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A flavour of life in Hungerford in the Victorian period can be gleaned from the Obituary of Mr Enos Price, who ran a coaching business to Hungerford in the mid 19th century. There is also an article entitled "Reminiscent of the Old Coaching Days", relating to Enos' older brother Zebedee Price.

Jim Wildhaber kindly added by email (March 2011):

"You might like to have the attached photograph of Enos Price which was taken towards the end of his life.

His obituary is misleading in that it gives the impression that he retired immediately after giving up farming. There was a gap of 20 to 25 years in between.

In 1877 he was living in Hungerford and was "Goods Agent for Great Western and Hants & Berks Extension".

Photo Gallery:

Enos Price
Enos Price

Enos Price (Kindly sent by Jim Wildhaber)

- Enos Price (Kindly sent by Jim Wildhaber)

In 1879 he was living in High Street, Hungerford, with the occupation of innkeeper. My mother told us that her grandfather had, at one time, been the licensee of the Craven Arms in which case his tenure can only have been for a very short time as by the 1881 census he was living in London. [Jim Wildhaber confirmed in Apr 2014 that Enos only held the license for the Craven Arms from 5 September 1878 (Reading Mercury 7th September 1878) to 10th June 1880 (id. 12 June 1880)]. (It is possible that this was where he lost his license for serving watered gin. It appears that his wife liked her tipple and used to replace what she had taken with water so that Enos didn't know that she was helping herself to the stock.)

He was still in London in 1891, but by 1895 he was at the Bruce's Arms, Easton Royal, and his occupation was given as "Innkeeper and Coach Proprietor" (Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire for 1895, Page 101). The Z Price in the other article is his older brother Zebedee."

See also:

- Obituary of Mr Enos Price - who ran a coaching business to Hungerford in the mid 19th century.

- Coaching in Hungerford

- 111 High Street