Old Photos of Witham

The Albert P.H., close-up of front with figurehead

Taken: 1911 to 1934, perhaps nearer to 1911, Ref: M2848

The Albert (2 Chipping Hill), a close-up of the front with the figurehead. A sign reading ‘The Albert. Shrimp Brand Beers’.

The Albert and the Grange (4 Chipping Hill) are on the site where the Knights Templars, and then the Hospitallers, had a chapel and farm buildings till the 1500s.The Albert became a pub in 1842 (renamed The Railway after a fire in about 2015).

Standing in front is a ship’s figurehead of an African chief. It was brought from London by innkeeper George Best in the 1870s (some thought it insulted Prince Albert).
For more about the Albert, see the Articles category, number 33.

Date taken1911 to 1934, perhaps nearer to 1911
SourceAskins, John, (lived in Switzerland). His forbears ran the Albert earlier in 20th century
Posted on Full size 1264 × 969

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