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Hare & Hounds
|Date of photo: 2009
Picture source: Google
The Hare & Hounds was situated on Couching Street.
This grade-II listed pub closed in 1990.
John Hampden was said to have stayed at the inn the night before
the Battle of Chalgrove in 1643 and to have left a chest containing money
for the payment of troops in the care of the landlord, Robert Parslow,
before he left. Being fatally wounded in the battle he never collected the
chest. Years later Parslow set up a charity to help the poor of the town.
A hotel with outbuildings and a ballroom on the first floor, latterly a
Inn, now hotel. Early C17, remodelled
and extended c1720/30. Early C18 front of grey header bond brick with red
brick dressings; gabled old tile roof; C17 brick ridge stack. Original
3-unit cross-passage plan extended c1720/30. 2 storeys; 8-window range with
4 central bays brought forward. Gauged brick flat arch and C19 flat hood
over C18 eight-panelled door to left. Segmental arch over C20 Venetian
window to left: gauged brick flat arches over 5 blocked windows, late C18
ground-floor sashes and c1720/30 first-floor sashes with thick glazing
bars: raised red brick storey band. c1720/1730 five-bay extension to right
in similar materials and style has C19 flat hood over C19 double doors with
overlight, late C18 ground-floor sashes, and c1720/30 first-floor sashes
with similar sash in right gable wall. C18 rear 2-storey stair-turret
adjoining mid C19 two-storey lean-to with sashes. Interior: C17 three-unit
range to left has chamfered beams in cellars; chamfered and stopped beams;
chamfered bressumer over open fireplace to left; queen-post roof. Dog-left
staircase with turned balusters and turned finials on square newel posts.
Ballroom to right has dado panelling and c1720/30 fireplace.
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