Portrait of a Parish - Page 15

Wheelwright Arms

Situated at the top of Mill Lane, the inn was built around 1750 and had various uses, receiving its licence in 1871. Part of its premises was a wheelwrights workshop until 1936. It is now the Wheelwrights Arms which, as well as playing a part in the social life locally, also accommodates tourists with visitors coming from all over the world to stay there. At lunchtimes local customers come from the nearby offices and in the evenings, masters from the school welcome an escape to its more relaxed surroundings. Apart from the innkeepers it has another resident called Albert, a poltergeist who frequently causes unexplained disturbances on the premises.

Wheelwrights Arms

At the time of writing, planning permission is being sought for change of use of the pub to residential accommodation.

Since the book was written, planning permission was refused following a campaign by the villagers. The owners have now decided to carry on running it as a pub, much to the delight of the villagers who are exceedingly grateful to the owners for staying.

The owner have now sold the Wheelwrights but it remains a public house with accommodation. It is now more a eating place than a pub - excellent foot - and as such some of the locals who used to meet up there for a pint and a chat go to pubs in Combe Down which cater more for the pub side.

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