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The Volunteer Inn was situated at 62
North Street. This grade-II listed pub
closed in 1957 and is
now in residential use.
Two houses, now 3. Late C17/early
C18. Materials: limestone rubble with Ham Hill stone buttresses, stepped
stone coping and brick stacks to ends and party wall. Plain tile roof with 3
lower courses of stone slates. Plan: each original house was of 2-unit plan;
No.62, to the right has a later rear wing to the left. Exterior: 2 storeys;
each original house of symmetrical 3-window range. All openings have wooden
lintels and all windows are 3-light casements with 2 panes to each light.
The central original doors are planked and studded with wrought-iron strap
hinges inside. No.66 has a C20 door inserted to the left of that to No.64.
Interior: The ground floor to No.62 is stone flagged, it has a cross beam in
both rooms resting on the window lintels; these are square toward the front
and chamfered to the rear with long run-out stops. The room to the right has
a deep chimney breast with a C20 fireplace, and evidence of a staircase to
its left. The C19 rear wing, cut into rising ground, has two wide, low
segmental arches which were storage for barrels in the C19, when it was a
public house. Subsidiary features: spearhead forecourt railings on a
rubblestone revetment wall have plain gate piers to sides and centre; high
rubblestone walls enclose the gardens to the sides and rear and attach to
the rear wing; to the right corner of No.62 is a stable block with a
morticed beam to a former upper floor and a former door to first-floor rear.
Painted onto the right-hand buttress can be seen "Good stabling and well
aired beds". This was the Volunteer Inn.
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My parents, Wally and Ada Jeffery were the last landlords
at the Volunteer. When it closed they moved to
The Crown in south street where they
were landlords for many years