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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.
This was a grade-II listed 17th or 18th century house extended early in the 19th century. Information is thin on the ground and the only landlord I've found is 'George William' 1928. 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.) Also known as The Hereford Ox.
Source: Steve
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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