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The Nag's Head
Public House Harby

The history of the Nag's Head Harby is believed to date back to as early as the 13th Century. It is thought to have housed monks on their travels.

There is suggestion that they lived in the upper part of the building and had cattle in the lower ground floor.

What is now known is that it remains one of the oldest buildings in Leicestershire.

It is likely that at the reformation in 1539 that the building was sold and tenant farmers took over the building.

We know that certainly by 1528 Ralf Whittle was farming on the site and what is now know as Burton Close. 

At the heart of every English village is a public house colloquially known as “the pub”.

 

It’s is in fact the only remaining public house of three in the village and little wonder as to why, the Nags Head is legendary.

If the walls of this particular ale house could talk, the tales it might tell about the folk of this village, would be the envy of a good novelist!

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This Photograph taken around 1900 shows the Butcher family as

 resident and Landlords of the Nags Head Inn

The Landlords

The first listing for the Whittle family in Harby, Leicestershire

- Ralph Whittle in 1528

 

In the 1719 UK, Poll Books and Electoral Register, there is a listing for John Whittle, Ralph Whittle and Ralph Whittle. 

 

In the will of John Whittle of 1727, there is no mention to indicate the sale of Beer

In the will of Thomas Whittle 1738, the list of contents mentions-

“In the cellar Tubs and Barrells and Beer” worth £1 s1 

In the will of Thomas Whittle in 1784, his nephew John Whittle is listed as victualler.

1846  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer [First official listing]

1851  Elizabeth Whittle [1851 census]

1854  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer 

1855  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer 

1861  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer 

1863  John Whittle, (Senior)

1870  John Whittle, (Senior)

1875  John Whittle, (Senior)

1876  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer / Victualler

1877  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer / Victualler 

1880  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1881  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1887  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1891  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1892  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1895  John Whittle Landlord and Grazer

1899  Walter Cox Landlord and Grazer

1908  Horace William Butcher Helena May Butcher

1911  Horace William Butcher Helena May Butcher

1912  Horace William Butcher Helena May Butcher

1914  Richardson Frances (Mrs.)

1916  Richardson Frances (Mrs.)
1922  Luke Samuel Swingler 

1925  Luke Samuel Swingler 
1928  Frank William Tustin

1932  Hector Gerald Hamer

1936  Ernest King Trotter

1939  Austin F Price    Blanche Price

1950  Mr Field-Richards

1960  Ken and Betty Newman

1971  Keith and Marjorie Buxton

1981  David & Betty Dorkes 

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