The Red House in Whitchurch, a Listed Building currently stands forlornly in London Street, having now been closed a number of years. The owners have built houses on the car park/garden area while the pub building itself has been standing unused.
It is not in good condition and little is known of the plans but it is expected there will be a planning application in the not too distant future.
However the Red House has a long history as a leading pub in the town and at one time incorporated a brewery.
The Whitchurch History Society has this week, published an article from 1863. The Society has a wonderful amount of historical information and organises meetings, talks and trips and is well worth joining.
But back to the Red House and in 1863 a report of its sale together with the brewery was in the Hampshire Chronicle. Times were certainly better for the pub in those days than now.
The Red House, an Important Freehold Brewery, Inn, and Premises
To be Sold by Auction, on the premises, on Monday the 17th of August, 1863, at four o’clock in the afternoon, in one lot, – All those truly valuable Freehold Business Premises, situate in the centre of the town of Whitchurch, and comprising capital Brick and Tiled Dwelling House, known as The Red House, with a most complete Brewery in excellent order, and all necessary Outbuildings attached.
The House contains on the First Floor nine airy double and single bed rooms (making up 15 beds), with good store closets. On the Ground Floor, capital bar and front parlours, a good smoking room, tap room, spirit store, kitchen and larder, with the extensive under-ground cellarage, stabling for twelve horses with lofts over, large paved yard, side entrance, granary, pig styes, woodhouse, ashhouse, &c. a very superior walled-in garden, well stocked with fruit and other trees, summer house, &c.
The whole is well supplied with excellent water, and gas is also laid on, and commands frontage to the principal thoroughfare of 90 ft.
This valuable Property is brought into the Market consequent of the sudden demise of the late respected Proprietor, Mr. Richard Durnford, by whose family the same has been held for nearly half a century, during which time a most respectable business has been successfully carried on, which, from its central situation in large and increasing population, offers to a person of business habits every probability of being beneficially extended.
N.B. The purchaser will be required to take to by valuation the Brewing Plant and Rolling Stock, and also the Stock of Beer, Wines, and Spirits. The purchase to be completed on the 29th day of September next, or earlier by arrangement with the vendors if required when possession will be given.
Particulars may be had ten days prior to the sale of Mess. Lamb, Brooks, and Challis, solicitors, Basingstoke.
Hampshire Chronicle – Saturday 25 July 1863