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Date of photo: 2017
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Durham Ox was situated at 6 Back Lane.
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.)
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
Debbie Frearson (February 2021)
The publican in 1901 was William
Tinney, a professional cricketer from Welshpool.
John Cowie (April 2021)
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 1½ 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
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