Dad with friends outside The Flying Horse Public House

My Dad, John Edward Holland loved a drink! He also smoked (mostly Woodbines). In this group, outside the pub he seems to stand out with cigarette in mouth and hands in his pockets. They may have all been outside the Flying Horse, part of which became the Butchers shop at Knightwick.

As I researched through census forms, I found that although it was once a coaching inn, only builders, carpenters, blacksmiths, and various other trades were mentioned living there.

The Flying Horse was a former 17th century coaching inn, now house and shop, it was partly remodelled in the early 19th century with later additions to the rear. Timber-framed, brick infill, with some brick replacement walling and refacing; stone rubble plinth to shop; tiled roofs. 3 by main range with 2 bay intersecting cross-wing with large external stack and outshut at east gable end. Main elevation 2 storeys; refaced in brick in early 19th Century; main part has 2 ground floor casements with cambered heads, 2 first floor glazing bar sashes, and a part-glazed 19th century door with cambered head adjacent to cross-wing; cross-wing has ground floor 16-pane sash and first floor 4-pane sash, both with cambered heads. Brick chimney stack to left of main range ridge and external stack to rear east elevation of cross-wing. East wing: 2 structural bays, single storey and garret; ground floor casement; central planked door

The Granary was formerly listed as a Stable adjoining west gable of The Flying Horse.

Former stable, 17th Century with 19th century alterations. Timber-framed, brick infill, sandstone rubble plinth, tiled roof. 2 structural bays with 19th Century rear outshut over-lapping with the rear elevation of The Flying Horse. Planked door in west gabled to hayloft; gabled hoist door to hayloft in west bay of rear elevation. Interior has raking strut truss. Included for group value.

1851 Census - HO107/204
Flying Horse Inn, Knightwick, Worcestershire.

William Ballard - [Married] - age 53, b. 1798 - Lulsley, Worcestershire. [Carpenter Employing 3 Men]
Hannah Ballard - [Married] - age 52, - b. 1799 - Herefordshire.
Ann Ballard [Daughter] - age 2, -b. 1830 - Lulsley, Worcestershire.
Thomas White - [Single] - age 38, - b. 1813 - Herefordshire. [Carpenter & Joiner]
William Leary - [Single] - age 19, - b. 1832 - Alfrick, Worcestershire. [Blacksmith]
Joseph Hartland - [Single] - age 17, - b. 1834 - Broadwas, Worcestershire. [Apprentice To Blacksmith]
William Weaver - [Single] - age 31, - b. 1820 - Gloucestershire. [General Servant]
Ellen Edwards - [Single] - age 16, - b. 1835 - Alfrick, Worcestershire. [General Servant]
John Strain - [Single] - age 37, - b. 1814 Worcestershire. [Sawyer]
Henry Huggins - [Single] - age 23, - b. 1828 Suffolk. [Brickmaker]

1861 Census
Blacksmith Shop, Mill Hill, Knightwick, Martley, Worcestershire.

No mention of the Flying Swan! maybe this was it!

Charles Knowles - [Married] - age 24, - b. 1837 - Great Witley, Worcestershire. [Wheelwright Employing 3 Men ]
Eliza Knowles - [Married] - age 24, - b. 1837 - Leominster, Herefordshire.
Ann Jones - [Single] - age 13, - b. 1848 - [Servant General]
John Merrick - [Single] - age 21, - b. 1840 [Wheelwright]
Edward Deem - [Single] - age 18, - b. 1843 [Wheelwright ]
James Hadges - [Single] - age 26, - b. 1835 - Acton Beauchamp, Worcestershire. [Blacksmith]
Alice Knowles - [Daughter] - age 2, - b. 1859

John James - [Married] - age 48, b. 1813 - Martley, Worcestershire. [Agricultural Labourer Greenwich]
Elizabeth James Wife - [Married] - age 52, - b. 1809 - Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. [Laundress]

1871Census - Only one person's name shown.
Flying Horse, Knightwick, Martley, Worcestershire.

Edward Ashwin - [Head - Male] age 53, b. 1818 - Worcestershire. [Residential Shop Keeper - Flying Horse] - [Builders Yard and Offices]

1881 Census - RG11/2912 No house names so taking a guess that these are the Flying Horse occupants.

John Caswell - [Married] - age 57, - b. 1824 - Whitbourne, Herefordshire. [Carpenter]
Mary Caswell - [Married] - age 57, - b. 1824 - Martley, Worcestershire. [Grocer]
Marion Caswell - [Daughter] - age 21, - b. 1860 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [Miliner]
Elizabeth Caswell - [Daughter] - age 15, - b. 1866 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [Assistant]
Richard Caswell - [Son] - age 12, - b. 1869 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [Scholar]

George Higgins - [Married] - age 50, - b. 1831 - Whitbourne, Herefordshire. [Blacksmith]
Ann Higgins - [Married] - age 52, - b. 1829 - Cradley, Worcestershire.
Henry Higgins - [Son] - age 13, - b. 1868 - Leigh, Worcestershire.
Elizabeth Higgins - [Daughter] - age 10, - b. 1871 - Leigh, Worcestershire.

