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Durham Ox

Date of photo: 2017

Copyright Jo Turner and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

 The Durham Ox was situated at 6 Back Lane.
Grade-II listed17th or 18th century house extended early in the 19th century and formerly the Durham Ox pub. Searching directories, there are two beerhouses mentioned throughout mid to late 19th century but in 1846 the only pub I can find is Edward Pridmore, vict. Axe and Saw. In 1848-1850 we start to see the Hereford Ox and Thomas Springthorpe who in 1861 is listed at the Bull and by 1863 at the Durham Ox. 1870 lists James Pridmore and then 1875-76 Butcher George Brown inn-keeper at the Durham Ox Inn. (Also in 1875 the Railway Inn appears). 1880-1895 Edward Stapleford is shown at the Durham Ox followed in 1908 and 1928 entries George Williams Durham Ox P.H. In 1913 the pub sign was burnt down in a village fire that burnt out every thatched building. (Named in 1801 the Durham Ox was a castrated bull who became famous in the early 19th century for his shape, size and weight.)
Steve Turner
We lived in a flat above the Durham Ox, back in 1959 /60 .The landlords name was John Pridmore he ran the pub with the help of his wife, they had a son also named John he was about the same age as me 8/9 yo. John Pridmore was brother to the Farmer across the road, (children Dennis and Joy) , he was also brother to another Pridmore in the village who ran the farm half way up the hill behind the Durham Ox. I think Dennis Pridmore was running a road haulage business in the area.
Frank Penny (February 2021)
I am a buildings archaeologist and I carried out a full survey of the building as well as knowing a long list of publicans. The building as also the Manorial Court and was owned by Sarah Pridmore, it was probably a coaching inn there was a wheelright in the back yard and stabling as well. The original building has been re-evaluated and is likely to be 14th Century, it has evidence of being an open medieval hall cruck frame
Debbie Frearson (February 2021)
The publican in 1901 was William Tinney, a professional cricketer from Welshpool.
John Cowie (April 2021)
Listed building details:
House. C17/C18,extended early C19. Coursed rubble stone with quoins and stone dressings and Collyweston slate roof with brick central ridge, end and rear stacks 1 storeys of 3 2-light dormers over 4 3-light horizontal sliding sash windows, a 2-light casement and central 4-panelled door with overlight. Inside are beams, inglenook, and pair of shouldered upper cruck blades with saddle. Formerly the Durham Ox Public House.

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