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Photograph of 'The Song of the Wymeswold Inns' which used to hang in the White Horse but is now in Wymeswold pharmacy. Photograph by Nick Hando.
The names of the eighteenth and nineteenth century inns in Wymeswold have, wrote S.P. Potter in 1915, 'been preserved in local doggerel, written presumably for mine host of the White Horse.'
The Song of the Wymeswold InnsThe White Horse shall chase The Bull,
And make The Three Crowns fly,
Turn The Shoulder of Mutton upside down,
And make The Fox cry.
My White Horse shall smash The Gate,
Potter then goes on to state that The Gate was formerly the Rose and Crown.
Philip Brown's photograph of the Shoulder of Mutton, Bull's Head and White Horse. The Gate (formerly the Rose and Crown) and the Three Crowns are beyond them on the left but hidden by the bend in the road. This photograph was taken before 1918.
The same view in 1991. The Bull's Head had long been Collington's butchers shop.
Potter also cited the names of some of the seventeenth century publicans. At that time there seem to have been only two licensed premised in the village. Sadly we don't know the names the premises traded under, but it seems likely that the Three Crowns was one of them.
Just to add confusion some of Philip Brown's photographs show what seems to be The Gate (formerly the Rose and Crown) immediately to the west of the Three Crowns.
Alec Moretti summarised the history of these pubs as they were in 1900, confirming that there were only seven at that time, despite the 'doggerel' quoted by Potter naming nine.
An illustration of the Hammer and Pincers (on the left) in S.P. Potter's A History of Wymeswold.
When I moved to Wymeswold in 1986 a pub crawl required four stops: The Windmill, the Hammer and Pincers, the Three Crowns and the White Horse.
This how the Windmill and the White Horse looked in April 1987.
Three Crowns in 1991.
The Hammer and Pincers in 1993.
The White Horse was still trading in October 1993. Curiously early in the twentieth century it had been in a different building to the immediate east, but that was demolished around the time of the Second World War.
The White Horse was a house by May 2008.
Marcia and Pete had taken over the Three Crowns by mid-2008.
Isobel Parr took some video of the Three Crowns in May 2016, before a major 'revamp'. It's on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=62QKPU3RFWM
The Windmill in mid-2008.
No one has checked the licensing records to establish when the Shoulder of Mutton ceased to be a pub. It is now called Lindum House or 25 Far Street.
The Fox was badly damaged by fire – I think in the early 1980s. Two-thirds remained a shell until it was rebuilt by Derek Rumsby and Penny Samuelson about twenty years ago.
Does anyone know where the Red Lion once was? If so please email me email@example.com.
My thanks to Richard Ellison, Paul Howitt and Ivor Perry.