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.
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.
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.
In 1901 Thomas Newbury was convicted of selling adulterated rum at the Rising
The contents of the Rising Sun were sold at auction following the death of Ann
In the 21st century the Rising Sun was operated by Admiral Taverns.
More details on the Rising Sun Inn at
Woodville to follow.
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"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
Fatality at Woodville"
Leicester Daily Mercury : October 22nd 1898
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1874 - John Harrison
1901 - Thomas Martin Newberry
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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
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"The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the
twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the
certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may
happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The
possibility is always there.”
St.Stephen's Parish Page
"Joseph Harrison was charged by Sergeant Raynes with being drunk and
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."
Derby Daily Telegraph : March 15th 1883