Welham Green's Hope and Anchor will reopen

Talks underway to secure pub's future


The Hope And Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green - August 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
The Hope and Anchor - August 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

There had been fears that the Hope and Anchor on Station Road, Welham Green had closed, with rumours circulating on social media that the last pint had been pulled at the Grade II listed North Mymms pub.

But Ei Group, who own the building, have confirmed that they are not looking to close the pub, but are working with the current tenant to ensure the 19th century inn continues to serve beer as it has for 180 years.

New hope for the Hope and Anchor


The Hope and Anchor - November 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons
The Hope and Anchor - November 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project, released under Creative Commons

According to the Ei Group Regional Manager, Richard Smyth, negotiations are underway with the current tenant, Roy Butcher, regarding the future of the Hope and Anchor, and it's hoped the pub will be open and trading again as soon as possible.

Historical local pub


Our history site, the North Mymms History Project, has several features about the pub which has been known as both the Hope & Anchor and the Hope and Anchor.

It was first referred to as a beer house in 1838 when the landlord, James Hutson, who was also a shop-keeper and church organist, paid the North Mymms bell-ringers in beer. The following is from chapter five of the book Victorian Lives in North Mymms, entitled "Publicans In The Community".
"The bell ringing connection with the church was transferred from the Maypole to James Hutson at the Hope & Anchor, in 1849 - "Hutson for 6 days ringing £1 16s 0d." It was strengthened by his ability as organist for which service the churchwardens paid him £5 a year for some years. The connection of both kinds ended by 1852. It is a moot point whether this happened because Hutson gave up the beershop soon after, being over sixty five, or whether the growth of temperance views in the church was responsible. The evangelical group in the Church of England began to turn towards teetotalism."
The Hope and Anchor is listed by Historic England as:
"Public House. C17 timber frame. Roughcast. Plain tile steep pitched roof. 1 storey and attics. 3 gabled dormers with glazing bar casements, the gables with old moulded wood brackets. 2 8/8-pane flush sash windows on left. External chimney stack on tile hung left gable end in vitrified red brick. It has 2 square shafts at the top joined by a small arch. Centre bay of interior retains chamfer stopped beam and fireplace lintel. Single storey C19 rear extension to centre with C20 additions on right."

The history of the Hope and Anchor in pictures



The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green, August 25, 1915  Photograph by G Knott from the Images of North Mymms collection
The Hope and Anchor - 1900s
Photograph by G Knott from the Images of North Mymms collection

The Hope and Anchor - in the 1930s  Photograph by A. Matthews from the Images of North Mymms collection
The Hope and Anchor - in the 1930s
Photograph by A. Matthews from the Images of North Mymms collection

The Hope and Anchor in the 1950s  Photograph by B.H. Warne, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
The Hope and Anchor in the 1950s
Photograph by B.H. Warne, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green, in the 1960s  Image by Ron Kingdon, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
The Hope and Anchor in the 1960s
Image by Ron Kingdon, part of the Images of North Mymms collection

The Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Welham Green, in the 1970s  Postcard from the Peter Miller Collection
The Hope and Anchor in the 1970s
Postcard from the Peter Miller Collection
The Hope and Anchor in the 1980s  Photograph by H. Baker, part of the Images of North Mymms collection
The Hope and Anchor in the 1980s
Photograph by H. Baker, part of the Images of North Mymms collection




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