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Beaconsfield Inventories: The Crown, The Saracen's Head
 
The following two inventories list the contents of two of Beaconsfield's premier coaching inns, the Crown and the Saracen's Head, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They are clearly were large establishments, well furnished, with each room having a pretentious name suggesting the grandure of larger inns in London


The Crown

1669    Marriage Settlement Lawrence Rutt & Mary Browne DX 776/11

Further the said Michael Rutt for the consideration aforesaid doth grant bargain and sell to the said William Penn Edward Baldwin and John Browne their executors and assigns all the goods household stuff and implements of household of him the said Michael Rutt being in and about the messuage or inn called the Crowne situate in Beaconsfield now in the occupation of the said Lawrence Rutt or his assigns all which said goods are likewise in the custody and use of him the said Lawrence Rutt and are particularly mentioned in a schedule to these presents annexed and are agreed between all the said parties to remain and be in the possession and usage of the said Lawrence Rutt during his natural life and to the said Mary Browne after the decease of the said Lawrence Rutt (if the said marriage take effect) in case the said Mary shall survive the said Lawrence Rutt excepting all such of the said goods as shall be worn out or lost in the usage of them during the intermarriage and in case the said Lawrence Rutt shall survive the said Mary Browne then all the said goods shall remain and be to the said Lawrence Rutt his executors administrators and assigns

A schedule containing the particulars of all and singular the goods household stuff and utensils of household of Michael Rutt gent late being within and about the messuage or inn bearing the sign of the Crowne in Beaconsfield in the County of Bucks and now in the possession of Lawrence Rutt his son or his assigns

In the Crown Chamber
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one round oval table, one little round table, one little square table, one stand, one side cupboard, two great velvet chairs, four Turkey work chairs, eight needlework stools & two chairs of the same, three carpets, two window curtains & two rods, one bed and bolster & two pillows of down, two feather beds one feather bolster, two rugs, seven blankets, one set of curtains and valence and head cloth & rods and mats & cords, one looking glass, two flower pots, one pair of whole brass hand irons, one pair of little dogs with fire shovel tongs and snuffers, one close stool and pan, one pair of bellows, three cushions with thirteen covers for chairs and stools

In the Flis Chamber
One drawing table, one side board, one great woollen chair, one blue velvet chair, two damask stools, six needlework stools, one little leather chair, one gold cushion, one high bedstead, one low bedstead with bed cords and mats, two feather beds and bloster & two pillows, two blue rugs, three blankets, one pair of blue curtains and valnce and head cloths with rods for the window, one brass candlestick in the Crown stairs.

In the Fox
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one table, two joint stools, one settle form, two leather chairs, two cushions, one window curtain & rod, two feather beds, one straw bed, two bolsters, two pillows, one rug, one coverlet, one blanket, one pair of curtains & valence and curtain rods, two mats & bed cords, one pair of hand irons, fire shovel and tongs.

In the Parlour
Two high bedsteads, one low bedstead, one drawing table, one Spanish table, one side board, three joint stools, one form, five leather chairs & window shuts, three feather beds, two straw beds, two rugs, three bolster, three pillows, one coverlet, three blankets, two sets of curtains and valance with curtain rods, three mats & bed cords, two pairs of hand irons, fire shovel, tongs, bellows & snuffers

In the Flower de Luce
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one round oval table, one square table, five leather chairs, two feather beds, one straw bed, two bolsters, two pillows, two rugs, two blankets, two mats & bed cords, one set of curtains and valence & curtain rods, one carpet & window curtain & curtain rod, one cushion, one pair of hand irons with fire shovel & tongs, bellows and snuffers

In the Rose Chamber
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one drawing table, one round table, one joint stool, five leather chairs, one side board, five cushions, one looking glass, two feather beds, one straw bed, two bolsters, two pillows with mats & bed cords, two rugs, two blankets, one set of curtains and valence and curtain rods, one carpet, one window curtain and rod, one pair of hand irons with fire shovel and tongs, bellows and snuffers

In the Goat Chamber
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one round table, one side board, one joint stool, one wooden chair, two leather chairs, two feather beds, one straw bed mats and bed cords, one rug, one coverlet, two blankets, two bolsters, two pillows, one set of curtains & valence curtain rods, two cushions, one carpet & hangings for the same, one window curtain & rod, one pair of hand irons, fire shovel, tongs, one pair of bellows & snuffers

