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Carfax Hotel



The Carfax Hotel sat on the corner of Sussex Street and Station Approach. Earlier it was Saunders, a cycle shop. This closed in 1918 and became the Carfax hotel. Sharp's Temperance Hotel occupied numbers 1 and 2 Station Approach and when Sharp's closed in 1929 Carfax expanded into its premises. The name Carfax is generated from the French word "carrefours" meaning the meeting of the roads. The location of the Carfax Hotel was at the meeting of six roads. These are Sussex St, Station Approach, Andover Road, Swan Lane, City Road and Stockbridge Road. The hotel was closed in the 1960s and was used for some time by the then Winchester Teacher Training College to house students. When this role ended the site was cleared to widen Sussex St and form the corner of the modern Hampshire Record Office.
Source: Barry Taylor
My grandmother, Mrs Hilda Lane, ran this pub for a period of time. After my grandfather died in 1927, she had four children to support and tried initially to earn a living running a bakery from her home in Fleet. I am not sure what date she moved to Winchester, however she gave up the hotel around 1936. She had gone to look after her ill sister for a period of weeks, leaving my father and aunt, then aged 18 and 19, to look after the hotel. When she turned, both her children looked exhausted and he decided the hotel was too much for them. What she didn't know was that my father and aunt has in fact been taking advantage of her absence to have a good time partying!
Meredith Sanders (November 2013)

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Peter Brown 1965 At the age of 6 I stayed here with my parents before flying to Australia to live. I remember walking with my Dad down North Walls as far as the Police Station (which I vaguely remember being on the right and not where it is now).