c1642 – 1907
26 Church Street.
Occupying an ancient timber-framed building, The Harp Inn was given its first licence in 1642 and had its own malt house. In 1786 it was sold as part of the extensive land and property holdings of the late Sir Francis Charlton, Baronet.
During the 1800’s, it was sold and let many times, being described as an ” old established extensive business… over more than a century, Dwelling house & Malthouse”. One sub-tenant of Howard Greenhous in 1882 was Mr Alfred Jenner, late footman to the Earl of Powis.
It is thought that ale was brewed in the malthouse from 1822 to c1960, but the pub itself only continued to trade up to c1907 when it was described as “having very poor trade and was frequented by boys and youths and no respectable person went there“. An application to renew the license was refused. It became a cookery school, run by the local authority and then a private house.
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