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Magna Charta Inn—Barrow Road

The Magna Charta under the licensee Gerard Branton c.1910.

Magna Charta c.1905.

The Magna Charta pub recently had no less than three images of a paddle steamer adorning its exterior until recently. Indeed the Magna Charta in this instance was a steamer, which ran daily from Hull to New Holland from as early as 1832. This was the most likely source of the name given to this ale-house, which was first noted c.1842 in the local trade directories. However, a mail coach named the Magna Charta also ran from New Holland to Nottingham and this may have pre-dated the steamer.

A double-pile building, it has been much enlarged and its original central doorway has been bricked-up and it is now entered from a side entrance. It gives the impression of having once been a private house, but was most likely purpose-built as a pub. The 1871 Census recorded ‘Magna Charta Lane’ running alongside the pub, and the 1861 Census simply ‘Charta Lane’, which may have been earlier names for the present Summercroft Avenue. Magna Road was still listed in a directory of 1896.

Its alehouse licence was renewed in 1932 by the then owners Worthington & Company Ltd, and it was latterly owned by Enterprise Inns. Following a short period of closure (July 2002 to November 2003) it re-opened and continues to enjoy reasonable trade once more. The new tenant spent a lot of time and effort renovating the pub, and externally it is now a pleasant feature on New Holland’s main approach road.

Magna Charta as seen in 2002.

Some references to the Magna Charta: -

1842 — Richard Hewitt, beer-house, New Holland
1851 — Richard Hewitt (Census – licensed victualler, aged 67 years)
1856 — Robert Edwards, Magna Charta
1858 — Mary Palmer
1861 — John Cocking (Census – blacksmith & inn keeper, Magna Charta)
1871 — Mary Ayto (Census – licensed victualler)
1872 — Mrs Mary Ayto, victualler, Magna Charta, New Holland
1881 — Henry T Sawyer, Licensed victualler, aged 28 (Census, Magna Charter (sic))
1882 — Henry Sawyer
1891 — Henry Smith (Census – publican)
1892 — Nathaniel Henry Smith
1896 — John Collins Booth
1901 — John Collins Booth (Census – aged 49 years, born Yorkshire)
1905 — Mrs Edith Mary Booth
1909-1913 — Henry Branton
1919-1933 — Gerard Henry Branton
1937 — Henry H Waters

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