Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England by Mark Hailwood

By Mark Hailwood

This e-book offers a historical past of the alehouse among the years 1550 and 1700, the interval in which it first assumed its lengthy celebrated function because the key website for public activity within the villages and industry cities of britain. within the face of substantial animosity from Church and country, the shoppers of alehouses, who have been drawn from a large go element of village society, fought for and gained a imperative position of their groups for an establishment that they loved as an essential facilitator of what they termed "good fellowship". For them, sharing a drink within the alehouse was once basic to the formation of social bonds, to the expression in their identification, and to the definition of groups, allegiances and friendships. Bringing jointly social and cultural background ways, this ebook attracts on a variety of resource fabric - from felony files and diary proof to published consuming songs - to enquire battles over alehouse licensing and the rules of consuming; the political beliefs and allegiances that normal women and men expressed from the alebench; the meanings and values that ingesting rituals and practices held for contemporaries; and the social networks and collective identities expressed in the course of the collection of consuming partners. concentrating on an establishment and a social perform on the middle of lifestyle in early glossy England, this booklet permits us to determine a few of the ways that usual women and men spoke back to old techniques comparable to non secular switch and kingdom formation, and simply as importantly unearths how they formed their very own groups and collective identities.

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56 SHC, Q/SR/2/125. W. Malcolmson, ‘“A set of ungovernable people”: the Kingswood Colliers in the Eighteenth Century’, in John Brewer and John Styles (eds), An Ungovernable People: The English and their Law in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (New Brunswick, 1980), pp. 1550– 1832 (Saarbrücken, 2013). 57 SHC, Q/SR/65:2/137. 58 WSHC, 1608/T/92. 59 SHC, Q/SR/58:2/196. 60 Som. S. Recs, III, p. 242. 61 SHC, Q/SR/16/79. 63 This concern worked both ways – it may have been another stick with which ‘militants’ could attack alehouses, but it also reinforced the sense that certain alehouse functions and alehouses were indeed legitimate.

40 If the drive behind alehouse regulation began to wane in many quarters as the century progressed, the national regulatory framework – geared up to prohibit recreational drinking in alehouses – remained relatively unchanged. 42 That the polity operated in this way led, of course, to considerable local variations in the operation of the law. We have touched already on the ways in which jurisdictional overlaps may have complicated the operation of alehouse regulation in certain communities, and the following chapter will examine in greater depth the considerable variation in the efforts and achievements of those magistrates and local officials charged with implementing the legislation against alehouses.

Richards pursued the strangers to the ‘Grinding Stone’ alehouse in nearby Amesbury, where the constables willingly arrested the pair at his request despite finding that one of the men ‘had about him being searched four shillings, two pence but the other being searched had not any money found about him’. 87 If the attitudes of contemporaries towards travelling alehouse patrons appear from these sources to have been characterised by latent suspicion, attitudes towards the patronage of alehouses by the local poor (2003), pp.

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