All the King's Horses...
Return of billets issued to the yeomanry between May 1860 and May 1862. This is a list of a hundred inns in Stafford, with the names of each landlord, and the total number of men and horses billeted by each. A note is also made as to which housed officers, the majority of whom were billeted in the more exclusive surroundings of the Swan Hotel.
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This is therefore an excellent source for the history of public houses and their landlords in Stafford, as well as supplying information about the movements of the yeomanry. An accompanying document of the same date shows what accommodation can be offered to the Staffordshire Yeomanry for a future eight-day period. These billets must have had a down-side. Only two years earlier local residents signed a complaint about the manure from one of these inns affecting neighbouring houses.
Some lists of Staffordshire Yeomanry survive in this collection as part of the arrangements for the celebrations for their safe return from the Boer War. There are also telegrams reporting the progress of the troop ships, posters requesting bunting in the streets and the ringing of church bells, and arrangements with local schools for a half-day school holiday.
Staffordshire Record Office: D1323/T/1/19
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