Today, there are only four of Southam’s once well-established public houses left in town, yet it was said that Southam had a public house for every 60 persons living there and indeed, the 1901 census records indicate that there was still one public house per 149 persons in the Southam licencing district. So why was this particularly so at Southam?
Ale or beer has always been a part of the British diet, because the process of brewing made it safer to drink than water, but the ‘Inn’ offered much more with full refreshment and accommodation for passing merchants, court officials, farmers and pilgrims, as well as providing centres for markets, fairs, auctions, gambling, gentleman’s sports, travelling theatres and many other businesses and entertainment. The warmer, inner rooms and bedrooms provided comfort for the gentleman, while the bar and outbuildings provided simpler accommodation for the labourer, each keeping to their own area.
Open May 29th – Sept 30th 2017, Tuesday and Saturday mornings 10:00 to 12:00. Admission free.
Venue: Vivian House basement, entry off Park Lane (CV47 0HF).
Contact us for group visits at other times.