History of the Red Lion Hotel at Wirksworth in the county of Derbyshire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.



 

Red Lion Hotel
Red Lion Hotel

Some History of this Pub
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The Red Lion Hotel at Wirksworth [c.1920]

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The Red Lion Hotel at Wirksworth [2003]

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Rear of the Red Lion Hotel at Wirksworth [2003]

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Related Newspaper Articles
"John Thomas Boam, the landlord of the Red Lion Hotel, Wirksworth. was at the local police court on Tuesday, summoned for permitting drunkenness, and William Talbot, cab proprietor, for being drunk on the premises. The case had been adjourned to see what the county analyst declared to the contents of a glass, which Boam had handed the police with sediment in the bottom of it. The defence was that perhaps Talbot had been drugged. Mr. B. Moore, of Derby [for the prosecution], said the evidence was that Talbot was so drunk that he fell in the street. The next day the landlord took to the police station a glass, and it was claimed snuff had been placed in the beer. The county analyst had analysed the sediment, but could not diagnose it was snuff. It might have been snuff but the quantity was too small for analysis. Mr. John White, the county analyst, gave evidence that the analysis did not show the presence of either nicotine or morphine, but that did not prove it might not be so. Talbot said he felt a burning sensation in the throat after the beer. He felt too bad to sing [Laughter.] The Bench dismissed the summons against the landlord, and fined Talbot 5s. and costs."
"Licensing Prosecution at Wirksworth"
Derby Daily Telegraph : January 1st 1913.
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Licensees of this Pub
1941 - Thomas William Baugh

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Genealogy Connections
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Inn Sign
Inn Sign of the Red Lion Inn at Wirksworth [2003]

The sign of the Red Lion was once easily the most common sign in the country. Indeed, in 1986 there were over 600 Red Lions in Great Britain. However, the number is slowly decreasing as pubs close and others are renamed with more contemporary titles. The Red Lion inn sign evolved because of John of Gaunt who, during the fourteenth century, was the most powerful man in the England. Born in Ghent in 1340, he was Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of Edward III. Gaunt is a corruption of his birthplace. John of Gaunt is mainly referred to in pub names by a reference to his badge. In Scotland, the Red Lion is a heraldic reference because when James I [also James VI of Scotland] came to the throne he ordered that a heraldic red lion should be displayed in public places.

Drink Marston's Pedigree

Quotation
Nikita Khrushchev

"I once said, 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.
Nikita Khrushchev

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Newspaper Articles
"Robert Benjamin McKay [41], electrician, whose address was given as c/o 27, Byron Street, Derby, and Donald Symons [36], charge-hand die-setter, of 50, Epsom Crescent, Allenton, were remanded for a fortnight at Wirksworth yesterday, accused of stealing a brass hand-bell, 58 table knives, 47 soup spoons and 32 dessert spoons, together worth 11, the property of John Allen Oates, of the Red Lion Hotel, Wirksworth, on or about July 22nd. Superintendent T. S. Wright said he required the adjournment because there were further police inquiries to be made. Symons was allowed bail in 20 and McKay In 50, and the latter applied for and was granted legal aid."
"Hotel Cutlery Theft Alleged"
Derby Daily Telegraph : August 16th 1950.

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Beer and Pipe Smoker

Bar Parlour Stained Glass

Tap Room Etched Glass

Cheers!

Pub Drinkers between the Wars

Rural Drinkers outside the Pub

The Young Barmaid by Charles Sillem Lidderdale

Drinking Celebrations

Le Bock by Picasso [1901]

Beer is Best

Best Room and Snug

Edwardian Barman

Bar Etched Glass

Drinking in the Snug

Barman

Wartime Drinkers

Victorian Barmaid

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Publican

Public Bar Stained Glass
 

Woman Serving Beer

Brewery Buildings