c1832 – present
48 Church Street.
As a pub name, The Kings Head comes from a time when many landlords nationally, thought it politic to show allegiance to the monarch and hastily adopted names to indicate that.
John Vickers was recorded as being a Cooper (barrel-maker) here in 1831 and was licenced in 1832. He was landlord for the next twenty years.
With large grounds at the back, it was a popular venue for local property and general sales, with one sale in 1856 offered “Railway contractors, Builders and others, 80,000 feet of very superior dry poplar boards”, possibly with an eye to the proposed Bishop’s Castle Railway in 1860. It is thought to have been a pub favoured by forestry workers, which would accord with this large sale of timber.
The Pugh family ran the pub from 1868 to 1920; in the 1990s it was bought by Punch Taverns (a national Pub Co.), then run by a series of tenants for some years. It has since been purchased privately and given a new lease of life, with two characterful bars, a suntrap courtyard and Glamping accommodation.
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