Woodstock Arms

Woodstock Arms Sign


Cask Ales

We are particularly proud of our traditional Cask Ales. Finishing these ales on site we know that the care we put into finishing the brewing process makes all the difference to the pint you drink. Our time and professionalism is worth every moment to bring you the best pint of ale possible.

We usually have three ales on tap with guest ales featuring on a regular basis. Many customers have sampled their very first pint of cask ale with us and are now real ale converts. Whether you like rich dark ale or a golden light ale we have the perfect drink just waiting for you with the same consistent taste and quality each time you visit. Why not ask us if you can sample a real cask ale when you visit next time? We are only too pleased to be able to give you a full explanation of the ales on offer and a taste so that you can find the pint you will love.

Art on Show

We are very fortunate to be showcasing the works of Mary Knowland and David W Jones.

Call in to see and possibly buy these stunning works.

About The Woodstock Arms

The building occupies three sites long held by the corporation. (fn. 28) On the west, next to the guild hall, was a tenement held in the earlier 16th century by John Phillips of Kirtlington and sold in 1553 to John Crossley. (fn. 29) The Crossleys' tenant from the early 17th century was Thomas Heathen, serjeant-at-mace, (fn. 30) who before 1638 acquired the freehold, which his grandson sold to the corporation in 1699. The house was rebuilt and let to successive serjeants. (fn. 31) The Heathens and later serjeants were licensed alehouse keepers and under Thomas Norris, serjeant 1738-72, the house was the Woodstock Arms. (fn. 32) After the death of George Wilsden in 1838 the connexion with the serjeanty was broken. (fn. 33)

In 1879 the Woodstock Arms was merged with corporate property on the east. A tenement in Woolmarket Street owned in 1528 by the wardens of St. Mary's chantry may be identified by its rent of 16s. as that let by the corporation in the later 16th century to Henry Wilkinson and later to John Dubber. (fn. 34) It was on the site of the east half of the Woodstock Arms and behind it stood the town's wool barn, usually excepted from leases of the plot in the 17th century but sometimes held with it; (fn. 35) William Perring (d. 1700), tailor, held both house and barn, but thereafter the barn was not mentioned. Perring and his successor John Puddle, tenant until the 1730s, were alehouse keepers, and the house was named the Three Tuns by 1742. (fn. 36) In 1735 the corporation agreed to let it to James Simmons, builder, on condition that he rebuild it in stone 'as high as the serjeant's house'. (fn. 37) It was probably then that the plot was divided to provide a narrow house and shop on the west. (fn. 38) On the south the Three Tuns plot extended to High Street; the Beckleys, tenants from the mid 18th century, had a cottage and blacksmith's shop on the site of no. 7 High Street, which may have replaced the wool barn. (fn. 39) In 1813 Halls' Oxford Brewery became lessee of the Three Tuns, which was soon afterwards renamed the Duke of Wellington and, shortly before 1830, the Royal Oak. (fn. 40) In 1879 it was let with the adjacent house and shop to the tenant of the Woodstock Arms, (fn. 41) and probably then the buildings were amalgamated. The corporation sold the Woodstock Arms during the Second World War.

The west part of the building, a three windowed range with a central doorway, is substantially the house rebuilt in 1699, and the east part, a five-windowed range of which the west end was presumably the former tailor's house and shop, is that rebuilt in 1735-7; the whole was refenestrated in the 19th century and the interior much altered. The site of no. 7 High Street, let separately by the corporation in the later 19th century as a cottage and shed, was used from the 1880s by W. C. Brotherton as a furniture warehouse and probably rebuilt in 1892 as the surviving house and shop. (fn. 42)

From: 'Woodstock: Buildings', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock (1990), pp. 342-360. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=5538 Date accessed: 18 January 2012.

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