Moses BELCHER  was the landlord at least between 1839 and 1868. He is mentioned in several directories. Robinson's Directory of the Western Counties for 1839 Belcher Moses, Bagnor Beer Retailer, Combined Post Office directory 1847 Belcher Moses, beer retlr Wood Speen, Billings Directory 1854 Moses BELCHER Beer retailer,Kelly’s 1869 Belcher Moses, beer retailer, Bagnor none of which name the house, Moses died December quarter 1868 but the directory information was collected well before publication so the Kelly’s entry is not contradictory.
The 1841 census shows him as a wheelwright, the 1851 as a victualler and farmer of 6 acres, in 1861 at last the house is named as the Black Bird and Moses is said to be a beer house and groce’rs shop keeper.
Moses was the brother of James  another wheelwright who married Caroline FROUD.
The Inn is seventeenth century and is still trading today it has lovely gardens and a playground for children.
George DORE  was landlord of the Harrow from 1851-
The Inn is still trading and is set alongside the village cricket pitch.
This was being kept by John GIBBS  about 1876 -
James’ daughter Mary FROUD  married Thomas BOUCHER in 1873. He was described as an Innkeeper and Bootmaker in 1881 and a shoemaker and Publican in 1891 when they are at The Chequers, Charney Bassett. Charney Bassett is a small village with a church standing next to a Manor House suggesting it was an estate village or hamlet and perhaps the pub was named after a feature on the manorial arms
His second son Thomas FROUD  was a shoemaker on the 1871 census then ten years later he was the publican of the Crispin, Burr St, Harwell, an appropriately named pub as St Crispin is the patron saint of shoemakers. His son Frederick was with him. He remained as landlord only for three years before returning to farming in Childrey.
James’ youngest daughter Kate  was a bar maid with her father in 1891.
James’ eldest son John FROUD  started as a shoemaker but in 1891 was keeping The Sawyer’s Arms in Blewbury when he was a publican and general dealer.
A description of Blewbury can be seen at www.blewbury.co.uk where it is said The Sawyer’s Arms become a pub before 1864 it was demolishedin 1964 and replaced with a house. The name was from the nearby saw pit. It was little more than a Beer House where people stood drinking in the single small room where the beer was sold.
James FROUD  was a nephew of William FROUD  who is on our direct line. In 1844 he was working as a shoemaker from Ivy Cottage in Childrey his wife’s family home. They moved to The Crown, Main Street, Childrey where he was a shoemaker and beer retailer in 1871, a shoemaker and publican in 1881 and was a bootmaker and barhouse keeper in 1891. James is listed among the landlords of The Crown which opened in 1709 and closed in 1966. Sylvia Lay said that he also had 2 cows and sold milk to the villagers and taught all his sons to make shoes.
The Dun Cow is mentioned at www.british-
“...However the most sadly missed pub in that part of Oxfordshire is the Dun Cow in Northmoor. It had no bar, just two living rooms, the beer was kept racked in the kitchen and served straight from the barrel. ...”