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The Carpenters Arms, Slaugham
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The Carpenters Arms, Slaugham

Mrs Boniface, the landlady, stands outside the Carpenters Arms pub. Although not too obvious these days, a century earlier it was easy to spot that the pub was an extension added to the original two cottages. James Backshall was the landlord around 1870 and was the last in the neighbourhood to brew the beer he sold. He obtained the water from a conduit, a covered spring, on the Slaugham park estate. The pub cellar could be reached by descending steep steps from the room behind the bar or from the back garden. The stillages were still there in the 1940s and 1950s together with various barrels and brewing equipment. My grandfather, Jim Longhurst, made good use of this and when I visited the cellar I would often find enormous earthenware jars containing fermenting liquor with slices of bread floating on the top. I was informed that, not having any brewers yeast, he was effectively making use of baking yeast in the bread.
Picture added on 21 June 2012 at 14:11
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I remember Uncle Jim and Aunty May next door. I used to steal the peas in his backyard too.
Added by Lena Schriever (nee Botting) on 07 October 2012
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