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Pub raises glass to another 150 years





The Ferry’s licensee Martin Tolley, right, pictured celebrating the pub’s 150th birthday this week with staff members Siobhan Quinn, Jason Lafford and his brother Andy Tolley. Photo: Mark Williamson (A65/9/16/9908)
The Ferry’s licensee Martin Tolley, right, pictured celebrating the pub’s 150th birthday this week with staff members Siobhan Quinn, Jason Lafford and his brother Andy Tolley. Photo: Mark Williamson (A65/9/16/9908)

THE Ferry at Alveston has hosted a celebratory event to mark its 150th anniversary as a fully licensed public house.

The family-run pub, in Ferry Lane, marked the milestone by hosting a day-long celebration on Saturday — two days after the official anniversary.

One of the guests was Brian Johnson, who put together an exhibition telling the pub’s story through the years It told how the pub stood on land that was once owned by the Hirons family, who had farmed in the village since 1658.

In 1772 the Alveston Enclosure Act came into force and land was consolidated into larger holdings, with the Hirons being allocated 274 acres.

But records suggest it became less and less useful to the family and the land and buildings were sold several times before the farm house became what was then known as a beer house in 1838 with William Wincote calling himself the publican.

It remained in the Wincote family for several generations and an entry in another local newspaper from 1866 records William’s grandson, John, being granted a spirits licence which meant the beer house became a public house known as the Exchange Inn.

It became the Ferry Inn in 1962. In all there have been 20 landlords and in 2015 it was taken over by brothers Martin and Andy Tolley.

Martin said the celebration went well despite heavy rain putting paid to some of the outdoor events that were planned.

“Everyone was really looking forward to celebrating the anniversary.

“We felt this is a great way of showing off our English country heritage and demonstrating how the country pub is alive and out there to be enjoyed. The rain didn’t help, but that aside it went very well.

“The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in the village were affected by the rain too and we had planned to host some of the races that had to be cancelled then, unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”

Enterprise Inns’ regional manager, Helen Mckenna, added: “It is a remarkable achievement for the Ferry to still be around after 150 years. “As everyone knows, this anniversary means so much to everyone who visits the pub.

“The staff have worked extremely hard when organising the event, so on behalf of Enterprise we’d like to thank them for their hard work.”



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