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listed building grade II
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last updated 25/01/2020
Occold Bottles Inn
also traded as as: Three Bottleshistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed February 10th, 1956
last owner S&P
The Bottles Inn closed in 1956, when the license was transferred to the Beaconsfield Arms. The building dates from the early 17th century with many additions subsequently.
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
In late 19th century the landlord was a local man, a former farm labourer named Ambrose Reynolds, and he and his wife Emma held the license from the mid 1870s through to the turn of the century.from Rod Cross
I thought you might like to know that My grandfather, Henry Bailey, ran the pub from about 1914 to 1924 and started an egg collecting business from the premises, buying eggs from farmers and households for resale. The family moved to Eye in 1925 where the egg business continued on a larger scale as agents for J S Sainsbury located at the former Kings Arms Public House in Castle Street and continued until the late 1960s.from Barry Bailey
A reference to The Bottle in Occold (in 1825) has been found in the diary of Charles Rayner Freeman as follows:
9 February 1825 "£30 cash of Mr. Clements of Occold Bottle for one year rent for land at Occold".
NOTE: There are also mentions of receiving rent from this Mr. Clements in 1826 and 1828 but the Bottle not mentioned?from Neil Langridge
The pub was just called the Bottles in 1855, 1912 & 1922.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Closure date from Hartismere licensing records.
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.