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North Street

Face the splendid Georgian and Jacobean buildings of North Street. On the left-hand corner stands the site of the Saracen’s Head Inn, which counted celebrated C18th bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu among its patrons. Dating from the C14th, it developed from lodgings provided for stewards of the Lord of the Manor, eventually becoming a community hub until the C19th when it was sold and finally demolished in c1860. The original inn was replaced by a smaller building, retaining the name, Saracen’s Head, which remained an important coaching inn into the 1930s. It was demolished to make way for the current shop in the 1960s.

13 North Street was the home of Capt. Francis Eppes, founder of Hopewell, Virginia, which he named after the ship that carried him over the Atlantic in 1635. At the far-right end of the road is the Masonic Lodge, which holds a secret – it is the birthplace of Sir John Furley, who founded St John Ambulance in 1877.

Read more about some of the buildings in North Street:

Comprises only an extract of the list entry for the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

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