1901 Census
Flying Horse, Knightwick, Martley, Worcestershire.

Harry Lewis - [Married] - age 37, - b. 1864 [Builder]
Sarah Lewis - [Married] - age 42, - b. 1859 - Stepney, Middlesex.
Henry Lewis - [Son] - age 3, - b. 1898 - Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Ewart Lewis- [Son] - age 1, - b. 1900 - Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Rhoda Whitty - [Single] - age 13, - b. 1888 - Whitbourne, Herefordshire. [Servant Domestic]

In 1911 all census forms were filled in by the head of each household

1911 Census - RG14/17611 Their 1901 census address was the Flying Horse - see above.

Address: Knightwick No full address given

Harry McCann Lewis - [Married] - age 47, - b. 1864 - Malvern, Worcestershire. [Builder]
Sarah Fanny Lewis - [Married] - age 52, - b. 1859 - Stepney, Middlesex, London.
Henry Alfred McCann Lewis - [Son] - age 13, - b. 1898 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [School]
Ewart John McCann Lewis - [Son] - age 11, - b. 1900 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [School]
Mary Elizabeth Lewis - [Daughter] - age 9, - b. 1902 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [School]
Sarah Alice McCann Lewis - [Daughter] - age 7, - b. 1904 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [School]

1911 Census - RG14/17611 If you look at 1881 Census above you will see that the following is the son of John Caswell.

Address: Knightwick No full address given

Richard John Caswell - [Married] - age 42 - b. 1869 - Knightwick, Worcestershire. [Farrier & Blacksmith] [Builder]
Alice Caswell - [Married] - age 41 - b. 1870 - Whitbourne, Herefordshire.
Emily Ruth Caswell - [Daughter] - age 18 - b. 1893 - Ledbury, Herefordshire. [Stationery Assistant]
Gertrude Alice Caswell - [Daughter - age 16 - b. 1895 - Whitbourne, Herefordshire. [Dressmaker - Own Account - At Home]
Marion Caswell - [Daughter] - age 10 - b. 1901 - Doddenham, Worcestershire. [School]
William Phillips - [Boarder - Single] - age 34 - b. 1877 - Thornbury, Herefordshire. Butchers Assistant.

1939 Register

Address: Flying Horse, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Charles Robinson - [Married] - b. 27th March, 1887. [Jobbing Builder and Small Holder] [L.W. and A.R.P.]
Gwladys C. Robinson - [Married] - b. 16th July, 1884. [Unpaid Domestic Duties]
Elizabeth Watkins - [Widow] - b. 15th November, 1854. [Pensioner Retired]

Address: Grove Farm, Knightwick, Worcestershire.
Gerwyn W. Robinson - [Married] - b. 12th February, 1910. [Working Farm Bailiff]
Phylls H. W. Robinson - [Married] - b. 6th August, 1908. [Dairymaid]
Monica J. Robinson - [Single] - b. 7th May, 1933. [At School]

I remember both Gerwyn and Monica, living at the Flying Horse.
Gerwyn used the land opposite their house on the other side of the A44. There was a small building at the bottom close to the Suckley Road and he used to keep pigs here, I think he also had some cows too and at the top of the field was a small orchard, which I think were Cherry Trees. Not sure what else he did for a living .

In the buildings to the left of the Flying Horse Chris Edwards made coffins, and was an Undertaker, and my dad dug graves in the Knightwick Chapel cemetery. Dad worked for Chris as a decorator odd job man in his building firm too.

It was Chris Edwards firm that installed the bathroom at the Post Office and the cess pit in the field behind.
I also remember that his firm covered the whole side of the house with first plastic sheeting then metal mesh and finally render to protect the walls from damp. The house was owned by Henry Walker and after my father died he decided to sell the house, and the first people to buy it had all the rendering removed to again show the wooden beams, that you can see today.

The Bromyard News & Record - Thursday, 24th July, 1958.

