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Katie posted..

My mother was born upstairs in the Grove Inn in 1920. Her father John Bowden was the licensee. He had taken over the pub from my Great Grandmother widow Agnes Shallcross formerly Bowden nee Hamilton.

My Great Grandfather John Thomas Bowden was Licensee of The Crescent, a little pub in Disley where my grandfather was born.   He was Licensee there from 1873 to 1890 when he died. My Great Grandmother ran The Crescent until it was decided a man should hold the license.

She left to move to the Grove Inn as a widow leaving her eldest son and daughter at The Crescent.

Unfortunately the Hazel Grove Council took the same attitude and she married John Thomas Shallcross to keep her license though he took no interest in the Grove Inn.

Two older siblings of my grandfather had a double wedding from the Grove Inn and his youngest sister Sarah Ethel Bowden married Thomas Ball whose family kept the Grapes Hotel and after marriage she and her new husband ran it.   Her husband Thomas died of TB. and she remarried like her mother to keep her license.

When my Great grandmother was dying she got my grandfather to marry their barmaid Alice who lived around the corner on Grosvenor Street as Alice was a hard worker.

My great grandmother moved in to the Grapes Hotel to be nursed by her daughter and she died there. The Grapes Hotel took in short term guests mostly business representatives and agents.

Unfortunately in the late twenties my grandfather went broke and went back into the labour market.

I have only been in the Grove Inn once years ago.   I wish I had gone more often.

I was told no one went on to the second floor as it was unsafe to do so.

Kathryn nee Baines (Katie)