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Catherine Wheel

Picture source: Colin emery

The Catherine Wheel was situated on the High Street and was probably the first public house in Botley. Like other inns in the village it was a coaching inn, as the arched entrance at the side testifies. It is first mentioned in records of 1545 and was listed in the early nineteenth century trade directories as one of five public houses trading in the square. It was bought by the Church of England Temperance Society in 1882, with major contributions from Mrs Lee, the Rector's wife, and Henry Jenkyns of Botley Hill House, and was rebuilt and enlarged to become a temperance hotel and coffee house. During the Second World War the accommodation was used for troops and evacuees. The grocery and sweet shop, which it had become under the supervision of Bert Earwicker, continued to prosper under the new owners, Mr and Mrs Taylor. In 1980 it was bought by Mr Peter Fagg and was converted to a bakery and remained very popular until it closed in 2003. Some of the stones used in the building are claimed to have been brought to Botley by river barges, which used them as ballast!

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Picture source: Barry Taylor