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The Barge: High Road, Vange


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The Barge, Vange
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Location: Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1910
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Comments: The Barge
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The Barge, Vange The Barge, Vange The Barge, Vange
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Location: Vange
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Barge
Location: Vange
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Barge
Location: Vange
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Barge
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The Barge, Vange
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Location: Vange
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Barge
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The Barge, High Road, Vange in the early 1900s A public house under various descriptions has existed at the corner of High Road, Vange and Clayhill Road (formerly Timberlog Lane) since before 1840 when the present building is said to have become the Barge.

A previous name had been the bigamous 'The Man With Seven Wives' which is thought to have derived from the publicans' surname which was Wife.

The house or 'beer house' or even 'beer shop', as they were described in the 1800s, may have taken the name 'Barge Inn' from as early as 1840 though there are various newspaper articles from the 1850s confirming the name inn in the title.

The first licencee was John Adey who shared the house with his wife Frances and their children.

For many years the Hornchurch Brewery provided the ale including the period when the name was changed to the 'Old Barge Inn', which it remained well into the 20th century. Around the 1950s it taken over by the Mann, Crossman & Paulin brewery chain who also owned the Bull at Vange. A large Manns sign was then erected to one of the chimney stacks.

From the 1930s to the early 2000s the licence was held by successive generations of the Evans family.

Today the pub is known simply as the Barge.

In April 2015 the public house closed without warning and was boarded up. Its future looks uncertain and has yet to be decided.

Page added: 2003
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2014.
Copyright © 2014, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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