The Vine/Burnside

WTPC-0167 C1895 as the Vine Public House.

WTPC-0122 C1915 as Burnside House.

"The Vine" was a smallholding with orchards and poultry. 

It was one of the first properties in Weston Turville to take advantage of the 1830 Beer Act, opening in 1832.  It remained as an beerhouse until 1873 when it became a public house when the spirit license of the Elephant and Castle transferred to The Vine. In 1913 it was voluntarily closed under the licensing consolidation Act of 1901. After the great war "The Vine" became transformed into a private residence known as  "Burnside". For many years, it was owned by Alexander Jamieson, an accomplished artist who has been exhibited at the Royal Academy. His studio was at the far end of the building.  In the 1929 Annual Register, there is a reference to "The Old Vine Inn", Weston Turville by Alexander Jamieson being on sale for £250, which we have been unable to find.

1832 The Vine’s license was first granted to Richard Ingram.[1,20] 

1837 Poll Book/Electoral Register Thomas Purssell is a voter with property in Church End, a Freehold House. Willaim Bates and Susannah Gore are tenants. 

1839 Richard Ingram's application for a spirit license is refused.[23]

1841 Census shows Thomas Purssell (30) a "Dealer" and his wife Ann living "Near the Church".

1843 Richard Ingram, of Weston Turville, three measures out of ten deficient. Convicted, and fined 2s. 6d., costs 12s. 6d. - 15s.

1847 Post Office Directory shows Thomas Purssell as a Beer Retailer, it also shows Reuben Purssell at "Plough"  and Richard Purssell at "Chandos Arms".

1848 16 May - The death of Thomas Purssell, landlord of The Vine public house, aged 37 [16]

1851 In February, Ann Purssell (widow of Thomas) is advertising for a new tenant.[17] 

On 30th March, The census shows Ann Purssell (42) a "Straw Platter and Beer House Keeper" and her four children at The Vine, Church End.

1855 The Vine Benefit Society established [2] 

1856 From a sordid episode relating to Weston Turville feast, we know that there was a skittle-alley at The Vine. [3] 


William Ingram, publican, of Weston Turville, was charged with having, on Sunday, the 11th Dec, his house open for the sale of beer before five o'clock in the afternoon. Defendant admitted that beer was served, and that he had some of it himself, but be was not aware that it was before five o'clock.

Police-constable 76 gave evidence to prove the case, asserting that it was before five o'clock, although by the defendant's clock it was nearly half-past. Thomas Bunce (William's brother-in-law)said it was five minutes to five when the beer was had.

The Bench inflicted a fine of 1s. and expenses 13s. 6d. The smallness of the fine was owing to defendant's previous good character, and his honest behaviour in court.

1861 Census shows William Ingram (32) as a Beer House keeper in Church End with his wife Hannah, their four children and William's father John Ingram. Charles Bellington (29) an Ag Lab and his family are lodging there too.

1863 William Ingram was charged with keeping his beer-house ("The Vine") open at 25 minutes past 10 on the 19th April. Fined £1, including costs . [4] 

1864 William Ingram is a beer retailer in the Post Office Directory

1871 Census shows William Ingram (42) as a Ducker and Grazier in Church End with his wife Hannah, eight children and William's father John Ingram. 

1872 The Vine holds a license to sell beer that must be consume on premises. The owner is Barington Fitkin of Weston Turville and it is occupied by William Ingram. The Lease holder is Messrs. Wroughton and Co., Aylesbury. [5] 

1873 William INGRAM organises for the removal of the spirit license of the Elephant and Castle to be transferred to the Vine (With consent from the tenant of the Elephant and Castle). The two nearest houses were said to be 793 yards and 330 yards off the Vine.  [6] 

1877 Vine Benefit Society had 18 members assets of £58, total receipts 13 and no provision for old age. [1] 

1881 Census shows William Ingram (52) as a Duck Breeder at The Vine with his wife Hannah, five children and three lodgers.

1885 Quoits match held at the Vine Inn (Weston Turville lost to a side from Aylesbury). [7] 

1889 Francis Thomas Ingram, landlord of the Vine publichouse, Weston Turville, was charged with supplying drink during prohibited hours on the 31st December last, and James Bishop was summoned for being on the

premises. The offence was proved by P.C. Neal, who visited the house at 10-35

and found Bishop there. Ingram was fined £1, and 15/- costs, and Bishop 1/-,

and 15/- costs. [8] 


The Vine is available to let from the Walton Brewery, who were owned by Wroughton & Threlfall. After several mergers, in 1895, the brewery and it’s 146 pubs were sold to the newly formed Aylesbury Brewery Company.[9

1891 Census shows that The Vine Public House was the home and workplace for George Brooks and his wife Alice. He is described as a Carpenter and publican.

1892 "The Vine" is still being advertised to Let![21]

1901 Census shows The Vine is now occupied by Joseph Bunce and his family. Joseph is a Poultry Breeder and Inn Keeper. His wife is described as “Pub”.

1903 Appears in Kelly's as Joseph Bunce (jun) a duck breeder and The Vine P.H

1904 (10 Dec) License transferred from Joseph Bunce to Charles Ward of Bledlow.[10] 

1905 (15 Apr) License transfered from George Allen to Henry Luscombe of Warwick.[22

1905 (9 Dec) License transferred from Henry Andrew Luscombe to William Wilkins of Stonebridge Park [11] 

1906 (1 Dec) License transferred from William Wilkins to Charles Coyle, of Illford.[12] 

1907 (31 Aug) License transferred from Charles Coyle to Walter Stephen Lague of Hammersmith.[13] 

1908 At the Compensation Act meeting on April 30th, the tenant (reported as W.S. Laid) seemed quite despondent. The nearest public house was within 272 yards of The Vine and that was sufficient to supply the wants of the neighbourhood. Walter Lague said that he had "Done a lot to the place since he'd been there" and he would not mind if it was closed, if he received the compensation money. The brewers, Welch Ale Brewing Company did not attend and were said to not be opposed. The Chairman said this licence would be referred.

1908 License transferred from Walter Stephen Lague to William Pye, of Tottenham.[14] 

1911 Census shows William Pye (Publican) and his wife Elizabeth are the residents

1912 License transferred from William Pye, to Bookham Parker Ingram of New Town, Hevir.[19] 

1912 The Vine was one of five alehouses and beerhouses to voluntarily close in the Three Hundreds of Aylesbury licensing district under the licensing Consolidation Act of 1910. This left 163 alehouses, 74 beerhouses (on), 17 beerhouses (off) and 11 grocers in the Aylesbury licensing district.[15]  

"The Vine" C1895

"Burnside" C1915

1915 During, or immediately following the Great War, The Vine was completely transformed into the private residence known as "Burnside" which became the home of Alexander Jamieson and his family.

1918 Alexander Jamieson appears on the absent voters list address "Burnside".