Boy's Head Inn

Oundle Road



1857 28 August - Stamford Mercury

Heading: Sales By Auction

To Brewers, Builders, and Others.  WOODSTONE, near PETERBOROUGH



By order of the mortgagee,) at the Boy's Head, Woodstone, in the County of Huntingdon.


"ALL that old-established and well accustomed PUBLIC-HOUSE, called the Boy's Head, situate in WOODSTON aforesaid, with the Stables, Barns, Yard, Garden, and Home Close thereto adjoining and belonging, the whole containing one are or thereabouts, and now in the occupation of Mr. John Desbrow, as yearly tenanant.

The propety is about half a mile distant from the Peterborough Stations on the London and North-Western, the Midland, and Eastern Counties Railways, and has a frontage of fifty-five yards to the street leading thereto, affording a valuable site and ample space for the erection of several other houses.

The premises are Copyhold of the Manor of Woodstone.  Fine on admission, 3s.; yearly Quit-rent 1s.6d".

Stamford, 17th August, 1857



1842 20 May - Stamford Mercury

boy's head woodston 20.5.1842 Stamford Mercury To

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1841 census - Turnpike End, Woodstone, Peterborough **


James Desbrow 61 (1780) Publican

Mary Desbrow 60 (1781)

John Desbrow 20 (1821)

Richard Desbrow 25 (1816)

Ann Boothright? 17 (1824) Female Servant

1851 census- Boy's Head, Church Street, Woodstone, Peterborough **


James Desbrow Head Widower 71 (1780) Inn Keeper born Woodnewton, N'ptonshire

John Desbrow Son Married 34 (1817) Timber Dealer born Uppingham, Rutland

Susannah Desbrow Daughter in Law Married 32 (1819) born Alwalton, Hunts

Elizabeth H Desbrow Grand Daughter under 1 month (1851) born Woodstone, Hunts

James Desbrow Grand Son 12 (1839) Tailor's Apprentice born Oundle, N'ptonshire

Mary Dexter Nurse married 45 (1806) Labourer's Wife born Eye, N'ptonshire

John Stanger Lodger Widower 56 (1795) Journeyman Plasterer born Exton, Rutland

William Crowson Lodger Widower 53 (1798) Hurdle Maker born Apethorpe, N'ptonshire

1857 12 December - Cambridge Independent Press

Heading: Peterborough


Suicide. - A painful ocurrence, which has created a melancholy sensation in this locality, took place at Woodstone on Friday last.  Mr Stephen Cave, aged 66, who for many years kept the Boat Inn, Peterboro', but had since retired from business, and for some time past had been living with Mr. Desborough, at the Boy's Head inn, Woodstone, committed suicide by tying a halter round his neck and hanging himself up to a beam in an out-house at the back of the inn.  He was first seen by the pot-boy beetween 4 and 5 o'clock p.m: the landlord cut him down whilst the body was yet warm, but the deceased never afterwards spoke.  Dr. Porter was in attendance soon after, and pronounced life extinct.  An inquest was held on the following day before Mr. W. Lawrence, jun., deputy coroner, when it was thought that the rash act been committed during a state of temporary de-rangement, and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary the jury delivered their verdict accordingly.

1861 census - Boy's Head Inn, Oundle Turnpike Road, Woodstone, Peterborough **


John Desbrow Head Married 44 (1817) Inn Keeper & Timber Merchan born Uppingham, Rutland

Susannah Desbrow Wife Married 42 (1819) born Alwalton, Hunts

Elizabeth H Desbrow Daughter 10 (1851) scholar born Woodston, Hunts

Mary Fletcher Servant unmarried 16 (1845) House Servant born Warmington, N'ptonshire

Charles Hill Servant unmarried 18 (1843) Ostler born Oundle, N'ptonshire1861 census

