A local historian and a Buckingham architect have teamed up to create an architectural tour of Buckingham’s pubs.
The Buckingham Pub Trail has be devised by Buckingham historian Ed Grimsdale and architect Warren Whyte as part of the Love Architecture Festival 2013, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The national festival, which explores and celebrates the architecture that makes up our homes, communities and workplaces, runs from today, Friday, until Sunday, June 30.
The Buckingham Pub Trail takes walkers on a self-guided circular tour of the town, starting outside the Old Gaol, passing nine existing or former hostelries.
A guide to the trail, describing the history and architecture of the pubs and other buildings on the route, can be downloaded from the RIBA website at www.lovearchitecture.org/event.html?event=779
The guide provides a wealth of fascinating historical information.
Did you know, for instance, that therear garden of 13 High Street was once an orchard and ‘quoiting ground’?
Or that the Mitre, on Mitre Street, once had a riverside frontage, before the river was moved east after 1850?
The Vintage Boutique on West Street, is in a building once known as the Lord Cobham’s Arms Inn. With its grand carriage entrance, it was built by Lord Cobham in 1743 to house some of the visitors to Stowe Gardens.