The Stags Head

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By Norman Phillips

           The Stag  Ashwell High Street

This pub, opposite Day's the bakers, was built in 1882.It is believed that a pub called the Greyhound may have stood previously on this site. The Stag was owned by Wrights, brewers of Walkern Herts.It closed in 1908 and later was converted into the Cooperative shop.

This page was added on 23/09/2010.
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In our research on Ashwell cricket I have gleaned from a history of the Covington family that this Beer House was run by Benjamin Covington, b.10 sep 1849 in Ashwell to William, father and Harriet, mother, nee Waldock. On this site it says he died in 1914 and is buried in Ashwell chuchyard

By Trevor Percival
On 21/09/2011

The information I have about the Stags Head is that it was owned or leased by Page's brewery around the time mentioned (1908), but not closed then. Instead Wright's of Walkern bought it, selling it on to Simpson's in 1924. Simpson's then closed it sometime after that.

Would that sort of time (late-20s/early-30s) coincide with when it became the CoOp, does anyone know?

By Adrian Perry
On 02/05/2017

Covington History Report

BENJAMIN COVINGTON. Ref: 117. Born: 10 Sep 1849 at Ashwell, Herts. Father: Covington, William, Mother: Waldock, Harriet, Mar: 26 Jul 1872 at Ashwell to Strickland, Emily Una 4370. Died: 20 Aug 1914 at Ashwell, Herts aged 64. Christened: 14 Oct 1849 at Ashwell. Appears in 1911 Census in Royston area. Originally Farm Labourer, circa 1861-1900, then Beer Retailer 1901-1914 in Ashwell running The Stag's Head public house where he finally died. Wife carried on business after his death, see entry.  (Parish Registers). Buried in St Mary's Ashwell churchyard


Emily Una COVINGTON. Ref: 4370. Born: 10 Nov 1850 at Ashwell, Herts. Father: Strickland, Mar: 26 Jul 1872 at Ashwell to Covington, Benjamin 117. Died: 3 Feb 1934 at Ashwell, Herts aged 83. Baptised 8 Dec 1850 in Ashwell (Parish Registers). She became landlady of The Stag's Head in Ashwell after her husband's death and was described as being one-eyed. She would sprinkle fine sand on the boarded floor especially for those customers who missed the black leaded, cast iron spitoons which stood in each corner of the bar. After her death, the brewers, Wrights of Walkern, closed the pub and the premises became a branch of Letchworth, Hitchin & District Co-operative Society selling groceries etc. This closed in the 1950s and was converted into 2 houses, one of which was named Stag House.

By Martin Herbert Covington
On 27/08/2020

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