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I was interested to read Simon Fowler’s ‘Record Masterclass’ on Victuallers’ Licences in the January issue. I am pleased to say that back in 1994 the

Nottinghamshire Family History

Society published a list of nearly 2,000 such licences that were issued in the Borough of Nottingham between 1756 and 1769. Each entry lists the landlord and the name of the public house in question, along with the names of two sureties and their occupations. Then there are added insights such as one landlady who was “ill” on 24 May 1757, “very ill” on 22 May 1760, “lame” on 26 May 1761, and then “ill” for each licensing session for each of the following four years! Her son eventually took over.

An average of 135 public houses are listed each

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