The Victoria Inn at Shrivenham Station
We learn of the beginnings of the life of the Victoria Public House from the Reading Mercury newspaper dated Saturday 17 September, 1842; 'The Justices of the Faringdon Division, at their annual meeting, on Tuesday last, for the granting of licences to Innkeepers, conferred on Mr George Canfield, of the Barrington Arms Inn, Shrivenham, a licence for the house he has recently erected at this station, which he will shortly open as a hotel.'
The Railway Station at Shrivenham had opened the previous year and this was very shrewd thinking on the part of George Canfield, who could see the potential for some good business. His family were still making money from it in 1867, when his son Charles was advertising the Victoria Tavern and the Barrington Arms. And it was a business that would go on for 170 years as the Victoria Inn, with the property mainly continuing as a Pub and a restaurant until becoming a residential dwelling around 2015.
For more information on the Canfields, please see listing number N805
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