Market Square Tavern

This establishment was at the back of the Market Square at the far left. The building had several uses before it was made into the tavern, including the town’s Police Office.

Traditionally a ‘tavern’ was not the same as an ‘inn’, as they would specialise in the sale of wine. It’s not known if that was the case with the Market Tavern, it’s perhaps more likely the terms had already become interchangeable.

John Lovatt was in residence by 1861 and he appears to be the first publican, previously he had been a boot maker.

The shop buildings were put up for sale in 1868, on the instruction of the Mackenzie family, who also owned the Market Square and Lulworth House.

On March 25th 1870 the Cheadle Market-Place Tolls were sold in an auction by Mr H. Walters here.

In 1877 George Brassington advertised the premises for rent, described as a beerhouse the rent was £14 per annum.

In 1900 the Market Hall was created, as a result the pub could no longer be seen from the street. It’s likely it was then targeted by the police fearing it had become a hot-spot for gambling and drunkeness; perhaps leading to it’s closure.

In the September of 1901 the Cheadle Homing Society held a meeting at the pub at which 20 members attended.

The Market Tavern closed in 1907.

Past Proprietors:

John Lovatt [1861-1872] (1861 Census, Victorian Cheadle 1841-1881)
George Brassington (1876 – Victorian Cheadle 1841-1881)
Issac Wright
[from 1880] (Victorian Cheadle and 1887 Cheadle Herald) [until April 1888]
John Mellor [from April 1888] (1888 Cheadle Herald)
Joseph Mellor [until Oct 1890] (1890 Cheadle Herald) – possibly as above!
Joseph Salt [from Oct 1890] (1890 Cheadle Herald and 1891 Census)
Mary Emery (Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1896)
Henry Wallander (1901 Census)
Eli Shaw (Cheadle Herald 1901)
Charles Patterson (Kelly’s Directory of Staffordshire 1904)

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