400 years of wonderfully preserved history…..
Here are a few interesting facts about the Fox Goes Free….
- During his reign from 1689 to 1702, William III of England regularly visited The Fox Goes Free with the royal hunting party for refreshment away from London.
- The Fox Goes Free main bar held the first women’s institute meeting on November 9th 1915.
- Here's a link to an interview done by the BBC about the first WI meeting in England, including interviews with local WI member Janet Holt and The Fox Goes Free landlady Susan Coxon
- Many original features of the pub and restaurant have been carefully preserved, including its bread oven, inglenook fireplaces and low beamed ceilings.
- The Fox Goes Free takes its name from the famous ‘Charlton hunt’ which was started in 1670.
- For many years the pub was known as The Fox at Charlton, however on June 6th 1985 the pub was taken over by Gil Batley from Phoenix Breweries and became a free house… hence “The Fox Goes Free!”
- Doctor Who enthusiasts will be thrilled to know the episode “Terror of the Zygons” was filmed on location in the original saloon bar. This episode starred Tom Baker who for the younger customers did the voice over on popular BBC comedy Little Britain!!
The 15 November 2015 marked the centenary for the Women’s Institute, who’s first ever meeting in England was hosted in the back room of the Fox Goes Free. To mark the occasion, The Fox Goes Free has hosted many WI groups from across the UK. There has also been a lot of public interest on this and as a result there have been many radio and television interviews and documentaries which have taken place here at The Fox Goes Free.
Here are some links to some relevant information you may enjoy.
We are also blessed to be so close to a lot more local history. The cathedral city of Chichester is a wonderful place to visit for many different people. History buffs, for example, are likely to be enthralled by its 12th century cathedral and its many other ancient churches and buildings, while there is plenty of culture to enjoy in the city thanks to, among other attractions, its popular music scene and two art galleries.
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