1862 Directory of Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire

Desbrow John, Boy's Head & Timber Merchant, Woodstone

1871 census - Boy's Head Public House, Oundle Road, Woodstone, Peterborough **


John Desbrow Head Married 54 (1817) Licenced Victualler born Uppingham, Rutland

Susannah Desbrow Wife Married 52 (1819) born Alwalton, Hunts

Henry Bolton Servant 14 (1857) General Servant born Glatton, Hunts

Elizth Cunnington Servant 14 (1857) General Servant born Folksworth, Hunts


1887 9 September - Stamford Mercury

Heading: Peterborough

BOY'S HEAD Woodston 1887 9 Sept Suicide of Desboro

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1881 census - Boy's Head Public House, Woodstone (Hunts) Peterborough **


Harry Humberstone Head Married 40 (1841) Licenced Victualler & Blacksmith born Buckden, Hunts

Susannah Humberstone Wife Married 41 (1840) born Ramsey, Hunts

John M Watts Nephew 16 (1865) Blacksmith's Apprentice born Yaxley, Hunts

Hubert Linnell Boarder single 20 (1861) Clerk born Oundle, N'ptonshire

1891 census - Boy's Head Inn, Nene ?, Woodstone, Peterborough **


Samuel Biscoe Head Widower 65 (1826) Inn Keeper born Buntingford, Herts

Alice J Biscoe Daughter 16 (1875) Milliner's Apprentice born Aspley Guise, Beds

Amy K Biscoe Daughter 15 (1876) born Ampthill, Beds

Harry E Biscoe Son 13 (1878) born Ampthill, Beds

1901 census - Boy's Head Inn, Woodstone, Peterborough **


Charles Dawson Head Married 51 (1850) Publican & Blacksmith born Baldock, Herts

Betsy Dawson Wife Married 39 (1862) born Baldock, Herts

Percy J Dawson Son 12 (1889) scholar born Deptford, Kent

Grace E Dawson Daughter 7 (1894) scholar born Woodston, Hunts

Reginal Dawson Son 2 (1899) born Woodston, Hunts

Angelina Cunnington Mother in Law Widow 69 (1832) born Baldock, Herts

Annie Kingstyne Servant single 23 (1878) Servant Domestic born Reading, Berks

Harry Armitage Boarder single 27 (1874) Blacksmith's Labourer born York, Yorks

William Jacques Boarder single 25 (1876) Blacksmith born Leicester, Leics

1904 1 January - Stamford Mercury

Heading: Peterborough Police


"Charles Dawson, of the Boy's Head, Woodstone was summoned in respect to gin 40 per cent, underproof, and there having been no notice up he was fined £1 plus costs".

1903 Kelly's Directory

Boy's Head P.H. Chas Dawson, Woodstone

1911 census - Boy's Head Inn, Oundle Road, Woodston, Peterborough (7 rooms) **


Walter Beales Head Married35 (1876) Stone Mason & Publican born Peterborough

Fanny Beales Wife Married 32 (1879) Assisting in Business born Peterborough

Eric Beales Son single 8 (1903) born Peterborough

Ronald Beales Son 3 (1908) born Peterborough

1914 Kelly's Directory

Boy's Head, Walter Beales, Woodston, Peterborough

1925 Kelly's Directory

Boy's Head, William Steels, Woodston


1926 Electoral Register - Boy's Head Inn, Oundle Road

William Steels

Clara Steels

Arthur Steels

Edith Steels

1956 23 October - Peterborough Advertiser

PG 1 BOY'S HEAD WOODSTON Peterborough Advertiser 2 1959 page 2  Boy's Head Woodston Peterborough advertiser 23.10.1956

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1927 & 1928 Electoral Register - Boy's Head

Wallace William Lazenby

Hilda M Lazenby


1939 Register - 108 Oundle Road, Woodston, Peterborough 

Wallace W Lazenby Publican

Hilda M Lazenby


Note: Wallace Lazenby was the son of Joseph Lazenby of the Steam Engine Inn, Cromwell Road, Peterborough

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