The Horse and Groom is a functioning pub with rooms which has been serving the locals in some capacity since the mid 1600's. I am descended from the Bould family who lived here and welcomed weary travelers since at least 1690 until its sale in 1898. It has taken me more than a decade to collect enough documents to put together the story of my familys time in Upper Oddington. This has included the usual birth, marriage and death certificates, land deeds, poll taxes, church visitations. old maps , antiquarian books and early newspapers. My favorite part of the research was visiting the village in person, traipsing around the cemetery at the Church of St. Nicholas , sitting in the family pew and of course stopping in for Steak and Ale Pie at the Horse and Groom.
Simon Jackson and his lovely wife were the owners on the occasions when I visited. They gave me the grand tour and shared anecdotes about the recent history of the place. I was surprised to find that the pub no longer had a cellar. The cellar figured prominently in the documents I had.This was where they brewed their own recipe of ale. The ale was served in the pub and there is a connection to another direct ancestor named Breakspeare associated with the brew house. Purveyors of brew will know the name. The particulars of sale of the property from 1898 describe the location of the cellar. After comparing notes we discovered that a large dip in the land behind the building (which Simon had thought was at one time a pond,) was actually where soil had been removed to fill in the cellar. Below is an 1898 description of the property which included land depicted on the map below.
A document search performed for me by author and genealogist Elizabeth Jacks of the Gloucestershire Archives turned up several maps including this one from more than a century earlier. Comparing it to a modern day Google Earth map is astounding as the village has seen very little significant changes in the landscape.
|1787 Map of Upper Oddington|
|The 2017 Google Earth Map of Upper Oddington|
In 2016 the H & G changed hands and I understand the new owners are doing a fabulous job of maintaining the historic atmosphere and adding their own flair to the menu. I can hardly wait for my next visit!
I wonder if they have met the resident ghost? More tales to come!
|Auction of the Horse and Groom, Upper Oddington, Glos. 1898|
|The Glamorous Genealogist visiting the Ancestral PUB!|
If you are researching this area of the Cotswolds or any of the following surnames from this area, please feel free to contact me.
Below is a list of books about Upper Oddington or books which offer significant insight into the history of the area.
Yeoman of the Cotswolds by Porter and Abbott ISBN 1-897817-48-7
20th Century Oddington by Digweed and Hall ISBN 0-9537-4260-1
A Rogues Gallery by Elizabeth Jacks ISBN 978-0-7524-5129-9
Prehistoric Gloucestershire by Timothy Darvill ISBN 0-86299-460-8
Bristol & Gloucestershire Archeological Society Transactions Vol 104 1986
The Cuckoo Pen by Fred Archer ISBN 07509-1288-X
The Folklore of the Cotswolds by Katharine M. Briggs ISBN 0-7134-28317
Murders and Misdemeanors in Glos by Malcolm Hall ISBN 978-1-84868-046-3
Yeoman Soldiers by John Lewis ISBN 14251-4103-X
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