Windsor pubs history index
Two Hope Inns are listed for Windsor (though I'm wondering if
they're connected) one of which is well thriving. On a History of Windsor Pubs
by Tony Bowra (on the RWWS and other sites) he mentions a Hope Inn on "Frogmore
Road" which crosses crown land these days but once apparently was a road through
to the next town along - Old Windsor. The forum was contacted by a relative (her
g.g.g. grandfather I think!) called Charles Byles. He was apparently there
from 1847 to 1852 when the road was closed and a new public road built to
provide the town link. The pub obviously closed too but apparently it and the
road are still there, if you can access crown land.
Tony Bowra wrote this about the Frogmore Hope Inn: "Between 1837 and 1842, The Hope Inn in Frogmore Road saw the landlord hosting many civic events entertaining local gentry as well as Royalty. The owner Mr Byles would not have known that the Inns very existence was threatened by the closure of the road to the public with the coming of the railway." - and - "My research then turned up a strange road that I could not locate initially on any map. Frogmore Road indicated that The Hope Inn was situated there, run by a Charles Byles. This road ceased to exist in 1850 when the road system was re-aligned via Albert Road, leading to Old Windsor. The old road and the house itself can still be seen today if one has access to Crown Land.".
As you can see, not much is known about it, but it seems to have been that way, with lots of comings and goings in the C19th - although usually with the poorer watering holes not usually those with a posher clientele like this one. **
Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Berkshire. The Berkshire listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1840/Charles Byles/../../../Robsons Directory ***
1841/Charles Byles/Publican/40/Not Berks/Census ***
1841/Anne Byles/../40/Not Berks/Census
1841/Frederick Byles/../10/Not Berks/Census
1841/Amelia Byles/../6/Not Berks/Census
1841/Edward Byles/../10 months/Berks/Census
1841/Charles Short/Male Servant/20/Berks/Census
1841/Lot Short/Male Servant/35/Not Berks/Census
1841/Caroline Hackett/Female Servant/15/Not Berks/Census
1841/Mary Atfield/Female Servant/15/Not Berks/Census
1844/Charles Byles/../../../Pigots Directory ***
1847/Charles James Byles/../../../Post Office Directory ***
1852/Charles Byles/../../../Slaters Directory ***
** Provided By Colin Ager
*** Provided By Hazel Austin
**** Provided By Kevan