Albion Inn

Standing on Butterley Hill, close to the Argyll Road junction, the Albion Inn is a brick built property now rendered.



On the 1841 census the landlady was Mrs Rebecca Birks; she was followed into the trade by her daughter, Elizabeth. By 1862, the licence had passed to Nehemiah Sellors who managed the beerhouse until his death in 1880.

Nehemiah Sellors was born in Pentrich, but moved to Stockport in the 1840s, marrying Esther Barnsley (from Ripley) in 1845. He kept a greengrocers shop there, but at some point returned to Ripley.

His wife died in 1868 and the following year he married a widow, Rosa (or Roseannah) Briggs.

In 1866, he had an argument with the Toll keeper on Butterley Hill, when he charged the keeper with taking excessive toll ;  two years later he was assaulted by some of his drunken customers who also damaged one of his doors. It was a rough life as a landlord in those days.

During 1873 at the Licensing authority, all 20 licences in Ripley were renewed including the Albion, but the following year, there was a protest made by the church and individuals that no more licences be issued, and the Albion licence was not renewed.

Nevertheless, by 1876, Nehemiah was back behind the bar and during this year was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer. Luckily for him the charges were not proved but when he went before the licensing authority later he was convicted of selling liquors without a licence out of doors. His licence was renewed but with a warning!

Nehemiah died in 1880 and the premises were put up for sale for £1275. The licence transferred to his widow Roseannah in 1881 ; in this year a party was held at the pub for Mr W.Barton of Butterley on attaining his majority.

The Albion Inn in about 1910, John Illsley Wood, centre. with permission from / The Wood Collection

In roughly 1892, Roseannah died, passing the pub on to her daughter by her first marriage Rosa Anne Henninger (nee Briggs). Her husband, George Henninger, was the son of a german pork butcher, Frederick Henninger, who came to this country in the 1830s. George seems to have died in 1897, leaving his widow to run the pub alone. In 1902 she married her lodger, John Illsley Wood, a well known blacksmith, and the licence was transferred to him. Rosa Wood died in 1903.

John applied for a licence to sell wine in 1904 but was refused.

Two years later the team from the Albion won the Ripley & District Air Gun League with a score of 288. Fruit, flower and vegetable shows were popular during the early part of the 20th century and the Albion played its’ part by hosting shows in 1897; 1899; 1907 and other years. In 1911 John won 4th place at the Derbyshire Agricultural show with   ‘12 white hen eggs… As well as his skill with the hens, John was also a respected Blacksmith in the town.

By 1913 the property including   ‘Yard, garden, grass paddock…’  was put up for sale ; even the Billiard table was included!

In 1929 John was interviewed by the Derby Daily Telegraph who reported as follows –

“I have voted at every Parliamentary election and I have never voted for the successful candidate”

Mr J.I. Wood, the licensee of the Albion Inn, Ripley told a Derby Daily Telegraph reporter this today.  Mr Wood who is nearly 80 years of age is a native of Ripley. He is well known as an ex-blacksmith in the town and has been a member of Ripley Urban District Council for several years. His interest in athletics is well known and he used to be the regular starter at Ripley sports.

Transcript Derby Daily Telegraph 1929  3 June

John died in 1935 and was suceeded by Robert Oxley in 1937.  He was still there in 1941.