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Its significance lies in its inscription, M Latham, Fox Inn, Haslington, which could tempt local bids when it is offered by the Nantwich saleroom, estimated at £30-50.

The jug’s appearance had Peter Wilson ceramics specialist Chris Large asking residents for assistance. Alan Casey, who runs the website haslington.org, said the 1836-51 Tithe map for Haslington shows what is now the Fox pub was originally a house with gardens and outbuildings. The land was owned by John Latham and the house was occupied by Matthew Latham.

“I understand there was an earlier pub nearby called the Fox but I didn’t know the exact location,” he said. However, further research solved the mystery.

David Green, who has written five books on Haslington said: “The old Fox Inn was sited virtually opposite the existing pub, on land now part of the sports field for Haslington Primary school. My records show the Latham family being landlords there from 1850-74 when John Scott took over, so Peter Wilson’s dating of the jug looks spot on.”

The jug will be sold on behalf of a local lady whose grandfather ran the Fox in the inter-war years but is not related to the Latham family.


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