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Victorian Walk

Turn Now And Look At The Two Brewers

It is all painted white now and looks like one original building, but it is really 3 separate buildings.

walk (9)The middle section is the oldest and was built in the 16th century. It was a farmhouse with about 20 acres of land.

As was the custom, the wife used to make the beer and sell it in the early days, but later brewers bought the inn and let it to other people.

In Victorian times Chipperfield became a popular place and people would drive out in carriages from places as far away as London.

Cricketers also came to play the local team.

Beer was obviously drunk but it became fashionable in later Victorian times to have tea and cakes and a canopy was erected outside.

I don’t suppose “ladies” would go inside a beer house.

Look at the right side of the building

There was a shop on the corner run by the Bunyan family. They were tailors, in 1861.

walk (10)The rich could afford to buy suits made to measure but the poor working people probably bought one suit which they wore on Sundays and for weddings and funerals. They would have been able to buy on tick (paying a small sum each week).

By 1871, the Bunyans were grocers and tailors.

What a busy place the shop must have been with sugar and flour in large sacks, tea in large boxes, butter and cheese in large blocks on the counter and bacon hanging on hooks from the beams. The counter was where the bar is now. Everything had to be measured or cut up, weighed and wrapped in paper.

By 1881, trade was so busy that they had to employ extra men.

Things were really hectic by 1891 because people had to come here to register special events such as births and deaths. Joseph Bunyan must have been a very reliable man. It was soon after this that the shop also became the Post Office.

So in Victorian times, Bunyan’s shop was the busiest place in the village.

You would also hear all the news and gossip from the shop as well. Many adults couldn’t read and only some of the children were able to help their parents, so Mr Bunyan would have helped many.

Two Brewers – left side of building

Now look at the left side of the building. This was built in the 18th century as a private house. Maybe it was built as an investment to be rented out. A schoolteacher lived there in 1861. Then for 20 years Baptist Ministers lived there.

The Baptist Church was built just before St Paul’s church. The Manse was not built until later. By the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, the left side had become the headmaster’s house. Very convenient to live so close to your job!

Now move along the Common to the edge of the car park – but do stay on the grass. Here are 4 more flint cottages, next to the Old School Cottages.

walk (1)A Sarratt builder built this block between 1795 and 1805.

The village well was on the left hand side of the cottages.

The two cottages on the left became a laundry by 1881.

The car park was common land and there were probably a few goats tethered on it.

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Terry Trayton

What a wonderful idea this project is. It involves children in a practical way by getting them involved in their local history. I can see a huge amount of research has gone into this and I have learned a lot from it. I am not a local person myself but I often visit Chipperfield and, with a friend, I take country walks in the area. I purchased my present vehicle from a local garage and often buy bedding plants from a local nursery so I suppose I can claim some connection with the village. I congratulate all the young pupils involved in this project and wish them a very successful future. Well done!!

July 11, 2011

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