Some history of the King's Head Inn at Pershore in the County of Worcestershire


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On the British Listed Buildings website, there is a historic note for No.1 High Street. It states that it is "said to be on the site of the former King's Head Inn, and in use as a chemist's shop by 1814. If this is true then there must have been another King's Head Inn at Pershore as the inn sign is included in a newspaper article dated March 10th, 1860. The official listing states that this pair of properties [Nos. 1 and 3 High Street] were erected in the early 19th century. Facing Broad Street, they add great character to the townscape of Pershore. The decorative cast-iron verandahs lend a particular charm to the façades. But where was the King's Head Inn?

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Pershore : Site of King's Head Inn on High Street [2010]

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Licensees of the King's Head Inn

1785 - James Cowell
1829 - James Freeman
1831 - T. N. Best
1835 - George Howship
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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Related Newspaper Articles

"Margaret Gordon was brought up charged with obtaining 3s. in money, the property of Elizabeth Beard, by false pretences. The prisoner went into the King's Head Inn, where the prosecutrix is servant, and offered her a showy ring, pressing her to buy it, assuring her it was gold and saying she was in great distress. The girl was taken in by the plausible tale and purchased the ring for 3s. It afterwards turned out to be brass, and value one penny. She was committed to the Assizes."
"A Ring Case"
Worcester Journal : March 10th 1860 Page 8

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