Visit Report by Tony Jones to 15 Oxford Square, Watchfield on 30 May 2009 to meet David Adams ref the house of his late father. Notes ref Transfers of Deeds, Mortgages and Conveyances
Information also by Neil Maw who had sight of the documents on a visit to David Adams (an old school friend). David's late Father was Frank George Adams and his Mother Doreen. His Grandfather, Thomas Adams and Grandma Mabel, owned the property previously.
The documents show that originally William Perrin of Middlesex owned the property, which was much larger than it is today. He sold it to Robert Sly in 1822 and then it came into the hands of Adin Sly (the relationship to Robert is unclear). Adin Sly failed to make three mortgage payments on the property, which forced the building society at Reading to take action by selling off the property by auction.
The auction took place at The Barrington Arms on 11th September 1873, and the property was purchased by John Pocock. The property was described as, '....some time since used as a Beerhouse and Carpenters Shop and known by the name or sign of "The Star" with the Stable, Beerhouse, Buildings, Yard and ground thereunto belonging, formerly in the occupation of Adin Sly, afterwards his daughter Jane Sly...'
This evidence confirms that this was the Pub called The Star and is why we have Star Lane at Watchfield to this day. That part of the property which was used as a pub however, was destroyed by fire on 6th September, 1928. To read a newspaper account of the fire that destroyed most of the building, please go HERE
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