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Ennever & Enever family history & ancestry. Click here to return to the home page WJ Ennever (1869-1947). From the portrait by J Seymour R.A., exhibited in the Royal Academy.

Kings Head, West Street, Rochford, Essex

Kings Head, West Street, Rochford, Essex



 



Tree: 1. Essex Ennevers
Notes: The deed of 1739 show that the Kings Head was once a part of the manor court held by John Offord. Until around 1793 it was called the Blue Boar. It was originally a coaching Inn.
The Whispering Court, so the story goes, originates from the night the Lord of the Manor, returning home late one night, heard whispering. He listened and heard some of his tenant farmers planning to kill him. As a penalty, he summoned them to attend the Whispering Post each year at midnight on the first Wednesday after Michaelmas, which was the lawless hour. The tenants names were whispered and if they failed to respond, they were heavily fined. Before the meeting, a feast took place at the Kings Head. Between 10 and 15 men sat down to a meal of boiled fowl, a leg of mutton with caper sauce, vegetables, plum pudding, apple tart and sweets. After supper a huge bowl of sweet punch was served and a silver spoon which contained a King George II silver coin. This steaming potion consisted of rum, brandy, port, sherry, shrub, spruce, hot water, lemon and sugar galore. After a toast to the Queen, the "revelry began and hilarity prevailed". Afterwards they made their way to the Whispering Post where the court took place. Then they returned to the Kings Head where another bowl of punch awaited them.

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Latitude: 51.5773223, Longitude: 0.6990845



Census

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   Last name, First name(s)    Census    Person ID 
1 OFFORD, John  1 Jun 1841Kings Head, West Street, Rochford, Essex I1331

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   Last name, First name(s)    Occupation    Person ID 
1 OFFORD, John  1841Kings Head, West Street, Rochford, Essex I1331
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