A group of ladies outside the Merry Bells in 1908

  • Oxford drinks map
Archive Notes:

A group of women members of the Women's Wednesday Afternoon Group in 1908 (not the opening of the Merry Bells)

Back Row Left to Right: Mrs Putt, Mrs R Gomm, N/K, Mrs Nash, Mrs Summers, Mrs Dungey, N/K, Mrs J Munt, Mrs Life

Second Row Left to Right: Mrs Edward Tombs (Great-Grandmother), Mrs Gould, Rose Tombs (Great Aunt), Mrs Knight, Mrs Hilsdon or Mrs Whiting, Mrs Davis, Mrs Rose Pym (Great-great Aunt), Mrs Smith, N/K, Mrs Shorter

Third Row: Widow Hilsdon, Mrs Caroline East (midwife), Mrs Goodin, Mary Pym (Third cousin), Mr Henry Atherton (Manager of The Merry Bells - Temperance Hotel), Mrs Atherton, N/K, Mrs Barlow, Mrs Powell, Mrs Brazil, Mrs Mills.

Front Row Left to Right: Mrs J Washington. Mrs White. Mrs Bartlett. Mrs East. N/K. Annie Munt

It is speculated that the building of this Temperance building stemmed from the Oxford Temperance movement as shown in one of the attachments with a copy of the Oxford drinks map also.

According to Kellys Directory of 1895 and 1899, Joseph Gould was then the manager. In 1911 George James Silvester was the manager.

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