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George Bunton, Fordham Heath

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In the 1870's my Great Great Grandfather, George Bunton ran 'The Star' (now 'The Cricketers') pub in Fordham Heath, Essex.
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George Bunton, Fordham Heath
Authored by: Jerry Green on 10:26PM BST - Monday, 04 May 2009

Many Buntons in Fordham are in the ESS Copford family tree, which is only accessible by paid up members of the Bunting Society.

Have you found your family there?

Jerry Green Society Webmaster.

George Bunton, Fordham Heath
Authored by: Mrs Cindy James on 08:28PM BST - Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Yes thank you! I am now a member of the Bunting Society, and have had tremendous fun looking into my tree today. I am totally fascinated, and thrilled with the information!

Cindy James

George Bunton, Fordham Heath
Authored by: Anonymous on 07:35PM GMT - Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The Half Moon Beer House circa 1912...... .....was on the corner of Spring Lane, and Huxtables Lane, Fordham Heath. Pictured left to right, Walter Bunting, ? Ashton, Jack Perry, George Perry, Arthur Bunting, Jack Firmin. The Half Moon is now a private house, and has retained the name Half Moon as the house name.  Beer Houses of Fordham Heath by a local resident  An Inn had a full license to sell beer and all other types of liquor and offered accommodation to travelers. Beer Houses were a product of the 19th century, a result of the Beer Act of 1839 which enabled any householder, whose name was on the rate book to sell beer, but no other intoxicating liquor without obtaining a license from the Justices of the Peace, and free from any control by merely paying the sum of two guineas to the Customs and Excise. The legislation aimed to curb the consumption of spirits which was seen as having a detrimental effect on the health of the labouring poor and to restore the ancient popularity of the national beverage - beer!. Beer houses sprung up all over the country, often in the converted front parlours of cottages. As can be seen from the list of beer retailers of Fordham Heath (below), The Half Moon beer house was set up in the 1850's and what was to become The Star, in 1871. These Beer Houses often doubled as small provisions shops as was the case on Fordham Heath where both doubled as such for a number of years. The Star only gained a full license in about 1937. It was relatively easy to set up a beer house, regardless of your age or occupation. John Goody’s occupation was a "jobber", he was aged 69. George Bunting was a labourer aged 42. Walter Bunting, who was the last beer retailer of The Half Moon, was born circa 1862.   Beer Retailers of Fordham Heath           The Half Moon Beer House   Heath Beer House (The Star) John Goody 1855 ------------------ Maria Goody (widow) 1862 ------------------ John Goody (son) 1870 ------------------ John Goody 1871 George Bunting + shopkeeper John Goody 1882 George Bunting + shopkeeper Walter Bunting + shopkeeper 1886 John Gasson + shopkeeper Walter Bunting + shopkeeper 1894 John North + shopkeeper Walter Bunting 1899 William Rand Walter Bunting + farmer 1908 John Thomas Firmin Walter Bunting 1917 John Wingfield Walter Bunting 1922 John Wingfield ----------------- 1926 John Wingfield ----------------- 1937 Alfred Geo. Bugg - The Star P. H.   The Beer House that was to become The Star by 1897, ceased to operate as a shop when it was bought by Greene King Breweries in 1894.      


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