1881: Sale of 'Bridge Inn' Beer-House, Wootton Bassett

Advertisements in the Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle, 26th November and 5th December 1881.

[Sale of various properties including beer-houses in and around Wootton Bassett. The list included the 'Bridge Inn', run by the Moody family for several decades afterwards, and described the setting of the beer-house and the wharf on the Wilts & Berks Canal. It also included George Twine's beer-house in Wood Street. ]



Mr WM. TEAGLE is instructed to OFFER for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the ROYAL OAK HOTEL, WOOTTON BASSETT, on THURSDAY, the 8th day of DECEMBER , 1881, at two for three o'clock in the Afternoon, the following PROPERTIES IN LOTS.

Lot 1. - A FREEHOLD HOUSE, called “The Lamb Inn”, in High-Street, Wootton Bassett, in the occupation of Mr George Pearce, at the yearly rent of £12 and licensed as an Indoor Beer-House.

Lot 2. - A FREEHOLD COTTAGE & GARDEN, situate at the east end of the High Street of Wootton Bassett in the occupation of Mrs Elisabeth Leighfield, at the yearly rent of £4. There is a large well situate upon this property, from which an abundant supply of good water can be obtained.

Lot 3. - A LEASEHOLD HOUSE, called “The Bridge Inn”, licensed as an INDOOR BEER-HOUSE, situate at Marlborough-road, Wootton Bassett, at the side of the Wilts and Berks Canal,  and near the Wootton Bassett Railway Station. This house, from its excellent position, does a first rate trade. Adjoining the house is a wharf on the canal, with large yard for storage, and barges using the wharf pay the usual tolls. Also, TWO convenient LEASEHOLD COTTAGES, abutting upon the wharf yard. The whole of this lot is in the occupation of Mrs. Catherine Garlick, at the low annual rent of £25, and is held upon a lease from the trustees of Sir Henry Meux's Estate, for a term, of which 25 years are unexpired, at the nominal rent of £1 per annum.

Lot 4. - A desirable and newly-built FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE and SHOP, at Stratton Green, in the parish of Stratton St. Margaret, licensed as an OUT-DOOR BEER-HOUSE, with stabling and other outbuildings; and also the LAND adjoining, containing nearly 2½ acres. Part of the land is now used as a Brickyard, and there is an ample supply of brick earth. The property is in the occupation of Mr Thomas Page, at the annual rent of £35.     

For further particulars, apply to the AUCTIONEER, Little Somerford, Chippenham; to MESSRS MANE AND RODWAY, Solicitors, Trowbridge; or to Messrs MULLINGS, ELLETT and Co., Solicitors, Wootton Bassett.

This was joined by a second advertisement on 5th December for another set of beer-houses:




is instructed to submit for PUBLIC COMPETITION (unless in the meantime disposed of by Private Contract), at the ROYAL OAK HOTEL, WOOTTON BASSETT, on THURSDAY, the 8th day of DEC. 1881, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon, immediately after the sale of the Wootton Basset Steam Brewery (subject to conditions),


Lot 1. - TWO FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSES (one of which is used as a Beerhouse) with the Out-offices and Gardens belonging thereto, situate at Gorse Hill, Swindon, in the Parish of Stratton Saint Margaret, now in the occupation of Mr J. B. Applin and his Under-tenant, at Rents amounting together to £33 16s per annum.

Lot 2. - A Licensed Freehold BEERHOUSE and SHOP, situate and being No. 50, Regent-street, New Swindon, now in the occupation of James Kibblewhite, at the Yearly Rent of £26.

Lot 3. - A Freehold BEERHOUSE (formerly two Dwelling-Houses) with the Garden, Outbuildings and Appartenances [sic] thereto belonging, situate at The Forty, in the Parish of Cricklade Saint Sampson, now in the occupation of John Hewer, at the Annual Rent of £12.

Lot 4. - A Freehold BEERHOUSE, known as the Forester's Arms, situate at Dogridge, in the Parish of Purton, with Out-buildings and a good Garden, containing about 12 perches, now in the occupation of John Ricks, at the Annual Rent of £11.

Lot 5. A Freehold BEERHOUSE, situate in Wood-street, Wootton Bassett, now in the occupation of George Twine, at the very low Rent of £8.

Lot 6. A Freehold BEERHOUSE, situate at Westrop, Highworth, with the COTTAGE adjoining, now in the occupation of Charles Linsey and his Under-tenant, at an Annual Rent of £14 10s.

Lot 4 is licensed as an In-door Beerhouse, and the other Lots as Out-door Beerhouses. All the Properties are well situated and command a good trade.

To view, apply to the respective Tenants, and for all further particulars to the Auctioneer, Little Somerford, Chippenham; to
Messrs CLARK & SMITH, Solicitors, Malmesbury;
or to                            Messrs MULLINGS, ELLETT & Co., Solicitors, Wootton Bassett.