Women were massively repressed throughout the Victorian period but that didn’t stop them visiting pubs or becoming landladies. They weren’t averse to trouble either, including Mary Payne who could only manage a year in the job.
Shrewsbury Chronicle – Friday 05 April 1901
“Martha Braddick, The Quay, Frankwell, was charged with assaulting Mary Payne, landlady of the Plough Inn, Frankwell, on the 23rd March. At about ten o’clock at night the defendant came into her house and used very bad language towards her, and also threw a half-pint glass at her, this striking her in the face below her left eye. She had seen defendant then same evening about 7.30 when they had a slight altercation.”
Mary apparently owed Martha money.
“[The] Defendant denied deliberately the throwing the glass , and said the complainant picked up a glass herself, and was about to throw it at her when she put out her hand and knocked it back into her face.” – The Bench fined the defendant 21s including costs.”
It seems March that year was a tough month for Mary. Just two weeks beforehand she’d been caught serving beer to two men who were very drunk. She said she hadn’t realised they were in a state and would removed them. One collapsed as he tried to leave, and was lifted out. The other flat-out refused leave and he was wrestled from the premises.
Both were later summoned and fined.
Sgt Binnall, went back to see Mary to ask her why she’d allowed two drunken men in her pub, which was an offence. She gave him some cheek, so he reported her and she found herself in the dock and was fined.
1901 was Mary’s first and last year as landlady. She’d taken over in May 1900 on the promise her soldier husband would take over the running when he returned from service abroad. When the license was handed to someone else in August, Binnall said the place under Pain was badly run and he’d continuously been called to the Plough Inn because Mary had been beating her husband and getting drunk.