|Drinking in Britain has always been part of our culture from earliest times. Some of our sayings evolve from drinking practices e.g. "to take someone down a peg or two". This originates from 975 when King Edgar decreed that drinking vessels in alehouses be of a standard size i.e. the "pottle" (which was four pints) and that each pottle should be sub-divided into eight parts by means of pegs set inside the tankard. No-one was to drink down further than one peg at a sitting. This naturally was seen as a challenge to try and drink more than one peg's worth - hence " to take each other down a peg or two".
Our social history of the Crick pubs covers only what we have learnt through interviews and how it has evolved over the last sixty years. One of the most surprising facts to surface is that it is only recently (within the last thirty years ) that the pubs have been able to support a family. Normally the wife would run the pub while the husband would have a job elsewhere.
For example,George Fox's father, who ran the , also shod horses , particularly the barge horses. While the boats were manually pushed through the Crick Tunnel; the horses were disconnected and walked up Boat Horse Lane to the forge. They were shod and then led up Watford Road to meet the boat at the other end of the tunnel.
The licence for the hostelries were in the husband's name. This was the legal requirement.
Another interesting fact is the decrease in the number of pubs from seven to four in the last seventy years. This may explain why each of the working pubs of today can now support a family (excluding the which is run by a committee.)