Pheasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire

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Pheasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire

Pheasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire

Kindly provided by James Bradshaw

Pheasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire

Pheasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire

Kindly provided by James Bradshaw

Residents at this address

Charles Butler was born at Bucklebury Alley 1853, the son of Benjamin Butler *

From the newspapers : 1866 Sale at the Pheasant Inn. Mr Milsom of The Pheasant Inn will appoint a person to show the lots *

In the 1871 Census, George Milsom, sawyer and beer retailer, Cold Ash ( it does not say Pheasant Inn but is immediately after Harts Hill which is where the Pheasnt Inn is). *

1878 George Milsom landlord of the Pheasant beerhouse Cold Ash was charged with keeping his house open after 10 O'clock *

1879 The license of the Pheasant Inn Cold Ash was temporarily transferred to Moses William Wood *

1884 Attempted burglary at Pheasant - Charles Butler was the landlord *

The Pheasant in the 1891 Census *
Charles Butler, head, age 38, married, blacksmith, born Bucklebury
Mary Jane Butler, wife, age 47, born Elcot, Kintbury
Florence Ellen Butler, daughter, age 9, born Cold Ash
Edith Ann Butler, daughter, age 8, born Cold Ash
Harry William Butler, son, age 5, born Cold Ash
Charles Hopkins, son, age 26. single waiter domestic service, born Elcot, Kintbury
Thomas Bond, lodger, age 73, widower, shepherd, born Whitchurch, Hants
Alfred Blackmore, lodger, age 22, single, agricultural labourer born Midgham, Berks
Joseph Timms, lodger, age 16, single, agricultural labourer, born Hermitage, Berks

1901/Charles Butler/Publican & Blacksmith/48/Bucklebury, Berks/Census
1901/Mary J Butler/Wife/56/Wantage, Berks/Census
1901/Florence E Butler/Daughter/19/Cold Ash, Berks/Census
1901/Harry W Butler/Son/15/Cold Ash, Berks/Census
1901/Alfred Blackmore/Boarder, General Labourer/32/Stockcross, Berks/Census
1901/Gabriel Bosley/Boarder, General Labourer/70/Cold Ash, Berks/Census

1903/Charles Butler/Beer Retailer/../../Kellys Directory

In 1911 and 1921 Census it is still Charles Butler at the Pheasant. He was also a Blacksmith. He died in 1931 age 79 and was still living at the Pheasant with his son Henry William Butler. *

The Pheasant, Cold Ash - 9 rooms in the 1911 Census *
Charlie Butler, head, age 58, married, blacksmith and licensed victualler, landlord, born Bucklebury, Berks
Jane Butler, wife, age 66, married 29 years, 4 children, 3 living, 1 died - born Kintbury, Berks
Henry Butler, son, age 25, single, bricklayers labourer, born Cold Ash
Robert Holland, boarder, age 28, single, bricklayer, born Horsham, Sussex
Fred Stacey, boarder, age 34, single, farm labourer, born Cold Ash

The Reading Standard, 15 November 1913 *
Butler: on the 2nd instance at the Pheasant, Cold Ash, Mary Jane Butler age 69

In 1921 census at the Pleasant Inn, Cold Ash, Berkshire
Charles Butler, Blacksmith, W King The Foundry, Bucklebury, Widow, aged 68 years 10 months and born in Bucklebury, Berkshire
William Loveridge, Son-in-law, Farm Labourer, Racecourse Co, Newbury, aged 42 years 10 months and born in Berkshire,
Edith Loveridge, Daughter, aged 38 years 2 months and born in Cold Ash, Berkshire
Denis Loveridge, Grandson, aged 5 years 5 months and born in Cold Ash, Berkshire
Eileen Loveridge, Granddaughter, aged 1 year 4 months and born in Cold Ash, Berkshire
Percy Johnson, Visitor, Farm Labourer, Mr Leader, Hill HOuse Farm, aged 29 years 1 month and born in Shinfield, Berkshire
Edith Johnson, Visitor, aged 30 years 8 months and born in Reading, Berkshire

The Reading Standard, 2nd January 1932 : *
Death of Mr Charles Butler
Cold Ash Licensee passed away on Christmas Day
By the death of Mr Charles Butler, which occurred very suddenly on Christmas morning, Cold Ash has lost one of its oldest residents. Mr Butler who was aged 79 and had spent all of his life in the village was about on Wednesday as usual. And although lately his health had been none too good, his death had been unexpected.
For 60 years he had worked at the Bucklebury Foundry and for the last 50 years he had been the licensee of The Pheasant, Cold Ash, where he was much respected.
As a boy he sang in the church choir and for many years he played a good game of cricket, a sport of which he was very fond. He leaves a son and two daughters, his wife having pre-deceased him by 18 years.
His funeral took place on Tuesday at St Marks Church, Cold Ash.

In 1939 Henry William Butler is at the Pheasant but listed as a labourer, but may have been running the Inn as well. Also there is Edith Loveridge, sister of Henry William. *

1939 Electoral Register *
Pheasant Inn
Butler, Henry W, born 9/1/1886, married, general labourer
Loveridge, Edith A, born 15/4/1883, widow, unpaid domestic duties (Edith is the daughter of Charles Butler)
Loveridge, Eileen C F (later Hall) born 22/2/1920, launderess
Kemp, Ann, born 4/7/1872, unpaid domestic duties

1952 Electoral Register, Henry William Butler, The Pheasant *

By 1957 Henry William Butler had left the Pheasant and was living at Tenham Cottage Cold Ash. The Pheasant was not showing in the Electoral Register so may have been vacant *

In 1960 Helen E Bell was at the Pheasant - but I do not know if it was still a public house at that time *

The Pheasant still stands today, in 2023, but is now a private house. It was owned in the past by Simmonds Brewery *

* Provided by Pam Dean

And Last updated on: Monday, 01-May-2023 22:42:53 BST