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The Old Nag's Head (now a branch of Boots the Chemist)

The Old Nag's Head, nos 47 & 49 Foregate Street, was owned in 1787-88 by Aaron Miller, who unfortunately went bankrupt. According to a notice in Adams’s Weekly Courant (1st January 1788):

"To be sold by Auction, By order of the Assignees of Aaron Miller, a Bankrupt, at the Nag’s-head Inn, in the City of Chester, on Monday the 7th Day of January, 1788, at six o’Clock in the Evening, subject to such Conditions as shall be produced. ALL that well known and accustomed INN, called The Nag’s-head, situate on the North Side of Foregate-street, in the said City, with the Brewhouse, Stables, and Appurtenances thereunto belonging; now in the Occupation of John Hammond".

This inn was listed in Cowdroy's Directory in 1789, when the licencee was Mr J Walley. The licencee in 1850 was William Birmingham, in 1857 W Sandfield, in 1880 Joseph Rydings, in 1914 George William Walker, in 1910 H E Ostle.

The Old Nag’s Head had been bought by Peter Walker in 1905 and transferred within Allied Breweries to Ind Coope (West Midlands) in 1965. The Polletti family ran the pub around this time. We'd love to know more about them. It closed in the 1970s. Today, the building's fine carved wooden facade thankfully survives, but the old pub itself, together with the lane behind it, Crown Court with its cottages and industrial premises, have all vanished beneath the extensive premises of Boots the Chemist.

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carvings on old nag's head

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