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Boars Head

Picture source: Dan Pieters-Ericksonn

The Boars Head was situated at 26 Friar Street and demolished in 2003.
Source: Bob Brodie
Was it a chance meeting, an offer or request to pose for a portrait, an elopement, or a honeymoon for a free-thinking couple who shirked the marriage conventions? Whatever the circumstances, James Paull Drew, describing himself as a figure painter, and Emma Freeman found themselves under the same roof on Census night, 30 March 1851, when it is just possible that my ancestor Eva Bertha, born eight months later 50 miles away in Wiltshire, was conceived. James was from Devizes (like many of the Drew name), Emma from distant Eynesbury, although perhaps she had come to visit one of the Freeman families in the area. There is no record of the couple ever having married, but Emma took James' surname and three further children were born at Reading. Had they earlier planned to settle in Reading, or was the inn the crucial element in their decision? Did they ever revisit the Boars Head to reminisce? Could visits by the many descendants (had we but known) of this and other bountiful trysts have kept the doors open past 2002? Perhaps therein lies a vein yet to be mined by modern publicans.
A Descendant, Australia (June 2018)

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Name Dates Comments
Gillian Lewis 1981/1983 Worked part time here and have very fond memories.
Henry Allen 1970/1972 Started off here every Friday night. Much frequented by my brother & sister in earlier years I believe

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Picture source: Raymond Simonds