The Greyhound, Mill Road

In 1762, Boxted acquired its second public house, a beerhouse named The Greyhound, halfway along Mill Road. The property was said to have been occupied by a Timothy White-ear, a carriage builder. As a result of his occupation the pub was sometimes referred to as “The Carpenter’s Arms”. Timothy White-ear started the business as the first landlord brewing his beer in the end section of his wheelwright’s shop.

Beer differed from ale in that it was flavoured with hops while ale had a longer fermentation period producing a stronger brew.

Beer for the unemployed

It is said that White-ear started the pub because of the large number of unemployed men – mostly weavers – who came to watch him at work building his carts and carriages, hoping he would employ them. Knowing that these ex-weavers had some money he thought he could open his beerhouse and make a profit from selling them beer. At least he would get them out of his workshop.

It is thought that The Greyhound closed in about 1848 when the then occupant bought a nearby smallholding and transferred the pub business there, further down Mill Road, calling it “Thatcher’s”.