The Anchor

Western Road



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This building was built before 1841 as part of the development of the West End of Tring  and is recorded as being occupied by the Barber family until about 1895. It was definitely a beer house in 1851, but its position on the "new" Aylesbury Road (now Western Road) meant it was in a good position to attract passing travellers and it may well have been a beer house from when it was constructed.

Subsequent publicans prior to the 2nd World War were William Wells, Mrs Mary Wells, William Andrews and Samuel John Nightingale. The brewers have been John Holland of Wendover, Rodwell of Tring, Benskin of Watford, Ind Coope and Greene King.


The Anchor Public House, Tring, Prior to 1936

1841 census

George Barber was listed as 35 year old weaver in New Street, West End, Tring.

[Comparing 1841 & 1851 census returns suggests he was in the same house. It is possible that he was a beer house keeper as well as a weaver.]

1851 census

George Barber listed as Beer Shop Keeper in Aylesbury Road, Tring. Household includes daughter Sarah 25 and son Alfred 20.

1861 census

George Barber listed as Cotton Weaver and Beer Shop Keeper at 25 Aylesbury Road, Tring

1866 directory

George Barber, beer retailer, Western Road, Tring

1871 census

George Barber was listed as a 68 year old Linen Weaver living in Western Road

1878 directory

George Barber, beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1879 death

Death of George Barber, 74, registered at Berkhamsted, April/June 1879

1881 census

Lydia Barber, widow, 76, listed as Publican, 24 Western Road, Tring

Alfred Barber, of 25 Western Road, Tring, is listed as a omnibus driver.

1882 directory

George Barber, Beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

[i.e. Mrs George Barber - entry not updated from 1878]

1886 directory

Alfred Barber, Beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1890 directory

Alfred Barber, Beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1891 census

Alfred Barber, beer house keeper, was at The Anchor, Western Road, Tring

Lydia Barber (85) living with grandson Alfred Ernest Randall & wife Clara Ellen nee Green (married 1885) in nearby Henry Street. (FreeBMD)

1891 news

At Tring, on the 12th inst., Lydia widow of George Barber, aged 86 years. (Bucks Herald, 20th June, 1891.)

1891 news

DEATHS: At the West Herts Infirmary, Hemel Hempstead, on the 26th September, Alfred Barber, of Tring, aged 60 years. (Bucks Herald, 3rd October, 1891)

1893 news Licensing. - Transfers were made as follows:- ... Jane Barber, to the Anchor, Tring; ... (Bucks Herald, 17th June, 1893)
1895 directory

Mrs Jane Barber, Beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1901 census

William Wells, Publican, 25 Western Road, Tring

Jane Barber, widow, was living on her own at 48 King Street, Tring

1902 news

In 1902 The Anchor Inn, Tring, was part of the small brewery estate of James Holland of Wendover (Brewers in Hertfordshire) and was sold, freehold, by auction in 1902 (Bucks Herald, 24 May, 1902) and became part of Rodwell's Brewery, Tring (Brewers in Hertfordshire).

1909 deaths

Death of Jane Barber, 77, recorded at Berkhamsted in Oct/Dec 1909

1909 news

Death of Mr. W. Wells. - The death occurred on Wednesday, 27th [October] of Mr. William Wells, for some years licensee of the Anchor public-house, in the Western-road [Tring]. Mr. Wells has been in failing health for the past two years, and during the last few months has been affected by dropsy. He was 54 years of age. The funeral took place on Monday last [1st November] at the New Cemetery, the first part of the Burial Office being said at St Martha's Church. (Bucks Herald, 6th November, 1909)

1911 census

Mrs Mary Wells, Licensed Victualler, Anchor Inn, Western Road, Tring

1912, 1914 & 1917 directories

Mrs Mary Wells, beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1922 directory

William Andrews, beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring


The Anchor was sold to Benskin's Brewery, Watford, in 1925 (Brewers in Hertfordshire)

1926, 1929 & 1932 directories

Samuel John Nightingale, beer retailer, 25 Western Road, Tring

1936 directory

Anchor P. H. (Samuel John Nightingale) 73 Western Road, Tring

1938 death

The death of Samuel J E Nightingale, 60, registered at Berkhamsted Jan/March 1938


Transferred to Ind Coope, and later Greene King. It now sells Tring Brewery beer.

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