In the Half Moon
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one table, one side board, one form, two joint stools, one chair, one feather bed, one straw bed, one bolsters, two pillows, two coverlets, one blanket, two mats & bed cords, one set of curtains & valence & curtain rods and hangings for the whole room, two carpets, three cushions, one window curtain & rod

In the Red Chamber
One high bedstead, one table, one joint stool, one feather bed, one straw bed, one bolster, one pillow, one rug, one blanket, one set of curtains and valence & curtain rods mat & bed cords, one shelf

In the Green Chamber
One bedstead, one joint stool, one feather bed, two bolsters, one rug, one blanket, & curtains & valence mat & bed cord, one tin sconce upon the Rose stairs

In the White Horse
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one table, two forms, one wooden chair, two feather beds, two bolsters, one pillow, one rug, one coverlet, one blanket, one set of curtains and valence curtain rods mat and bed cords, one pair of hand irons

In the Hall
One table, one settle table, one joint stool, one elbow chair, two benches, one board over the mantle.

In the Starr
Two window curtains and rods, two chairs, one stool, two tables

In the Sun Chamber
One high bedstead, one low bedstead, one table, one joint stool, four leather chairs, three feather beds, three blankets, four mats, three bed cords, two sets of curtains & valence & curtain rods, two window curtains, one close stool and pan, one pair of hand irons, one pair of fire shovel and tongs

In the Globe Chamber
One high bedstead, one table, one chest, two chairs, one stool, one feather bed, one bolster, two pillows, one coverlet, one blanket, one mat & bed cord, one set of curtains & valens and head cloth & curtain rods & hangings for the whole room, one window curtain and rod, one carpet, one cushion, one pair of hand irons, fire shovel, tongs and bellows

In the School House
Two tables, one bench and form, one saddle and pillion, one bridle, one spade and dung fork

In Linen
Seven pair of large flaxen sheets, twelve Holland pillow bears, fifty two pairs of other sheets, twenty six other pillow bears, eighteen table cloths, fifteen new Lockram napkins, eleven blue work napkins, twelve white work napkins, five cap napkins, twenty four hempen napkins in the trunk, twenty four napkins, two table cloths, twenty nine rolling towels, six kitchen towels, twenty three new Lockram napkins, fifteen hempen napkins

In the Kitchen
Thirty pewter dishes, six little pewter dishes, six fruit dishes, six pewter basins, ten plates, one posset basin, one stewing pan, six pewter salts, twelve pewter porringers, one pasty plate, four pie plates, eighteen saucers, two fish boilers, one colander, one tin pasty pan, eighteen chamber pots, four flagons, ten pewter candlesticks, ten tin candlesticks, four kettles, five skillets, two brass pots, one iron pot, two brass coppers, four brass ladles, one pestle and mortar, two gridirons, two frying pans, one cleaver, one chopping knife, one bread grater, two pars of iron dogs, one pair of racks, one range, three pot hangers, two pair of pot hooks, one brass pan, one brass chafing dish, one iron chafing dish, two brass saucepans, four spits, two box irons, four pads, one apple roaster, two iron dripping pans, one tin dripping pan, two warming pans, one toasting iron, two pair of brass scales, one jack and jack chains & jack lines, four jack weights, one fire tongs and bellows, two brass hanging candlesticks, one mustard bowl, one napkin press, one cellar of glasses, one cabinet of drawers, two sugar boxes, one table, four chairs, three joint stools, two dressers, two benches, one table, two benches, one chopping block, one salt tub

In the Larder
Four wooden bowls, one powdering tub, one tray, two souring tubs, one stand, one form, eight shelves

In the Brewhouse
Fifteen brewing vessels, one burbing tub, one wash kiver, one hog tub, one cheese press, one cider press, one powdering trough, three kneading kivers, one flour tub, one cupboard, one safe, one dresser, two peels

In the Small Beer Cellar
Three shelves, three searches, one stand, five bowl dishes, three buckets, two flaskets

In the Wine Cellar
Two 4 otle pots, five quart pots, five pint pots, three half pint pots, eleven quartern pots

In the Beer Cellar
Two pewter flagons

In the Stable and Yard
One stone trough, two prongs, one long ladder, two little ladders, one wheelbarrow, one shute to carry water

