History of the Rising Sun Inn 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.


Rising Sun Inn
Rising Sun Inn

Some History of this Pub
The Rising Sun Inn at Woodville has been part of the county of Leicestershire during its history. On the border of the two counties, the building is located midway along Sun Street, a thoroughfare connected to Albion Street by a footpath. Some Victorian customers would have used this path from the old pottery to enjoy a glass of ale in the Rising Sun. Others would have been engaged at the nearby Boothorpe Works or the clay mine along Thorn Street.

The Rising Sun at Woodville [2009]

John Harrison was the publican of the Rising Sun in the 1870's. In 1874 he successfully applied for a victualler's licence. At this time there was another beer house in Sun Street called the Small Thorns which was kept by Edward Mee in 1874. John Harrison was the occupant of the Rising Sun when the freehold of the property was put up for sale. The pub was described as having a tap room, two parlours, kitchen, pantry and cellar, a 'good' clubroom, with bedrooms, detached scullery.

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Thomas and Ann Newberry were mine hosts of the Rising Sun Inn during the late Victorian period. Thomas Newberry worked as a blacksmith in addition to running the pub with his wife Ann.

The Rising Sun at Woodville [2009]

In 1901 Thomas Newbury was convicted of selling adulterated rum at the Rising Sun Inn.

The contents of the Rising Sun were sold at auction following the death of Ann Newberry.

Sale Notice for the Rising Sun Inn at Woodville [1935]

In the 21st century the Rising Sun was operated by Admiral Taverns.

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Related Newspaper Articles
"Before Mr. Grimwood Taylor, coroner for the Repton and Gresley Hundred, an inquest was held at the Rising Sun Inn, Woodville on Friday, relative to the death of Frank Chell, aged 18. who met with his death on Thursday by falling down a well, at Woodville, whilst following his employment as a plumber. The deceased's father, a collier, identified the body as that of his son, who had worked for Mr. Harvey, of Newhall, since he left school, with the exception a a few months. He was an apprentice, but there were no indentures. Mr. Hudson of Newhall said that by Mr. Harvey's instructions he went to Woodville to lengthen the suction-pipe in a well at Little Thorn. He went down the well twice by the same rope which the deceased after went down by. He examined the rope, and thought it was all right, or he would not have gone down. Witness expected that the rope belonged to the sinker; it was there when he and the deceased went to the well. It was an old rope, but seemed pretty strong. The deceased was going down to listen if the pump was drawing air anywhere, as the water would not rise, and witness buckled the straps round him. The deceased got over the centre of the well in the "horse," when the rope immediately broke and deceased fell to the bottom. Witness afterwards descended with the same rope, but was unable to reach deceased, as he was below the water, having, as he supposed, injured himself. Deceased's body was brought up about half an hour afterwards, by means of a drag. The well was between 16 and 20 yards deep. In answer to a juror, witness said he examine the rope later on, and considered that it was very bad where it parted. He did not see the fault in the rope before, or would not have descended. He thought that it was safer to send the deceased down in the chains, rather than in the bucket, which he [witness] went down in. Witness, when he descended, would have used the "horse" or chains, had he known they were there, rather than have used the bucket. The whole weight of the deceased would be on the "horse," whereas in witness's case part of the weight would be relieved by him clinging to the rope. The "horse" or chains would weigh about a quarter of a cwt, and the bucket would be three times heavier. Dr. Davidson attributed death to suffocation by drowning. Mr. Thomas Betteridge, potter, of Woodville, owner of the property where the well is situated stated that the man who sank the well, Arthur Ball, brought the rope from the Blackfordby clay pits. Witness did not examine the rope, but left it to Ball, who was about to work underneath it. The jury returned a verdict of death through drowning, owing to a fall down the well, accidentally and by misadventure, due to a faulty rope."
"The Well Fatality at Woodville"
Leicester Daily Mercury : October 22nd 1898
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Licensees of this Pub
1874 - John Harrison
1901 - Thomas Martin Newberry

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Genealogy Connections
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Inn Sign
Inn Sign of the Rising Sun at Woodville [2009]

In 2009 the pub was displaying a simple Rising Sun signboard. One of the reasons for the name is that the Rising Sun was incorporated into the coat of arms for the Worshipful Company of Distillers. However, the signboard has a more complex history. Click here to find out more about the sign of the Rising Sun.

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Monica Baldwin by Madame Yevonde

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Newspaper Articles
"Joseph Harrison was charged by Sergeant Raynes with being drunk and riotous at Woodville on the 6th of March. He was fined 5s. and 7s.6d. costs or, in default, seven days imprisonment. John Floyd was also charged by Police Constable Brearley with being drunk at Woodville on the 25th February. He was fined £1.1s. and costs or, in default, seven days in prison. Police Constable Brearley also charged William Birch with being drunk at Woodville on the 25th February and he was fined 5s. and 7s.6d. costs."
"Swadlincote Petty Sessions"
Derby Daily Telegraph : March 15th 1883

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