History of Stisted >> Stisted Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Stisted on the importance of beer.
Weekly Despatch 24 June 1917
More Beer - Or We Down Tools
Threat by thirsty harvest workers in Essex.
The farm labourers employed on hay harvest at Stisted, near Braintree, Essex, met yesterday at the village public-house and decided that unless the supply of beer was increased next week they would stop work. The inn has only had beer three days this week, and this the thirsty harvest men strongly resent.
Their leader, a hearty old farm labourer approaching 70 years, said: "The bread is so poor now there is no support in it for such work as harvesting, so we simply must have beer, and good beer at that - not the thin stuff ordered in some places. The Stisted labourers have decided if we don't get the beer we down tools next week.
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Stisted - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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