Funeral of Mrs. P. H. Robinson

The death occurred Monday, 14th July, 1958, at Knightwick, of Mrs. Phyllis H. W. Robinson, wife of Mr. Gerwyn W. Robinson. She was the elder daughter of the late Mr. A. Harris, stationmaster at Suckley and of Mrs. Harris now residing at Hainsford, Bromyard. She was well known and highly respected in the Knightwick and Bromyard districts. For the last fifteen years she had lived at Hyde Farm, Avenbury.
The funeral was held at Bromyard parish Church, the Rev. Oliver Davies, Rector of Knightwick and Broadwas officiating.
The family mourners were:- Mr. G. Robinson, Miss M. Robinson, Mr. C. Robinson, (father-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. R. Jones (sister and brother-in-law), Miss N. Jones (niece), Mr. G. Harris (uncle), Mr. G. R. Harris, Mr. K. Pumphrey, Mrs. D. Williams, rep. Mr. Williams, Misses D. And B. Pumphrey (cousins), Mr Price (uncle), Mr. P. Price, Mrs F. Tustin rep. Mr Tustin (cousins).
Among the congregation were:- Mr. R. Loft, Mrs. John Walker rep. Mr. J. Walker, Mr. E. Walker, Miss M. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. R. Oliver, Mrs. F. Partridge, Mr. G. Cartwright, Mr. S. Oliver, Mr. G. Potter, Mr. and Mrs. H. Beck, Miss M. Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Tooby, Mr. P. and Miss B. Tooby, Mr. F. Bowkett, Mr. G, Baynham, Mr. and Mrs. C. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. Skidmore, Mr. and Mrs. G. Payne, Mr. G. Mann, Mr. R. B. England, M.F.H. rep. Clifton-on-Teme Hunt, Mrs. Abott, Mr. E. G. Holloway, Mr. H. S. Bayliss, Mr. L. F. Brown, Mr. J. Amos, Mrs Lewis, Mr. S. and Miss O. Lewis, Mr. A. R. Harper, Mr M. Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Hodges rep. Mr. and Miss J. Hodges, Mrs. E. Boucher, Mrs. Foxall, Mr. C. Reynolds, Mrs. Keen, Mr. and Mrs. G. Thomas rep. staff at Bromyard Railway Station, Mrs. C. Page, Mrs. W. Weale, Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Darby, Mrs. Harris (mother), and Mrs. Robinson (mother-in-law) were unable to attend. Apologies were received from Mrs. F. Jones, Mr. Treanor and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Barber.
Wreaths were sent by:- Gerwyn Robinson and Monica; Mother; Freda and Rowly; Nola; Dad and Mum Robinson; Auntie Jessie; Marion, Geoffrey, Martin, Heather and Iona; Uncle George, Aunty Chris and Reid; Auntie Nellie, Uncle Fred, Auntie Mary, Dorothy and Betty; Kenneth, Jean, Jennifer and Judith; Beryl, Dilwyn, Grandma and little Lyndon; Bessie; John and Nellie Pop and family; Iris, John, and family; Uncle ted, Ted and Peter, Maud Priddy; Dorothy and Fred; Pam, Ron, Adrian, Penny and Peter; Bobby Clarke; Mary and the children; Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Green; Ron, Marion, and Charles;
Olga (Jersey); All at Ivy House; Nurse Weale and family; The Beck family; Marita; Fred and Les; Frank and Amy Jones; Rhoda and Bill; Mr. and Mrs. Tomkins; Dora, Olive and Stanley Lewis; Edie and family; Chris, Betty and children and Mrs. Edwards sent.; Alan and Elsie Morris; Mr. and Mrs. A. Morris and family; Mr. and Mrs. Hodges and Jennifer; K. Spencer; Jack and Nora; Doris Linnington; 1st Crown East Brownie pack; Mrs. Abbott and family; Mr. and Mrs.E. Williams; Guides of 1st Knightsford Bridge Co.; Fred and Olive Partridge; Mrs Jones and family; V. And A. Taylor; All at Upper Venn; Jack and Dora Amos and Philip; Joyce and Mr. Perrigo; Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Harper and family; E and M Stephenson; Mr. E. and Miss M. Walker; Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Bayliss and family; George and Mary Potter; Staff and Children Crown east School; Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs and Marjorie; Mabel; Eric and Arthur; Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson and Winnie; George and Beryl Yates; Mrs. Clarke; Mr. and Mrs. John Walker; Mr. and Mrs. C. Reynolds and family; All at Buckenhill Grange; All the staff at Hyde Farm; Mrs F. Gardiner, Joan and Molly; Ted and Doris Holland [my Mother and Father]; George and Rose Cartwright; Mr. and Mrs. A. Barker and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Friend.

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