Amberley Publishing: This fascinating survey of the public houses of Northamptonshire from the earliest times to the present is culled from a variety of sources and records. The book looks at hostelries past and present, (inns, alehouses, beershops) and the rich variety of their names and their meanings - some unique to the county - including those that have undergone changes over time for a number of reasons. Some of these achieved national fame, historically or in literature; others have witnessed amazing incidents, some tragic, others amusing. There is also a look at licensing, drinking and related crimes and various Acts passed over the centuries and their effect on local people. The colourful language of the past is brought to life once again as it was used on the premises, and there is a look at the many alternative purposes for which a hostelry was used.
About the Author
Dr Peter Hill is a lecturer in higher and adult education, and historical consultant for many organisations in the county. He has also made several broadcasts on local radio and contributed to programmes on regional television. In 1999, he was awarded a certificate by the British Association for Local History for his services to the subject in Northamptonshire. He is the author of sixteen books on various aspects of history and in 2006 his book 'Folklore of Northamptonshire' was shortlisted for the Folklore Society's prestigious Katherine Briggs Award. He lives in Corby.
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