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The Nelson

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The Nelson was situated on the High Street. This pub closed in the 1950s and is now used as a private house called 'The Old Nelson'.
My grandmother, Mary Lacey was landlady of this pub probably around the last years of WWII, and/or shortly thereafter. So she was one of the last, given that the pub closed in the mid-fifties. She was born Mary Bass, and was one of eight children born in Chinnor.
My mum had one lasting memory of the pub that she told me about several times. She hated to cook, and (candidly) wasn’t very good at it. One night a patron asked her for hot chocolate. She made it (not sure if they had instant in those days!) and was told that she was a “Bonnie wee cook”! She never forgot it.
My granddad, Geoff Lacey caught flak from Gran until his dying day because during their tenure he spent most of his time playing dominoes, and was definitely not landlord material in her opinion.
Linda Russell (July 2014)
The last landlords of this pub were Gwen and Des Ginger my mum and Dad. They were there from about 1953 to 1956, when it was sold as a house. My Grandparents lived over the road in the high st Their name was Bass, and they were uncle and Aunt to Mary Lacey, who were the landlords before mum and Dad, when the Laceys moved to Gillingham in Kent
Deborah Luker (August 2019)

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