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‘Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns’ programme for Heritage Open Days, September 2017

Salisbury Civic Society and the Salisbury and South Wilts branch of CAMRA will be collaborating on a “Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns” themed programme for the Heritage Open Days in September 2017.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. It’s a chance for the public to see hidden places and try out new experiences.

The Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns events will be a great opportunity to learn more about Salisbury’s fascinating pubs, history and architecture. All events are free although you must pre-book the tours as numbers are limited. Event details and links to the Eventbrite booking site for tours are available on the link below.

Salisbury Pub Heritage Walks

The Heritage Open Days in September will include short walking tours of Salisbury’s pub heritage. The centre of Salisbury once had over 70 pubs and there are more than 300 pub names associated with its historic buildings. Come hear the fascinating history of Salisbury’s existing pubs and its many lost pubs and inns from Ed Garman of CAMRA. The walks will include refreshment stops on route.

Tours: Friday 8th Sept and Saturday 9th Sept. Places are limited to 14 per tour and must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Lost and Found: An Exhibition of Salisbury’s Historic Pubs and Inns

Local Salisbury artist Fred Fieber has now completed over 80 drawings of Salisbury’s lost and existing pubs. The Public Library, our venue for the exhibition, is on the site of one of Salisbury’s lost Inns – the Maidenhead Inn. Copies of Fred’s drawings will be available for sale from the Library along with details of all the other events celebrating Salisbury’s historic pubs and Inns during the Heritage Open Days.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 2nd– Saturday 9th September ground floor Salisbury Public Library.

The Wyndham Arms: first home of Salisbury’s Historic Hop Back Brewery

As part of a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the brewery, the Wyndham Arms and the Hop Back Brewery will have an exhibition to mark the occasion in the upstairs function room of the pub.

Exhibition dates: Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September upstairs function room Wyndham Arms

The Rai d’Or: unveiling by Phil Harding of a Blue Plaque commemorating Agnes Bottenham

At 12.15 on Thursday 7th September local archaeologist Phil Harding will be unveiling a Salisbury Civic Society Blue Plaque outside the Rai d’Or pub and restaurant dedicated to Agnes Bottenham, C14th publican and founder of nearby Trinity Hospital.

 Roman Beer: A Heritage Open Day’s lecture at Salisbury Rugby Club

Come along and hear about the origins of our national drink on Thursday 7th September 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Salisbury Rugby Club. The bar will be open for refreshments.

The Haunch of Venison Pub Salisbury

This mid-C15th building is one of Salisbury’s most historic and atmospheric pubs and is listed in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.  Hidden away behind the upstairs restaurant and not normally accessible to the public, is the “Churchill bar” where it is said that Winston Churchill and Ike Eisenhower took refreshment when staying at Wilton House and planning the invasion of Europe during WW II.  You will be able to visit this bar only during the Heritage Open Day tours.

Tours: dates and times Thursday 7th September 4.30pm-5pm, Friday 8th September 4.30pm -5 pm. Places are limited to 12 per tour and must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

The Former Three Crowns Inn Harnham

The former Three Crowns Inn now a family-run guesthouse, was a winner of a 2016 Conservation Award from the Salisbury Civic Society.  This partly C18th listed grade II building had been derelict for some years before its restoration. What made the conservation work standout was the rescue of some remarkable and elaborate C18th plasterwork within the buildings main room, now the guest house dining room. This plasterwork will be viewed during the tours.

Tours: Thursday 7th Sept 13.00 & 14.00; Friday 8th Sept 12.00, 13.00 & 14.00. Places are limited to 12 per tour and must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

To book visits and walks please go to our booking page Heritage Open Days 2017






Historic Open Days Schedule & Poster

The Civic Society Historic Open days took place over three days 10,11,12 September 2015. The focus was to the west of the city centre, the theme being ‘Go West- Award Winners and Hospitals’.

Around 200 people in total enjoyed the visits and the weather was kind to us. Working outward from the city centre; Pembroke House, part of the former Salisbury Infirmary. was open on Friday and Saturday and proved very popular. The residents had put together a display of the site through the years – not just in its days as an infirmary but also before the infirmary itself was built. Delicious home made cakes were available to purchase.

At St. Paul’s roundabout, both the church extension and the SP2 community building were open in the afternoons. Moving westwards to Wilton Road, a number of buildings which were either part of, or on the site of, the Old Manor Hospital were open. The Quaker Meeting House was open in the afternoons and the Quakers arranged a very interesting talk by Roger Harrison about the building in its hospital days but also about how attitudes and ideas about mental health had changed over the years.

The Salisbury Medical Practice incorporates the former ballroom of the Old Manor and a blue badge guide and a member of staff led groups on Thursday and Friday around a modern purpose built medical facility but giving a flavour of its rather different medical past.

Opposite, No. 4 The Paragon, a private house, was open to the public each day, which for many was the highlight of the event in seeing how an early Victorian house could be rescued from dilapidation and institutional use and restored to residential use once again. Many thanks to Nick Ludlow for generously opening his house to the public. Blue badge guides led this tour following on from a visit to Salisbury Manor Care Home. This also incorporated the shell of a building from the Old Manor days, but having been rebuilt and considerably extended to form a bright modern care home.

Finally, The Foyer, a modern building providing supported living accommodation for young people on the site of the former Orchard House of the Old Manor was open on Thursday and Friday where staff were on hand to explain about the purpose of the building and it’s energy saving features.

Feedback from participants in the event has been very positive. Many thanks to the blue badge guides: Margaret, Shirley and Kathy, and also to the owners, residents and staff of the ‘open’ buildings.

Judy Howles