In the C19th the village had four public houses. The Star (currently the Guy Fawkes), the Bay Horse and the George IV all on the main street. The fourth, the Fox and Hounds, was at the junction of Ripley road and Scotton new road and was a later addition.
The alehouse keepers or publicans usually had a primary or secondary occupation such as farmer, butcher, mason, cattle dealer, etc.. It may have been left to the wife and other members of the family to run the pub.