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The picture shows the old
sport of that name, featured in the film The Railway Children and
more commonly know as a paper chase. The Chieveley pub was in East
Lane; a wonderful 17th century building with a skittle alley,
demolished to build a doctors’ surgery. The Beenham one was a
Wethereds/Whitbread pub on the A4 where the Holiday Inn Reading West
2. The Fox and Cubs, Lilley - StreetView Link
This former little Morland
alehouse on the B4494 north of Brightwalton is now a private house,
but retains the lovely ‘artist’ plaque in its wall.
3. The Travellers Rest, Tutts Clump - StreetView Link
The picture of a motel
indicates this name. Actually at the top of Dingley Hill and next to
Tutts Clump Cider, this alehouse was bought by a couple from
Reading, run for 6 months, then turned into a private house – but
not without a fight!
4. The Star, East Ilsley & Newbury - StreetView Link - StreetView Link
The East Ilsley pub was
another wonderful old building that was not converted to housing
without a fight by CAMRA. The one in Newbury was a tiny alehouse
which stood on the corner of London Road and Pelican Lane, opposite
The Cross Keys.
5. The Wheatsheaf, Chieveley - StreetView Link
Another excellent Morland
village pub converted to a house but retaining the plaque.
6. The Adam and Eve, Greenham/Newbury - StreetView Link
A rambling old pub which
stood at the junction of the A339 and Queen’s Road, opposite Burger
King. Demolished to make way for the Sandleford Link.
7. The Railway Tavern, Greenham/Newbury - StreetView Link
Another former Morland pub
which stood right on the southern side of the A339 bridge over the
railway and was also a victim of the Sandleford Link. The Andy
Williams song, The Railway Hotel, is said to describe it perfectly!
8. The Red Lion, Compton & Lambourn - StreetView Link - StreetView Link
The Compton pub stood
outside the village just up a side lane off Apple Pie Hill, and is
now a private house. The one in Lambourn was a big hotel which stood
in the Market Place, opposite the church. It is now a residential
complex called Lion Mews.
9. The Stocks, Beenham - StreetView Link
Standing at the eastern end
of this long village, this free house was turned into a private
house by its owner, but, again, not easily!
10. The Axe and Compasses (later The Nut and Bolt), Burnt Hill/Yattendon - StreetView Link
Bought by a couple called
Bolton in the 1970s, who changed the name. When asked why, they
said, ‘Because we are the Bolts and all our customers are nuts!’ Now
a private house.
11. The Oxford Arms (now The Tally Ho), Hungerford Newtown - StreetView Link
The arms of the City of
Oxford indicate the former name of this pub on the A338 south of the
M4. Now closed with a proposal for conversion to housing, but watch
12. The Lamb, Lambourn & Hungerford - StreetView Link - StreetView Link
The Lamb on the Newbury Road
in Lambourn has been closed for several years, and unidentified
building work is going on. The one in Charnham Street, Hungerford
has had a chequered career and is currently on the market.
13. The Blue Ball, Greenham/Newbury - StreetView Link
The clue could equally well
be The Globe, but The Blue Ball in Kintbury used this sign until
recently. Close to the A338 by the Greenham roundabout, the Newbury
one has suffered 5 or 6 planning applications for change of use in
the past few years, but it’s still there!
14. The Black Boys, Newbury - StreetView Link
Closed many years ago, this
pub stood at the bottom of Bartholomew Street, by the railway bridge
of that name.
15. The George and Pelican, Newbury - StreetView Link
The sign shows the area of
Speenhamland bounded by London Road and Pelican Lane, with a
galleried inn in the corner. This indicates the site of the famous
18th century coaching inn The George and Pelican, but the pub in
question is the modern one in Bartholomew Street which closed in
16. The Marquis of Granby, Brightwalton - StreetView Link
The sign is of the 18th
century cavalry general who lost his hat and wig in a charge, which
gave rise to the saying, ‘going at it bald-headed’. He later used
his money to set up many of his former NCOs in pubs, hence the large
number of pubs of that name. Our pub stood on the B4494 almost
opposite the turning to Brightwalton Holt.
17. The Rising Sun, Newbury - StreetView Link
A bit devious, this one! The
Rising Sun (Son) is a punning reference to the up-and-coming
Charles, Prince of Wales in the 17th century. It was the sign used
by the Newbury pub which stood on the corner of Bear Lane. Replaced
by the Kentucky Fried Chicken.
18. The Prancing Horse, Thatcham - StreetView Link
The famous Ferrari badge
indicates this former pub in London Road, Thatcham, which was
renamed by a Ferrari enthusiast in 1968, but closed in 1998.
19. The Castle, Newbury - StreetView Link
This former brewery tap of
the Newbury Brewery Company stood in Jack Street, off Northbrook
Street, and was variously known as The Captain’s Cabin and Uncle
Henry’s. Demolished to make way for the Parkway development.
20. The Eight Bells, Newbury - StreetView Link
Still there in Bartholomew
Street, and has been used for a number of purposes, but no longer a
Roy Bailey – December 2012
Original design: Roy Bailey & Rob Wright - 1999. Website Redesign: Rich Milligan - 2012