Many people may wonder how on earth one spends nine years researching and writing a book on a subject such as The Inns and Alehouses of a town. Writing a local history book is not like writing a novel where one can dream up anything. Historical literature has to be as accurate and true as possible. As time passes, the experience that the researcher gains generates a more logical and believable account; it is his obligation to justify his interpretation. Gathering information and translating it into feasible documentation becomes a necessity, sometimes one small aspect of information may take days to unravel, but when accomplished the researcher experiences an extremely satisfying Eureka Moment making it all worthwhile. The shear amount of information has resulted in the compilation of two books.
THROUGH THE SOUTH GATE ( INSIDE THE ANCIENT TOWN WALLS )
The journey begins at the Green Bridge moving north to pass through the South Gate into the ancient town where it meanders through all of the streets that ever enjoyed the presence of a drinking establishment, eventually reaching the North Gate. Generally a photograph of each building is followed by a description and changes that took place to its construction and name. A comprehensive date list of licensees follows, stating where they came from and where they went to. Who the owners were. A short narrative about every Inn sign completes each building. Why would a pub be named the Anchor or Dolphin when Stafford is 70 miles from the sea, or even the Cheshire Cheese?
THROUGH THE NORTH GATE ( OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT TOWN WALLS )
The journey continues along Foregate until it reaches the parish of Creswell before returning to the town and on to Doxey. After Castletown it ventures into the villages of Milford, Brocton, Acton, Hyde Lea, Bradley and Haughton before returning to the Green Bridge.