There is a lot of debate as to which is the oldest pub in Britain; you can read about the contenders at (Note that the Man & Scythe is NOT in Stow-on-the-Wold!)

There are a lot of sites with information about the Earls of Derby, but these two are the most detailed:

  • - a lot of very detailed information about the various Earls of Derby, particularly our beloved James Stanley.


  • - an exaustive list of all the Earls up to the present day, including a brief history of the Earldom itself.

    And for those who are curious about how the pub looked before the 1998 renovation, there are some interesting pictures, (and outdated information!) here at

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