Samuel Woods and Family

Publican of the Bell Public House

By Kathryn Betts

Samuel Woods was the publican of the Bell Public House in Meldreth from at least 1862 until the pub closed in 1910.

Photo:Rebecca Woods, nee Kinns (1833-1915)

Rebecca Woods, nee Kinns (1833-1915)

Photo:Samuel Woods (1833-1922)

Samuel Woods (1833-1922)

Photographs courtesy of Barbara Borghuis-Cooper


Samuel was born in Clothall, Hertfordshire.  His parents were John and Ann Woods.  On 26th September 1861 Samuel married Rebecca Kinns in Hertfordshire and the couple moved to Meldreth shortly afterwards.

They had the following children, who were all baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth:

Name
Baptised
Buried
William
9th January 1863

James
1st May 1864
12th November 1896 (age 32)
Thomas
29th April 1866

Martha Ann
29th September 1867
18th December 1868 (age 1)
Susan
27th June 1869

Henry
11th July 1871

Emily
31st October 1875


Photo:Thomas, James, William, Susan and Henry Woods, c. 1875

Thomas, James, William, Susan and Henry Woods, c. 1875

Photograph courtesy of Barbara Borghuis-Cooper


Photo:Closing of the Bell Public House

Closing of the Bell Public House

Royston Crow, 14th January 1910

Samuel, Rebecca and their children lived at the Bell Public House for over fifty years, remaining in the house after the pub closed in 1910.  Rebecca died in 1915 and Samuel died in 1922.  The report of his funeral is shown below.

Photo:The report of Samuel Woods' funeral, 1922

The report of Samuel Woods' funeral, 1922

Royston Crow


This page was added by Kathryn Betts on 27/10/2011.

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