The New Club
8 Salop Street
Several documents in Shropshire Archives, record the New Club.
One in 1717 cites the New Club as a landmark; another in 1718 talks of Charles Watters Innkeeper and ‘A messuage in Bishop’s Castle called the New Club’; another in 1740, ‘Sarah Watters, late of Bishop’s Castle, widow and administratrix of goods of Charles Watters, late of Bishop’s Castle innkeeper deceased … Surrender of a messuage in Bishop’s Castle called the New Club, with a malthouse, backside, garden…’. Others in 1758 & 1766 also use The New Club as a landmark.
Rent books show the New Club up to 1778, but the 1788 Rent book records ‘Three Tuns, late the New Club, with Samuel Griffiths as land owner and Matthew Reynolds occupier, later replaced in 1794 by John Griffiths in both roles.
It is possible that the Three Tuns was an earlier name of the pub which was revived in the late 18th Century when the name ‘New Club’ was dropped. The nature of the ‘club’ referred to is uncertain, but the political ferment of the period may have led certain factions to patronise particular pubs. That this property formed part of the Clive estate, amassed for political purposes some time before this pub changed name, perhaps adds weight to this theory.
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