The Funeral of Henry HEMSLEY: “from his friends in the trade”

30 Apr

One of the floral tributes at the funeral of Henry HEMSLEY was described in the newspaper report as “A token of respect to the oldest license holder, from his friends in the Trade at Uckfield, George Bean, J. H. Elliott, A. E. Hill, M. Tourle, J. Webber, A. Waight, and F. White.”

Having an interest in pub history I thought it might be fun to find out who these people were. Using Kelly’s Directory of Sussex for 1915 on the Historical Directories website I was able to identify all seven of the gentlemen (yes, they were all men) mentioned, all of whom had businesses in the town of Uckfield, Sussex.

George BEAN King’s Head Hotel 186 High Street
Joseph Henry ELLIOTT Bridge Hotel New Town
Arthur Ernest HILL beer retailer 70 High Street
Mark TOURLE Ringles Cross Hotel Ringles Cross
John WEBBER Maiden’s Head Hotel 91 High Street
Albert WAIGHT Bell Hotel 96 High Street
Frank WHITE Alma Arms Public House Framfield Road

Uckfield High Street was obviously the place to go for a drink. As well as the four businesses listed above there was also a wine and spirit merchant at No. 122 High Street.

The Maiden’s Head Hotel is where Henry’s property, the Gun Inn, was sold at auction six months after his death.

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