hanging basket hanging basket left The Coat of Arms of Butcher Cumberland

The Butchers Arms


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Cumbria Tourism Awards 2013 Logo, the Butcher’s Arms was a Finalist for Tourism Pub of the Year.

The Butchers Arms was Finalist for Tourism Pub of The Year 2013!

 A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BUTCHERS ARMS CROSBY RAVENSWORTH  

kindly compiled by Ted Relph. (First draft )

 (The Arms are of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland 1721 -1765)

The first recorded landlord was Henry Ward, born at Fell Gate in 1773, married Rebecca Dixon, and became Innkeeper at the Butchers Arms, but he died in 1810, aged just 37. His widow later remarried and as Rebecca Richardson continued as the Landlady until 1842.

The next occupier was a John Loy, but though he died in 1849, his widow, Catherine Loy continued to run the pub for about 20 years. During her time, in 1853, the house was rebuilt by M &A.E. (Note these initials over the front door) which is understood to have been the Ewebank family, who were owners for many years. Before her marriage, Catherine Loy had been a Dodd from Harberwain and her mother, Mrs. Dodd, was living with her at the pub in 1861, when they had 3 stone masons as boarders, making with Cath’s two daughters, a household of 8. The masons would be involved in re-building the church. Mrs. Loy remained until at least 1868, as the workmen building the bridge where you turn left for Harberwain in that year refreshed  themselves with ale from from Catherine Loy’s when the bridge was completed. Cath Loy continued living in retirement in the village until 1910, when she was 95.

Further research is needed to discover who came here after Cath retired. In 1873 and 74 Matthew Buckle and William Langley are described as Innkeepers  in the Parish register, but as no address is given, either or both of them could have been at The Sun Hotel, opposite the Church of St.Lawrence.


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Portrait of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, son of George II in oil by Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723 – 1792) popular in the  Scottish lowlands and  Cumbria, less so in the Highlands.

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