Western Daily Press, 8th August 1980 – Mr West’s Diary “Why it’s last orders for Ellenor, 73”: Granny Ellenor Dix, 73, has a kitchen bulging with booze. Her living room and larder, too, are well stocked with beer, cider and wines. And any neighbour who knocks on her front door is sure to be offered his favourite tipple.

But don’t all rush at once for Mrs Dix is not some kind of alcoholic philanthropist. She has a licence to sell intoxicating drink from a hstch in the front door of her cottage home at Hill End, Twyning, near Tewkesbury. But sadly it looks as though Britain’s strangest off-licence will soon close after being open for 15 hours a day, seven days a week for the last century.

“I am not in the best of health any more and I just cannot manage to keep it going,” said Mrs Dix yesterday. Mrs Dix’s husband Lewis, who used to run the off licence died in January, aged 81. He and his wife were the third generation of the family to run the beer-at-home service. Mrs Dix has now put her home up for sale, but she is hoping the buyer will want to take over the Justices’ licence as well.

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