64 High Street, Chillingworth House, formerly The Bell Inn
Write-up on Chillingworth House.
The deeds go back to 1612 when the Bell Inn was first sold. In 1690 Robert Robinson, who was a freemason and with his brother William Robinson repaired Wheatley bridge, owned a tavern at Wheatley called the ‘Bell’, the name of which is recorded on Chillingworth House. It was still an inn in 1847 and by 1854, the licensee and/or owner was John Ring who borrowed £250 from William Chillingworth, but by the end of December 1862, John Ring was unable to repay his £250 loan so instead sold the following properties to William Chillingworth in satisfaction of this. It is believed that Chillingworth then had the property re-modelled with a brick façade in Flemish bond style to the Bell Lane frontage, with evidence of this in one of the photos.
The property was sold on the latter's death in 1908 to the occupier, Bathard who kept his pigs at the top of the garden. According to the Kelly directory, he had a butcher's shop from 1899 (when he was also the licensee of the White Hart), 1901 and 1920. This may have been the High Street frontage of Chillingworth House. The large window to the right of the front door is suggestive of a shop window.
The brick was painted yellow in the 1960s when it was a betting office.