Public Houses

At The Sign of the Angel

on Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in Lacock Village, Public Houses

At The Sign of the Angel

From the architecture we know that the Angel Inn was built in the late 15th century, probably as an inn. This was a time when the wool trade was flourishing and the property is believed to have converted into a wool merchant’s house in the 16th and 17th centuries. It has one of the finest examples of a ‘horse passage’ in the village. The name is derived from the gold coin known as an angel.

The Carpenters Arms

on Friday, 17 July 2015. Posted in Lacock Village, Public Houses

The Carpenters Arms

The Carpenters Arms is a 17th to 18th century building located on Church Street where the old market would have been held.  The oldest record referring to The Carpenters Arms at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre dates back to 15th November 1780. 

The George Inn and Some of its Occupants

on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Posted in Lacock Village, Public Houses

The George Inn is situated at 4, West Street in Lacock. The Lacock archive has at least four references to show that immediately before it was called the George the inn was known as the Black Boy. Charles Henry Talbot noted that Proceeding of Court records from 15th August 1726 show the George Inn was formerly called the Black Boy. This information is also included in some lease agreements; in 1734 between John Pritchett and John Talbot, in 1764 between John Talbot and Ambrose Hayward and again in the 1832 lease assignment to John Miles. Each document refers to “The George Inn, formerly known as the Black Boy”. The Black Boy seems to have been a popular name for inns and public houses between the 17th and early 19th centuries. There are several modern theories about the origin of the name which include references to blacksmiths, chimney sweep’s boys, the slave trade and the popularity among some wealthy people of having an ornately dressed African servant. Another theory is that it was a nickname for King Charles II due to his dark complexion. The current sign indicates that the George Inn was named in honour of the Hanoverians, possibly George II who became king in 1727.

The George exterior

The Red Lion Through the Centuries

on Tuesday, 07 February 2017. Posted in Lacock Village, Public Houses

In April 1923, Country Life Magazine described the Red Lion Inn as “A dignified south east end to the High Street. Renaissance in the matter of style”. The distinctive red brick and stone façade remains the same as when it was built in the 1730s. It has been in continuous use as an inn, enjoyed by both the local community and visitors alike throughout the centuries. The Red Lion has always played a significant part in the life of Lacock and the inhabitants of the Abbey.

In June 1903, the Lacock land agent, Richard Foley, described the interior of the inn in a letter to a prospective tenant: “It is a large house having a bar, bar parlour, private sitting room, kitchen, office downstairs. The first floor has a club room adjoining and 3 or 4 rooms and 3 bedrooms. There is extensive stabling”. Foley also said that the rental of £50 per annum included a 4 ½ acre field, “used for village fetes and ‘amusements’”.