Some history of the Bridge Tavern at Market Drayton in the county of Shropshire.


Part of the area known as Newtown, the Bridge Tavern was located near the bridge at the bottom of Phoenix Bank, close to the tannery. I am not exactly sure which building housed the beer house. The properties seen on the map extract below have all disappeared.

Market Drayton : Map extract showing the area in which the Bridge Tavern traded [1886]
© Crown Copyright. Reproduced with kind permission of the National Library of Scotland under the Creative Commons Attribution licence.

In addition to Phoenix Bank, there was another pedestrian route from Newtown to the Church of Saint Mary. Also known as Jacob's Ladder, there was, and still is, a steep flight of steps leading to the school.

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Also recorded as a gardener, the Bridge Tavern was run by 50-year-old Rebecca Roberts at the time of the 1841 census.

Licensees of the Bridge Tavern

1844 - Rebecca Roberts
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub. The dates of early licensees are sourced from trade directories, census data, electoral rolls, rate books and newspaper articles. Names taken from trade directories may be slightly inaccurate as there is some slippage from publication dates and the actual movement of people.

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