The history of The Jolly Miller

In 1837 Victoria, at the tender age of 18, becomes Queen when her Uncle King William 1V dies. Charles Darwin is home from his long voyage of discovery on the HMS Beagle.

In September 1840, the pub was advertised for sale at auction. Described as farmhouse with extensive stabling, large granaries, barn, coach-house, brew-house, garden, paddock, fold-yard, stack-yard and dovecote.

In 1841 William Knapton aged 55 and his wife Ann and family are living at the premises. In 1841 ownership passing from W. Knapton to Mrs Susanna Nicholson. The records tell us that in 1831 that 742 people lived in Wrawby. In 1861 population was 1257 including Thomas Atkinson aged 50 who is described as a Chelsea Pensioner. 1901 the population was 703. 1842 saw the National School being built in the village.

From the mid 1800's the Patterson/Robbs family take ownership. Dr Patterson was the surgeon in the Market Place in Brigg. Letitia Robbs was Dr Patterson's widowed daughter who had moved to Grantham on her marriage to Dr Robbs in 1868. Mrs Letitia Robbs bought the Inn in 1883. Bought for £500. Included in the price was the Grey Mare Inn, 4 tenements (later made into 2), 3 cottages, yards barns, stables, outbuilding, orchard, garden and croft. This was about the time or shortly after the pub started to be know as The White Horse Inn.

While the Americans were fighting among themselves with their civil war, back her in Wrawby, customers and even landlords were not squeaky clean and it was reported in a local newspaper in 1861 that Thomas Andrew, bear house keeper, Wrawby, was charged by the police with drunkenness. Fined 5 shillings plus costs. Again Thomas was in trouble and fined again 5 shillings in 1870 for being drunk in Brigg. Mr Andrew was a local farmer, who also ran the beer house with his wife Mary and family.

August 1888 customers Vessey and Smith were caught dealing in stolen goods in the yard of The White Horse Inn . Mr Thomas Andrew was the landlord at the time. Mrs Letitia Robbs leased it on a 7 year lease in 1894 for £35.00 a year and the adjoining cottages to A M & E Sergeant + Co Ltd. This company registered office was stated as Brewery Brigg (and later as Tower Brewery, Pasture Street, Grimsby). Mr Thomas Andrew still was the landlord. By now he is a widow and his son-in-law David Holderness, a carpenter, Maria Thomas's daughter and their daughter Lilian are living with him. Also Harriet Vickers a granddaughter of Thomas is living there as a general servant.

Mr James Williams Whiting was the landlord by the turn of the century as he was mentions in the 1901 census as an Inn keeper. In 1922 A M & E Sergeant take a 21 year lease on the premises including the cottages at £45 a year from Mrs L Robbs. In 1929, after the death of Mrs L Robbs, A M & E Sergeant purchased the inn and the cottages with yards, barns and stables. In 1930 Mr Fred Marshall was the landlord.

In 1935 there were plans for a Wrawby By-pass. It was to cut through the middle of The White Horse grounds, from west to east.. In 1937 correspondence states that the proposed by-pass would be further away from the property.

In recent years the Inn has been called The Jolly Miller, then Jollies and back to the Jolly Miller. AM & E Sergeant passed ownership to the Bass Ltd in 1970. The pub was renamed to be called The Jolly Miller Inn. Bass Holdings Ltd sold the pub to Century Inns Ltd, it was known at this point as Jollies Public House. Enterprise Holdings then took ownership at the turn of the century and reverted back to the name of The Jolly Miller. There have been many landlords/landlady's over the recent years, Mr and Mrs Mumby (the landlady being known as Ada to many), Mr Jarratt, Mr and Mrs Gibson, Mr and Mrs Howard and Mr and Mrs Wilks.

2014 being the present days, the Inn has been transformed bringing new life to The Jolly Miller. The present owner being Mr MJ Godfrey now has the task of managing the Inn and making his mark in history.

Information gathered from: Census records, newspaper archives, local residents, company paperwork. Without prejudice. All information believed to be correct.