In the Garden
One tin water pot, three wooden platters, fifteen old napkins

Michael Rutt


The Saracens Head

1724       23 Feb      PROB 3/24/98 A true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of John Martin late of Beaconsfield in the County of Bucks innholder deceased which since his death have come to the hands possession or knowledge of William Martin and Benjamin Martin the executors named in the last will and testament of the said deceased and taken valued and appraised on the 23rd day of February 1724 by Timothy Child Henry Fellows Joseph Hearne and Robert Bates as follows:

In the Dwelling House
Item in the Kitchen 37 pewter dishes, 5 doz and 5 pewter plates, 12 pewter beer pots, 10 pewter wine pots, 2 pewter funnels, one pewter 1 gallon pot, 2 pewter cheese plates, 9 pewter chamber pots, 13 pewter spoons, 3 small pewter saucers, one small pewter cup, 2 pewter basins, 4 pewter salts, one pewter pepper box, one pewter mustard pot, one copper porringer, one copper candle stick, one copper coffee pot, one copper tea kettle, one copper saucepan, one copper pint pot, one brass stew pan, 2 brass chafing dishes, one brass colander, one brass snuffer dish and pair of snuffers, one brass flour box, 10 brass candle sticks, one brass sconce, one brass slice, one other brass slice with iron handle, one brass skimmer with iron handle, 2 tin dripping pans, 3 tin covers, 1 tin pudding pan, 1 tin colander, 1 iron dripping pan, 5 spits, 10 iron candle sticks, one fire grate with cheeks and fender, one posser, 3 fire shovels, a pair of tongs, two iron racks, three pot hangers, one box iron, a pair of bellows, one bell metal mortar and iron pestle, one jack with lines pulleys wheel and weights, a pair of small brass scales and weights, 2 warming pans, one gun, one grid iron, two clocks and clock cases, one napkin press, four joint stools, 6 rush bottom chairs, one leather comb, one little square table, two chopping knives, a doz knives and forks, a tin candle box, half a doz iron skewers, a tin grater, and one tin apple roaster
                                                            18 8 5

In the Ground Chamber next to the Kitchen
Item one bebstead a mat and cord head cloth and tester, one feather bed, one feather bolster, 3 feather pillows, a set of curtains with valance and curtain rods, 2 blankets and one rug, one chest, one flower bin, on chest of drawers, one old window curtain and rod, two chairs and some other odd things
                                                            2 15 0

In the Maids Chamber next adjoining the Ground Chamber
Item one bedstead, 1 feather bed, one feather coverlet, 1 cupboard, 3 chests, one trunk, 2 boxes, one saddle, and a few other odd things
                                                            2 6 0

In the Closet adjoining
Item 2 boxes, one stool, some glass, earthenware and stone and wooden Ware
                                                            0 10 0

In the Room called the Little Parlour
Item one bedstead with head cloth and tester, a set of curtains, valance and curtain rods, one feather bed feather bolster and two feather pillows, 3 blankets and one counterpane, 2 folding tables, six rush bottom chairs, a fire shovel, a pair of tongs, a pair of bellows, a pair of iron dogs a pair of window curtains and rod, and one table in the passage to the room
                                                            3 11 0

In the Room called the Great parlour
Item 6 chairs, 6 joint stools, one table, one pair of dogs, one pair of hand irons, 15 ordinary paper pictures with frames
                                                            0 17 0

In the Room called the Shop
Item 8 old chairs, a nest of small drawers and one little table
                                                            0 5 0

In the Passage at the Stairhead
Item one large old trunk, one old picture and frame, one court cupboard, one large tub with about one quarter of wheat therein
                                                            1 17 0

In the Chamber over the Ostry
Item one bedstead with a set of ordinary curtains and rods, one flock bed and bolster, one old rug, two blankets and an old carpet, one table, 6 old chairs, one knee fan
                                                            0 15 0

In the Chamber called the Down Step Room
Item two small bedsteads with six ordinary curtains valance and curtain rods, two feather beds, to feather bolsters, four blankets, two rugs, a pair of window curtains and rod, a pair of bellows, two pair of iron dogs one pair of them with brass heads, one old table, 3 old chairs and one old stool
                                                            3 0 0

