Douglas Rudlin first book to be published is now available. Its title is The Life and Times of the Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses of Witney, Oxfordshire.

Have you ever wondered what the social life in the pubs of Witney was like long ago? From the obvious to the not so obvious this book will give you a taste of life in the pubs. Long before cars, television and the Internet the pub really was the hub of the community. It was the place where people went to socialise and to catch up with all the news and gossip. From births, marriages and deaths, change of landlord to crime, inquests into cause of death and the sale of brewing equipment and household goods the newspapers of old tell it all. You will also be able to discover who the landlords were who ran the pubs through the years. From a few months to a whole lifetime and longer.

It’s the culmination of a lot of research into the social side of the pubs in Witney. It would make a lovely Christmas present and can be purchased online at, search for 23852548. The book costs £9.99 plus p&p. Alternatively you can purchase the book from him at £10. Douglas Rudlin (07929 842893)

Remember also that Douglas has put a lot of information about village pubs on Stonesfield website.

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