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Moving down the road Layer Breton is still served by the Hare and Hounds which, the licensing records show, seems to date from 1803 when the licensee was James Bundock followed in 1810 by Richard Bundock and four years later by Berry Bradbrooke. In those days licensees had to provide sureties and it interesting to note that they were often other licensees. In the case of the Hare and Hounds in 1814 one of the sureties was James Bateman, from the Angel, while a few years later it was the licensee of the King's Arms, Great Wigborough. From 1823 to at least 1828 the licensee was Joseph Rowe but at the time of the Tithe map in 1841 the owner and occupier was given as Edward Holloway although it is hard to imagine how the nine persons appearing in the census were housed!

In 1851 Holloway was also a shopkeeper and with him were his wife and her two daughters by an earlier marriage plus a grand daughter and an ostler. Edward continued as licensee until he died in 1866 when his son-in-law Richard Law took over and remained for at least thirty years. The next licensee was William Mead until the First World War. We know from the Valuation Act papers of 1910 that the house was then owned by the Colchester Brewery Company and that it had been purchased in 1896 for £950. It is described as being of "brick and tile or brick and slate, old but moderate. On the First Floor were three bedrooms and one small room, on the Ground Floor a kitchen, pantry, living room, sitting room, bar, tap, bar parlour and club room, two cellars. Outside a small meadow and garden plus several outbuildings". No mention is made of the well which is now inside the premises but was then in the garden. Joseph Palmer was the next licensee and was succeeded by his son, Edmund, in 1937. It would be interesting to know if the main road crossing the Heath a few yards from the frontage of the premises was really added due to the fact that it was thought unseemly for burial parties going to the cemetery near the Chapel to pass a public house!

1839/Edward Holloway/../../../Pigot's
1841/Edward Holloway/publican/45/born Essex/Census **
1841/Mary Holloway/wife/50/born Essex/Census **
1841/Sarah Holland/20/born Essex/Census **
1841/Emma Holland/20/born Essex/Census **
1841/Harriet Holland/15/born Essex/Census **
1841/Judith Holland/15/born Essex/Census **
1841/Frances Holland/14/born Essex/Census **
1841/Ephraim Adams/male servant/15/born Essex/Census **
1841/John Bowtell/ag lab/35/born Essex/Census **

1848/Edward Holloway/Farmer & Victualler/../../White's

1851/Edward Holloway/publican and shopkeeper/53/Great Ealing, Middlesex/Census **
1851/Ann Holloway/wife/64/Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk/Census **
1851/Judith Holland/step daughter/25/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census **
1851/Frances Holland/stepdaughter/23/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census **
1851/Elizabeth Hazell/grandaughter, scholar/10/Lambeth, Surrey/Census **
1851/Charles Gentry/servant, ostler/24/Layer de la Haye, Essex/Census **

1861/Edward Holloway/publican/63/Great Ealing, Middlesex/Census **
1861/Judith Holland/daughter in law, housekeeper/35/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census **
1861/Elizabeth Hazell/grandaughter, barmaid/20/Lambeth, Surrey/Census **
1861/John Boutell/lodger, ag lab/55/Layer Marney, Essex/Census **

1862/Edward Holloway/Farmer/../../Kelly's

1867/Richard Law/Builder/../../Post Office

1870/Richard Law/Builder/../../Kelly's

1871/Richard Law/Builder/../../Post Office

1871/Richard Law/victualler and carpenter/42/not stated/Census **
1871/Frances Law/wife, shopkeeper/43/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census **
1871/Fanny Law/daughter/12/Layer Marney, Essex/Census **
1871/Florence Law/daughter/08/Layer Marney, Essex/Census **
1871/Alberta Law/daughter/06/Layer Marney, Essex/Census **
1871/Richard H Law/son/03/Layer Marney, Essex/Census **
1871/Emma Brown/domestic servant/32/Birch, Essex/Census **

1874/Richard Law/Builder/../../Kelly's

1878/Richard Law/Builder/../../Kelly's

1881/Richard Law/Publican/52/County Mayo, Ireland/Census
1881/Francis Henrietta Malden Law/Wife/53/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census
1881/Fanny Law/Daughter/22/Colchester, Essex/Census
1881/Florence Emily Law/Daughter/18/Colchester, Essex/Census
1881/Alberta Louisa Law/Daughter/16/Layer Breton, Essex/Census
1881/Richard Henry Law/Son/13/Layer Breton, Essex/Census
1881/Elizabeth Margaret Hazell/Visitor/16/Carshalton, Surrey/Census
1881/Frederick Hazell/Visitor/7/Beddington, Surrey/Census

1882/Richard Law/../../../Kelly's

1886/Richard Law/../../../Kelly's

1890/Richard Law/../../../Kelly's

1891/Richard Law/../63/../Census
1891/Francis Henrietta Malden Law/Wife/63/../Census
1891/Richard Charles Law/../22./../Census

Note: Premises not named in 1891

1894/Richard Law/../../../Kelly's

1895/Richard Law/../../../Kelly's

1898/Richard Charles Law/../../../Kelly's