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By Bill Exley
My research of the Blunham Public Houses and Beer Houses of bygone years, came about by interesting observations made by an old Blunham Gent called Ernest Jeffries. We used to walk slowly up The Hill, due to his advanced years, and he would point out old sites to me with his walking stick. I then got the bug to compile a comprehensive listing using Bedford archive records held at County Hall, together with visits to the Brewers of Charles Wells of Bedford and Greene King at Biggleswade. The project started in 1985 taking a year with visits in my spare time after work at Texas Instruments Ltd (Then in Bedford) It was here I met Colin Hinson the Web-Master for the Blunham Web Site. I came to the village in Dec. 1969 leaving Guernsey and Tektronix Ltd after 7 Years..
The Queen's Head closed as a pub in 1926. when Herbert Currant left it to go to The Horse Shoes for 30 yrs, however I have no evidence to show anyone else went in during my researches. Another slight twinge of doubt is the description for The Wheatsheaf, I assumed it was a Beerhouse and not a Pub for Beer sales (Beerhouses had no Bar). I also thought that Beerhouses had phased out by the 1920's, though there were exceptions e.g. 'The Oak ' 1958 and the 'Quaint' Beerhouse in Ravensden The Case Is Altered closing during the 1990's. Enter the 8 Links below to explore our Blunham Public House Histories Bill Exley, April 2004 ( It may be of interest to view my' Misc & Mash' link of 1903 and one on Coins below )
Addendum 22nd May 2012- There has been some speculation as to the existance of a 9th Pub in Blunham and upon further investigation , I have uncovered a White Hart Inn ( Public House/Beer House ) that was somewhere in Blunham village , to date the excact location remains a mystery. The owners were a William Astell & son Richard this is mentioned in the Luton & Bedford archives of 1737. I have researched 'The White Hart' of the nearby village of Gt. Barford and this did not match. There is currently (in 2011) only one pub left in Blunham and that is -
There used to be a further seven pubs in Blunham ! In order of closing (most recent first) they were :-
Greene King and Charles Wells Brewers
Bedford Borough Council Archives for access to records
Colin Hinson for all his work and inputs.
Page last updated 11/9/2018- by Bill Exley.