family; first Thomas and then his widow, Mary, kept this pub throughout the period between 1869 and 1912.

They had come from Caunton and baptised their sons; Fred in 1868, Roland Scott in 1872 and John Thomas in 1873 in Coddington Church.  Vernon's book about The Victorian School records that both Roland and John gained refunds for passing three subjects at school during the period 1873-1877 whilst Fred gained a good attendance award during the period 1878 to 1882.  In 1900 Fred was described as a cottager and at the time of the 1918 Estate Sale was a tenant of one of the cottages on Main Street (Lot 49 and since demolished).  In 1935 John INGRAM applied to the Duke of Newcastle to convert property (a house orchard and garden) from copyhold status.  Between 1938 and 1950 John was listed as living at "Fairfield".  By 1957 Florence E INGRAM was the only INGRAM listed.  She was living at 68 Main St, where Fred had been living 40 years earlier (see lot 49 on map below).

Road realignment

The Plough building survived major road realignment when the (old) A17 was driven across Newark road and through the centre of the village from Beacon Hill.  The road passed between The Plough (in blue) and 39 Main Street (shown red).  The buildings between were demolished sometime between 1919 and 1946.

 

Enlarged plan from 1918 Estate Sale Catalogue     

 

In the 1930s and 1940s Arthur HENTON and his wife Clara kept The Plough. Arthur died in 1945 aged 54, and his wife Clara in 1962.  In 1957 there were two HENTONs: Charles HENTON on Balderton Lane and Montague HENTON at 22 Main St.

We have records of HENTONs in the village from the 1840s; two HENTON households appear on the small surviving part we have of Rev Frederick TAVERNER's 1863 village sketchmap. In 1883 Emily HENTON was appointed as sewing mistress when Joseph Chauntry HUNT became headmaster - she married Samuel PARKES shortly afterwards and they later kept the Red Lion pub. Two HENTONs; Alfred and John, both living on the Green - were amongst villagers killed in WWI.

List of landlords of The Plough Inn

1805 - 1810 John HARWOOD - a series of advertisments carried in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury across October and November in 1805.  Part of the advert copy includes reference to "Mr. John HARWOOD, who keeps the sign of the Plough, at Coddington".
1810 - 1812 Rosamond HARWOOD (John's widow) before a marriage report in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of Friday, 19th June 1812 saying "On Friday se'nnight, Mr. [John] RENSHAW, farmer, of Bathley, to Mrs. [Rosamond] HARWOOD, of the Plough public-house, Coddington, Notts
1812 - 1815 John RENSHAW - Farmer and Victualler  (and wife, Rosamond RENSHAW).  Rosamond died 3rd Dec 1814, aged 49 and John died 15th Jul 1915, age 44.

1816 - 1830

Leeson SLIGHT keeps The Plough.  At the baptism of his children (from 1816 - 1825) he is described in the parish register as a publican.  Nottinghamshire Archives (ref: C/QD/LV/4/5/6) hold a copy of  "Alehouse keeper's recogizance (bond) for Leeson SLIGHT of The Plough in Coddington" dated 1823.  Pigot and Co.'s national commercial diectory dated 1828-29 confirms him at The Plough [although the entry contains an error, ascribing him and The Plough to "Connington"!].  A similar directory entry for 1830 describes him as a "victualler".

1831 - 1832 A marriage report in the The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury of 28th Jan 1831 quotes: "On Tuesday last [25th], at Fulbeck, Mr. Oliver BARFOOT, the Plough inn, Coddington, to Miss Mary BALL of the former place".

1832

Directory doesn't identify pub names.  Three victuallers are listed for Coddington; Oliver BARFOOT, James MARSHALL [of the Bell Inn, aka Catch'em Inn] and William BLACKBURN [probably the Red Lion].  John HUDSON was also described in the parish records as a publican at the baptism of his child.

1841

John PORTASS and his wife Mary (both 55)

(Only two publicans listed on the 1841 census for Coddington; John PORTASS, probably at the The Plough, and William BLACKBURN, probably the Red Lion)

1844

Peter SMALLEY

1847 - 60

John Cooper BIRKETT (in the 1841 census he is a "publican" with his mother who is keeping The Black Horse Inn in Norwell).  In The Lincolnshire Chronicle of Friday, 1st Oct 1847 John was described as "publican of Coddington" for his marriage to Miss Elizabeth TORRY of Barnby-road.

1860 - 64

Fowler TANSLEY the 1861 cencus includes:

Fowler TANSLEY (60, born Oundle, Northants)

Elizabeth TANSLEY (wife, 49, born Sutton-on-Trent, Lincs)

George KELHAM (lodger 39, sawyer, born Basington, Notts)

John ADCOCK (lodger 28, sawyer, born Old Basford, Notts)

1869

Thomas INGRAM

1871 Census

Thomas INGRAM (30, born Harbury, Warwicks.)

Mary INGRAM (wife, 31, born Caunton Notts.)

George INGRAM (son, 12, born Caunton)

Frederick INGRAM (son, 3, born Coddington)

1881 Census

Mary INGRAM (widow, 44, born Eddingley Notts.)

Frederick INGRAM (son, 12, born Coddington)

Rowland INGRAM (son, 9, scholar, born Coddington)

John T INGRAM (son, 8, scholar, born Coddington)

1879 / 81 / 85 / 92 / 94 / 97-8 /

1900 / 12

Mrs Mary INGRAM at The Plough

1913 Edward YOUNG

1916 / 23

Benjamin GREEN at The Plough

1928

Charles Frederick SELLERS at The Plough

1932 / 36 / 38 / 39 / 41 / 42

Arthur HENTON at The Plough

1950

William PETHIG at The Plough

1957 / 61

Directory just states: "Plough Inn"

 

Can you help us to list the names of more recent tenants or bar staff?