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The Vanished Pubs of Chester Gallery

cheshire sheafThe Cheshire Sheaf stood at no.79 Boughton, on the corner of Fosbrook Street.

Together with the neighbouring Universal Inn, it was demolished and their sites were until recently occupied by a petrol station. This in turn vanished, leaving a currently-vacant site. The neighbouring Boughton Retail Park was acquired by Waitrose in 2009 and its vast new store opened in November 2014. A pictorial history of the site may be viewed here.

The Sheaf's licencee in 1934 was Mrs M Slavin, from
1937 to 1961, David & Phyills Slyfield.

In August 2014, we received the following fascinating letter regarding the Cheshire Sheaf from reader Gloria Rathbone:

"Charles Cordery was the owner of the pub in Boughton called The Cheshire Sheaf. Initially it was a house and shop, where Charles was a baker and supplier of ‘provisions'. It also became a beerhouse, licensed to sell beer and wine only. Each year Charles applied for a license to sell spirits also, but each year for 18 years he was refused! After he died in 1881 his son, also called Charles Cordery, took over the pub and also applied to sell spirits and he too was refused, despite extending and making changes to the pub interior. In June 1894 he bought the Old Nags Head in Foregate Street and had a manager run the Cheshire Sheaf. Following a dispute between Charles and the manager, Charles sold the Cheshire Sheaf and just kept the Old Nags Head. Charles Jnr was secretary of the Licensed Victuallers' Association. In the early 1900s Charles moved to Bunbury to a pub called The Swan Inn, where he remained until he died, leaving Chester behind.
Charles Cordery junior was married to Sarah Jane Ruscoe, whose parents had the pub in Richmond Place latterly called The Engine House Tavern.
Henry Cordery, son of Charles snr and brother to Charles jnr, was also involved in the trade as he was landlord of the Masonic Arms in Northgate Street from 1890 to 1895. In 1894 Henry was granted a license for two booths on the Roodee for the duration of Chester Races. In 1895 he moved to the (still thriving) Pied Bull, also in Northgate Street.
I have discovered this information on the Corderys as I was researching the Ruscoes, who are my ancestors".

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