The Boat House
Top Left:- circa
Colour Images taken
The "Boat House" is
located along the Colchester Road and was a thriving business providing
river trips and refreshments during the early 1900`s
We know it sold Ginger Beer, as many empty bottles have been recovered
from the river
In 1902 - 1913
Thomas Clarke was registered as "Pleasure Boat prop (The Boat
Thomas and his wife Sarah were both listed as pensioners in the
Tom was known locally as the Ginger Beer man
Mrs Sarah Clarke (nee Bonny) took over from her husband when he
died in March 1913.
She was also registered as "Pleasure Boat prop (The Boat House)"
She carried on
the business at least until 1917 when the last reference to her
was made in the Kelly`s trade directory.
She died in 1920 aged 80
By 1927 - 1937
Arthur Mussett was now listed as the proprietor.
1917 and 1927 the ownership of this business may have changed hands.
It`s not known
when trading ceased
Ginger Beer Dispenser distributed
by Tom Clarke
Dispenser measures 20.5 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide
Acknowledgment to John Manning for the loan of
these pictures .
John who now lives in Holmforth, Yorkshire visited Bures in June
2012 which gave me an opportunity to view this magnificent dispenser.
information on local Ginger Beer dispensers
Sarah Clarke (nee Bonny) had a sister named
Martha was married to Charles Alleston (jnr)
Martha (now Alleston) lived in River House and Sarah the Boat House.
Charles Alleston father was Charles Alleston
(Snr) who married Martha (nee Bonny)
Charles (snr) came from a family of 12, the majority working in the Tannery
Martha had a sister Sarah who married Tom Clark, both living at the Boat
Charles Snr and Martha moved to London
leaving Charles (jnr) to live with Martha`s sister Sarah at the Boat House
Charles(jnr) moved into River House when
he was 18/19, presumably married to Emily (nee Pettit)
He attended Sudbury Grammar School, travelling by pony there and back
Emily was born in Stratford St Mary and then moved to Bures Hall
Boating was very popular during the early 1900, so they decided to build
a boathouse where they used to hire boats out. They also produced Ginger
Beer and Tom used to deliver this to the local pubs in his horse and cart.
Was Harry Clark the Night
Soil man, the son of Tom ?