The Horn Inn

The Horn Inn
The Horn Inn

Map of 1899

The Horn Inn

‘The Horn Inn’, closed in 1944, was just next to and south of ‘The Chequers Inn’ and is now a residential property, ‘Hillside’.

The building dates from the mid to late 18th Century and is made from coursed limestone rubble with a late C19 tile roof. The name and sign (photo below) presumably derived from the legend of The Pusey Horn.

There was a hatch (‘the pop hole’) in the wall where children or anyone not wanting to go into the pub could get served. The Inn served as a kind of off-licence, also selling cigarettes, sweets and crisps.

The Horn had an entrance facing The Green and also access from Buckland Road and Chapel Lane.

Maud Ody notes on P20 of her book that (in 1924-1930) ‘the sign was one of a bullock’s horns hanging on a cord and was quite a pleasing picture when swaying in the breeze’.

Around 1944 Morlands decided that it was not feasible to run two pubs in the village and The Horn was sold and became a residential property ‘Hillside’.

The Horn Inn [Sheila Terry]
The Horn Inn [Sheila Terry]

Publicans included;

Date Name Source
1851 Richard Woodbridge (b.1806 est)

Charlotte Woodbridge – Wife

Ann Eliza Woodbridge – Daughter

Rebecca Woodbridge – Daughter

Richard Woodbridge -Son, Scholar

Matilda Woodbridge -Daughter, Scholar at home

James Woodbridge -Son

Edwin Woodbridge- Son

Charlotte Woodbridge – Mother/Grandmother, Parish Relief aged 73

Mary Ann Belcher/Servant

1883, 1887 William Pembroke Kelly’s Directory of Berkshire, 1883 & 1887
1891 Isaac King (?)
1907 – 1931 Mr and Mrs Henry Rutland  Also mentioned in Maud Ody’s book

Faringdon Advertiser, Saturday 2nd September 1865


Petty Sessions, Tuesday – Present, Viscount Barrington, Hon. G. W. Barrington, and T. L. Goodlake and G. Murray, Esqrs. – The licences of the several public houses in the division were renewed, and there were two applications for new ones. The first was by Mrs. Charlotte Woodbridge, for the “Horns” at Charney, which was granted. Mr. Haines supported the application, Mr. Ormond, of Wantage, opposed. ….