The Chequers Beerhouse Colmworth
The Chequers Beerhouse: Jew's Field, Colmworth
This beerhouse is only known from one reference: an auction sale particular of 17th August 1866 [WG2544]. The Chequers was one of a number of lots including properties in Paxton and Saint Ives in Huntingdonshire and also: a building site in Cauldwell Street, Bedford; two building plots in Kempston; the Axe and Compasses in Potton; four cottages in Pertenhall; 47 acres in Swineshead and four cottages in Eaton Socon.
The particulars describe the property as follows: "A Freehold Thatched Cottage, formerly the Chequers Beer House, situate in Jew's Field, in the Parish of Colmworth, in the County of Bedford, with the adjoining Paddock and Garden, in the occupation of Samuel Stock, at Four Pounds a year, but of the estimated value of at least Six Pounds a year: subject to a Land Tax of 2/0 a year. The amount to be paid to the Conditions for Timber &c. is £9. 8s. 0d."
Sadly it is impossible, at present, to determine where this beerhouse was situated. Jew's Field is not named on the Lordship Farm survey or the Colmworth inclosure map. The name Samuel Stock is not recorded in either the 1861 or 1871 census for Colmworth - the only Stocks being Charles and John.