Does anyone know the origin of the term "kiddlies"? I'm not sure of the spelling of the singular form of the word. I checked the BA Dictionary of brewing and the CAMRA Dictionary of Beer, and I googled various spellings of it, but no luck.

This phrase: "numerous kiddlies (small ale-house mostly selling their own ale) which were always busy" appears in this book: "To Brave Every Danger - the epic life of Mary Bryant of Fowey", by Judith Cook

My friend, a beer drinker, has the last name "Kiddle" and is trying to find out if it might have come from this term.

Thanks in advance for any clues.


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