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Monday 12th December 2005 14:40

Question:
I wish to find out about the Waggon and Horses pub in Wootton Bassett.

Answer:
The High Street was an important route way and market place and was the site of several inns. The major ones were the Angel, the Crown and the Cross Keys, with the Waggon and Horses being a more modest establishment. Parts of the building date from the 16th and 17th centuries but we do not have the information of when it was first licensed as an ale house. I would think that it was reasonably early but the first licensee we have in a directory is J. Teagle in 1848.

There tended to be a strict hierarchy in the places where men drank on market day. From its name I suspect that the Waggon and Horses would have attracted the carters and higher ranks of farm labourers, whereas the farmers would have been at the Angel and the Crown and farm labourers and drovers at one of the smaller drinking houses.

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