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The Hero Inn: publican Ernest Holding and family, with a man in uniform, possibly 1916

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The Hero Inn: publican and family group, with a man in army uniform, possibly a sergeant. According to Colin Morley, the publican is Ernest Houldin with his wife Alice and daughters Winifred (pigtails) and Marjorie (with bow). The lady on Marjorie's left is quite possibly Alice's mother Annie Maria Smith.

The pub sign says "PRHA" for the People's Refreshment House Association Ltd. According to http://www.norfolkpubs.co.uk/norfolks/stanhoe/stanhnh.htm, the PRHA held the licence in 1912 and 1916.

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  • Charles - Sunday 27 March 2016 18:50
    It seems from this reference: http://www.battleofprestonpans1745.org/prestonpans/html/press/experiments/chapter03.html that the PRHA was running the Hero in 1900, so the date range for this photo is probably wider than I'd thought.

    The PRHA (1897 to 1962) sounds a sensible – if paternalistic – organisation that sought to reduce drunkenness by requiring its managers to sell non-alcoholic drinks as cheaply as beer, and to provide food. In 1907 its president was the Bishop of Chester.
  • Charles - Sunday 27 March 2016 18:14
    @Max Breeze: thank you. The list of publicans I referred to in the comment below has James Brown listed for the years 1929–1937, so that's consistent with what you know.
  • Charles - Sunday 27 March 2016 18:12
    @Colin Morley: a belated thank you! The sign says "PRHA" for the People's Refreshment House Association Ltd, so if the list of licensees at http://www.norfolkpubs.co.uk/norfolks/stanhoe/stanhnh.htm is correct then this would be 1912 or more likely 1916 (though the gaps in the dates are odd, and imply that the pub closed at times). I presume Mr Houldin would have been the PRHA's manager.
  • Max Breeze - Saturday 26 March 2016 14:07
    My paternal grandmother Emma Hendry came from Stanhoe and relations of hers ran the Norfolk Hero in the 1920's/1930's (I'm not sure of the exact dates. So far as I know their names were Jim & Pattie Brown but I've been unable to find out anything about them. If anybody knows anything I'd love to hear from you.
  • Colin Morley - Tuesday 28 June 2011 06:42
    Publican Ernest Houldin with wife Alice and daughters Winifred (pigtails) and Marjorie (with bow). The lady on Marjorie's left is quite possibly Alice's mother, Annie Maria Smith born Middlesex in 1853. Other folk pictured are unknown.