The Prince of Wales beerhouse

After Chapel St, a cottage and then…
The Prince of Wales in Bath Street (which) was a very small public house.

The Prince of Wales beerhouse on Bath Street was at the south corner of Chapel Street and Bath Street, and was there until the late 1940’s at least.
In 1871 this was 93 Bath Street.
In 1960 permission was finally granted to demolish the pub premises, the shop next door and six houses in Chapel Street (numbers 135 to 140 inclusive) to build a new supermarket.

The landlord was Mr. Green.

Born in 1820 John Green was a son of labourer and army pensioner John and Rebecca (nee Palmer) and worked initially as a silk dyer in Nottingham.
By 1861 he was the landlord at the Sir John Warren Inn, Old Street, Nottingham with his second wife Ann (nee Hodson or Hodgson) whom he had married in March 1855. She was a daughter of Nottingham fell monger Robert and Mary (nee Reeder?).
About 1862 John and Ann moved to the Noah’s Ark Inn in the Morledge, Derby, before eventually coming to the Prince of Wales beerhouse in Ilkeston with daughter Emmaline (not Arabella) and son John junior.
In 1866 the beerhouse keeper was declared bankrupt. At that time John had debts of £183 9s 6d and no assets. It appears that his mother Rebecca then took over responsibility for the inn.
In the following year at Ilkeston Petty Sessions John was representing his mother who was accused of allowing gaming with skittles at her beerhouse. He pleaded guilty on her behalf but bemoaned the fact that customers couldn’t enjoy themselves as they liked. The police however had accumulated many complaints of gaming at this particular beerhouse, although this was Rebecca’s first conviction – hence a fine of 6d and costs.

In the Spring of 1869 the beerhouse was up for sale.

(Mr. Green) had one daughter and a son.

Arabella was housekeeper
Emmaline – not Arabella — married Enoch Knighton, coalminer son of Frederick and Maria (nee Duro) of Awsworth Road, in September 1872.

John, who married Eliza Smith of Mount Street, was in the business. 
John’s wife did not live very long after her marriage. 

John junior married Eliza Smith, daughter of lace designer and framesmith William Bennett Smith and Hannah Eliza (nee Fox) in April 1879, but she died less than a year later – March 1880 — in Chesterfield, having just given birth to daughter Eliza Ann.  She was returned to Ilkeston to be buried in Stanton Road Cemetery.

John senior died at his inn in October 1880, aged 59, ‘much respected’; his wife Ann died on June 12th 1883 also at her Prince of Wales home, aged 63.

The beerhouse was then for a short time in the hands of John junior and his second wife, Kate (nee Sadler).
After John’s second marriage in January 1884 his daughter Eliza Ann had gone to live with her aunt Ann (nee Smith) the wife of gardener Thomas Floyd.

In April 1886 the licence passed from John junior to John Moore.

The Prince of Wales about 1960, just before demolition 


Chapel Street is at the top (right) of this map (c1880) and we are now walking up Bath Street from the Prince of Wales towards Smith’s Yard. On the left of the map you can see the steps up to the Primitive Methodist Chapel.

At Smith’s Yard — until 1861 — lived young George Clay Smith.