When this photograph of the Old Masons was taken the landlady and licensee was Ellen Lawn and intriguingly she had been widowed twice whilst living at the pub! She was born in Woodlesford and her first husband was Arthur Bramley, also a local lad, the son of Richard Bramley, a brewer at Bentley's. Arthur worked there as a labourer before he became the publican at the Old Masons in the 1880s. Arthur and Ellen had four daughters by the time Arthur died, at the age of 38, in 1897. Within a couple of years Ellen had married a man 8 years younger than her, Herbert Webster Lawn, who was also strongly connected to the brewery. His family lived at Leventhorpe and his father, James, was a carter delivering beer for Bentley's. Herbert worked there as a clerk before marrying Ellen and becoming the licensee at the Old Masons. In 1900 Herbert and Ellen had a baby daughter who was christened Margaret. Herbert passed away in 1907, also at the age of 38, and Ellen was still running the pub in 1911 helped by two of her daughters, Alice and Isabel. Ellen was living in Claremont Street, with her daughter Florence, when she died in 1931 at the age of 72.
THE LOCAL REPOSITORY
Leeds Times, Saturday 1 August 1835
On Saturday, an inquest was held before Mr. Thomas Lee, coroner for the township of Wakefield, at the house of Mr. J. Rhodes, Old Masons' Arms Inn, Oulton, on view of the body of Mrs. Flint, aged 58, who fell down on the previous day while in the garden, and instantly expired.
On the post mortem examination of the body, it was ascertained that a fit of apoplexy had been the immediate cause of death. The jury returned a verdict, that the deceased died by the visitation of God.
LOCAL & DISTRICT
Leeds Times, Saturday 19 August 1882
The White Rose Senate of Romans held their first dinner on Monday evening, at the Old Masons' Arms Inn, Oulton. Brother Berwick, a member of the Central Council, took the chair. Speeches were made, and songs sungs by Brother Hudaway and others. This branch is winning the support of the young men of the district.