Blunham Pubs: The Salutation

By Bill Exley

c1906 The Salutation to the left, a cottage in the centre, The Horseshoes beneath the Church
The Salutation 2003

'The Salutation' public house is a grand building situated just along the High Street in the centre of Blunham village, at one time it was .8 High Street, The pub name outside is one of the oldest in England, its origin dating back to horsemen taking a stirrup - cup or Salutary drink in days of old. ( L. Salus, health or Salutare, to wish health to.) During my researches it was found that the original name was 'The Ragged Staff', changing to 'The Salutation' during 1768 for reasons unknown. Here follows a listing of Occupiers to date, derived from records researched at Bedford Archives and information supplied by Greene King, Brewers of fine Ales. (Then at Biggleswade, Beds. now closed )

Edmund Turner 1st known occupant of 'The Ragged Staff'  
Samuel and Anne Osbourne 16th Oct 1646
Anne Osbourne, widow later admitted  
Richard Orlebar 1759
Henry Dennis (The Salutation now) 20th July.. 1768
Thom and Rachel. Bassett 13th April 1802
Rachel Bassett 1822
Thom. Clarkson  1827
Geo. Thomas Scruby 22nd Sept 1836
Thom. Nicholls 15th Aug .1844
Joseph Lovell 25th June .1845
Wm. Scruby sells by Public Auction on - 22nd Feb. 1849
W. J and Susan Nash ( Bedford Brewers ) new Landlords .  
Sam. Mardlin 1854
James, John Baker 1869
Jane, James 1872
Wm. Jeffries 1873
Chas. and Wm. Howard 1874
The first licence is granted to Wm. Howard 1877
Chas. Penwright 5th Aug.. 1881
Newland now joins with a Susan Nash (Widow) 1884
Chas Henry Clarke 1888
Wm. Fuller 1896
Fredrick Geo. Howe 1898
Newlands and Susan Nash still in control.  
Wm Hill 1906
Wm. Thom. Davey 1910
Mrs Davey, widow 1933
Wm. Hawkins, comes down from the 'White Horse' 13th June 1934
Wells and Winch take over in 1938
Harry Hawkins (son) 29th Mar 1950
Frank Payne 11th May 1955
Alec Taylor 16th July .1958
Later moves up to the White Horse on The Hill 11th Jan .1961
Arthur Cammack, (Greene King here) 27th Jan 1961
Dora, Beatrice Edwards 17th Aug.1961
Tom and Margaret Curzon 5th Sept. 1962
Barry, Magella Thompson 4th April 1965
Eddie and Mavis Randall 1st Feb . 1967
Jim and Pat Collier 1st Nov . 1972
Brian and Pauline Fox 6th Jan... 1982
Robin and Beryl Cowley 27th Mar.1985
Roy and Susan Walsh, move from 'The White Horse ' 11th Sept 1986
350 years of History presented to Roy and Susan 2nd Oct . 1996
Geo. Mc.Arthur 11th June 1998
Mike, Lyn Jupp 27th July 1999
Bill & Andrea Smith 26th Feb 2004
Keith Graham & Louise Jackson 10th Aug 2005
Paul & Jamie Mead 19th June 2007
Brendan Clifford (manager) 20th Jan. 2008
Michael and Victoria Crooks 20th Mar 2008
Donna and David Wisbey 26th July 2010
John and Lesley Hunt 4th Feb.. 2011
The Salutation Public House now closes
11th Dec 2011
Malcolm Vardy, new Private Tenant 10th Jan. 2013

The old Salutation is now converted to a Private Dwelling

Last updated 27th Feb 2019 / by Bill Exley
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