In the Chamber called the Crown Chamber
Item one bedstead and sacking bottom with tester and head cloth and set of striped curtains valance bases and curtain rods, one feather bed feather bolster and two feather pillows, three blankets, one quilt, two pairs of window curtains and rods, one large oval table, one other table, ten leather chairs, one couch, two pictures over the chimney, 5 other pictures in paper, two pairs of iron dogs one pair of them with brass fronts, a pair of tongs, bellows and a fire shovel and the hangings in the room
                                                            6 0 0

In the Chamber called the Little Crown
Item two small bedsteads head cloths and testers, 6 red curtains and valance, 2 feather beds, 2 feather bolsters, 3 feather pillows, 6 blankets, one rug, one coverlet, three old covered chairs, one small table and carpet, two paper pictures and one map and a pair of window curtains and rod
                                                            4 0 0

In the Chamber called the Rose and Crown
Item one bedstead mat and cord with a set of brown curtains valance bases curtain rods headcloth and tester, one feather bed, one feather bolster, two feather pillows, 3 blankets and one brown rug, eight old pictures and frames, two tables, one stand, six old covered chairs, one stool, two other chairs, one looking glass, a pair of bellows, two pairs of dogs one pair of them with brass fronts, fire shovel dogs and tongs, a pair of window curtains and rod
                                                            4 1 3

In the Chamber called the Flower de Luce
Item one bedstead, one half headed bedstead, one larger and one smaller feather bed with six curtains valance and curtain rods to the large bed, two feather bolsters, two feather pillows, five blankets, one quilt, one old rug, a counterpane, six rush bottom chairs, one oval table and old carpet, a pair of window curtains and rod, a fire shovel, two pairs of iron dogs one pair thereof with brass heads
                                                            4 10 0

In the Chamber called the Dolphin
Item one bedstead with tester head cloth a set of old brown curtains and valance and curtain rods, one feather bed and bolster and pillow, two blankets and one rug, a pair of ordinary window curtains and rod, one deal table, three rush bottom and two leather chairs, two paper pictures and frames
                                                            2 12 6

In the Chamber called the Brewhouse Chamber
Item 2 ordinary bedsteads and one half headed bedstead, 3 small feather beds, three feather bolsters, two old blankets, three old rugs and one old coverlet, five old chairs
                                                            3 15 0

In the Brewhouse
Item two brass furnaces and wooden lids, one mash tub, tap wast, stirrer and stand, one cooler, one jett, five kivers, one strainer, three drink tubs and one stand, and some other odd things
                                                            5 0 0

In the Buttery and the Passage near the same
Item two bell metal porridge pots, 2 brass pots, 2 kettles, 2 frying pans, one kneading kiver, one cupboard, three brass pot lids, three skillets, two buckets, one little table, hand iron, dripping pan, one saucepan, a basting ladle, some earthenware and other odd lumber
                                                            2 15 0

In the Cellar
Seven hogsheads full of beer, two empty hogsheads, one working tub, 2 half firkins, two brass corks, two drink stands, one bucket, one little kiver, one hand bowl, three doz glass bottles and some other odd things
                                                            18 0 0

Item wine and brandy
                                                            1 10 0

In the Ostry
Item one corn bin with a parcel of oats and beans, one old chest, two snittles, one cart saddle and a pair of thil tugs, two pairs of plough traces, one pair of chain harness, one bushel one pack one half peck and one quarter of a peck, one collar two ridders one scythe, one iron rack and some lumber
                                                            2 0 0

In the Granary
Item a parcel of oats and a parcel of beans
                                                            5 7 6

In the Yard
Item a parcel of coals a parcel of billet wood and brush faggots, one old cart with wheels, one wheelbarrow, a pair of harrows and a pair of plough wheels, 5 prongs, 2 ladders, one water trough lined with lead, one water tub
                                                            10 5 0

Item 5 sow pigs and two small fat hogs     6 0 0
Item 1 red cow and one white cow            6 0 0

In the Stables
Item one old bay mare, one old grey gelding, one saddle and bridle, one shovel and one old spade          4 9 0

Item one cock of hay and a piece of a rick of hay in two lofts and a parcel of straw                                 70 0 0

Item 30 pairs of sheets & table cloths, 2 doz and a half of napkins, a doz towels and a doz of pillowbeares                                                                                        16 15 0

Item one silver tankard one silver cup and five silver spoons                     8 0 0

                                          ________
Sum total                             226 15 8
 
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