History of the Queen Adelaide at Woodville 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.


Queen Adelaide
Queen Adelaide

Some History of this Pub
The Queen Adelaide at Woodville can be seen to the right of the Edwardian photograph below. The pub has gone now, only to be replaced by a grass bank and car park. The pub was almost opposite Belvedere Street and not too far from the Nelson Inn located on the other side of the High Street.

Woodville High Street with the Queen Adelaide [c.1908]

Not many of the buildings seen in this Edwardian image have survived. Indeed, the former brewery building just a few yards along the road was also at risk in 2014 [see newspaper article to the right]. Latterly known as Victoria House, this was used as a bottling store by Brunt, Bucknall and Company, a large brewery that occupied a significant plot of land behind the bottling stores. The brewery operated until 1927 but was closed when acquired by Bass, Radcliff and Gretton Ltd. of Burton-on-Trent.

Former Bottling Store of Brunt, Bucknall and Company [2012]

It would be reasonable to assume that the pub was named after the queen consort and benefactor of the Church at Saint Stephen, a building erected in the mid-1840's. However, the Queen Adelaide name appears in a trade directory published in the previous decade. Therefore, the name seemingly honoured a popular queen who visited Leicestershire on many occasions. Another public house at Appleby Magna was also named after the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and wife of King William IV. There was also a local lodge of Oddfellows called the Royal Adelaide and this may be a connection with the pub.

Queen Adelaide by Sir William Beechey

Nathan Bailey was the publican of the Queen Adelaide in the 1830's. Born in Melbourne in 1796, he kept the pub with his wife Susannah who hailed from Ticknall. The couple would later move to neighbouring Blackfordby where Nathan Bailey would work as a gardener.

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The licence of the Queen Adelaide Inn was transferred to William Brabbins in December 1883. The publican was a member of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows and the council of the local lodge conducted their business at the Queen Adelaide.

In December 1901 Benjamin Perks was convicted for permitting drunkenness at the Queen Adelaide Inn.

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Related Newspaper Articles
"On Wednesday last the Derbyshire coroner held an inquest at the Queen Adelaide Inn, Woodville, touching the death of John Brewin, who died on the previous day, aged 84. Since the death of his wife, about two years since, the deceased had resided with his daughter and son-in-law, from whom he had received every attention. It appeared that on his daughter's absence from his room for a few minutes on the evening of the 7th inst., his clothes accidentally caught fire. He was able to extinguish the fire without assistance, but his legs were badly burnt. A doctor was at once called in, and for some time deceased appeared to be getting better. The jury, on hearing the evidence, returned a verdict to the effect that "Death resulted through injuries received, but that no one was to blame." The deceased entered the service of the late Mr. Charles Brunt, as a labourer, in 1830; and on the establishment in 1832 of the Hartshorne Brewery [better known locally as the "Wooden Box Brewery"] he commenced to work there. Ever since that time his name has appeared week by week on Messrs. Brunt and Co's wages sheet. Although he has been unable to work for the past six or seven years, his wage [or pension] has been regularly paid. The founders of the Brewery have been dead several years, and the original buildings have gradually made way for new and enlarged ones, so that John Brewin seemed the only link connecting the present with the past. Of his value as a servant nothing need be said here. The above facts speak for themselves."
"Sad Death of an Old Man"
Derby Mercury : February 1st 18888
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Licensees of this Pub
1835 - Nathan Bailey
1846 - John Hall
1850 - John Newbold
1863 - Thomas Villiers
1874 - Levi Davenport
1890 - William Brabbins
1901 - Benjamin Perks

Queen Adelaide Coat-of-Arms

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Map showing the Queen Adelaide [1902]
This extract from a map drawn up in 1902 shows the Queen Adelaide at a slight angle to the High Street and at the top of a small lane leading down to the side of the brewery operated by Brunt, Bucknall and Company.

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Newspaper Articles
"The future of an historic brewery building in Woodville is one step closer to being safeguarded, as South Derbyshire District Council considers putting a new measure in place. Victoria House, in High Street, was at risk of demolition last year, after the owners were unable to attract business tenants, but following an impassioned plea by councillors to stop bulldozers moving in, it was saved. Six months on, the council is hoping to use its powers to make sure it cannot be knocked down without the authority having a say. At a planning meeting due to take place on Tuesday, councillors are expected to confirm an article four direction, which removes the right for the owners to demolish the building without applying for planning permission. The report says: "The loss of the building would represent a significant step in the evolution of Woodville, removing one of the few surviving heritage assets. "Woodville carries a strong industrial past, not only in terms of the significance of the Brunt and Bucknall Brewery, but also the former pottery kilns and works. "Making a direction in respect of Victoria House is considered appropriate in regard to the protection of the amenities of the area in terms of its local historic significance." Victoria House is the only remaining part of the brewery, and Councillor Steve Taylor, who represents the area for the council, said it was important to people in the area. He added: "It's the last remaining part of the brewery, and people care about what it did and its value. "It's not in a conservation area, and it's not a listed building, but it's a building which has real significance, given the significant activity there was in Woodville." Brunt and Bucknall Brewery was the first to be set up in Swadlincote, and the longest in existence, surviving until 1927. Victoria House is understood to have been used as a bottling store after it was built in 1896. It is considered by the conservation and design officer at Derbyshire County Council to be of architectural merit, and to 'positively contribute to the public realm.' According to English Heritage, an article four direction can increase the public protection both of designated and non-designated heritage assets. The planning board at South Derbyshire District Council will consider the application at their next meeting on Tuesday."
"Raise a pint as brewery house in Woodville could be saved"
Burton Mail : January 18th 2015

"The members of the Ellistown Under Managers' Association, with their wives, in all about 100 persons, visited Woodville and district on Saturday afternoon for the purpose of inspecting the potteries and various pipe works. A very enjoyable day was spent, the visitors expressing their appreciation of the courtesy shown to them by the owners of the various works visited. They dined at the Queen Adelaide, Woodville, where a couple of hours were spent in a social manner."
"Under-Managers' Association"
Leicester Chronicle : July 27th 1895

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