|Accounts for food and drink at the Four Crosses Inn, Hatherton,
©Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service
This was one of the largest coaching inns in the county, situated on Watling Street (now the A5). The account book was very much a working document, kept up by the landlord. It shows the purchase of a wide range of drink, tobacco and horse feed, as welll as more general household provisions supplied locally, including frequent deliveries of fresh butter.
Some dates record the number of visitors, dinners or beds, for example: Coursing, 21 dinners; Tythe Rent Dinner, 17 dinners, ale & liquors, tobacco and cigars, horses hay and corn; Canal Company 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 3 teas, 3 beds, horses, 20 gal & 3 qts ale, waiter). Individual guests are also sometimes named.