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The Lamb Inn
Hindon
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP3 6DP
(01747) 820573.
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The Lamb Inn  

The Lamb at Hindon is an ex-freehouse now owned by the Boisdale group. It is noted for its friendly welcome and the traditional atmosphere associated with an old coaching inn. The Lamb offers comfortable accommodation and an excellent restaurant serving local produce. The extensive wine list includes wines from local vineyards. Hot food, real ales and a wide range of drinks are served in the Bar where open log fires add to the charm. The Hotel is open all year, bookings are advised for overnight stays and for luncheon and dinner in the restaurant. Hindon is an attractive unspoilt Wiltshire village with a wealth of local history and many places of interest within easy travelling distance. The oldest part of the present inn dates from the 17th century, but there was certainly an earlier building on this site since it is known that the Assizes were held at The Lamb Inn as far back as the middle of the 15th century; Petty Sessions were held until the early 19th century. Over the centuries The Lamb has seen many activities. The weekly Hindon market was held until 1862 and the bar was a centre for business transactions. The old wall desk is a positive reminder of those days. The Lamb was a well-known posting inn and was listed as one of the inns supplying post horses for coaches going to and from London and the West Country; as many as 300 horses were kept. Blocked up passages were discovered in 1954 running parallel to the street. Silas White, a notorious smuggler, said to be the leader of the Wiltshire Moonrakers and ancestor of a Hindon family, made The Lamb the centre of his activities; the cellars, no doubt, provided an excellent hiding place for contraband. In 1755 The Lamb was owned by Henry Calthorpe and assessed at 14s; the landlord was John Field. In 1786 William Pitt, the Prime Minister, stopped here and was most put out as no fresh horses were available. In 1850 it was part of property in Hindon bought by the second Marquis of Westminster and given to his daughter Lady Octavia Grosvenor as her dowry. It was sold to a brewery about 1930 but until the middle of the 19th century it was renowned for its home-brewed beer. The Masonic Lodge of Innocence and Morality No.592 held its meetings here from 1798 until 1825. As Hindon returned two Members of Parliament until 1832, election time brought trade to the Inn. In 1812 Wffiiam Beckford, who built his grand folly Fonthill Abbey not far from Hindon, spent ?90.14s.2d at The Lamb providing drinks for voters. In 1909 the author W.H. Hudson stayed here while writing 'A Shepherd's Life'. Hindon was described as 'a delightful little village, so rustic and pretty amidst the green swelling downs with great woods crowning the heights beyond'. One mile off the A303 trunk road with excellent access to London and the West Country. Four miles from Tisbury mainline station (Waterloo to Exeter). Ideal for visiting Salisbury with its noted Cathedral and well preserved city centre, Stonehenge, Wilton, Longleat, Stourhead House and Gardens, Old Wardour Castle and Cranboume Chase are all in easy driving distance. Race courses at Salisbury, Taunton, Wincanton and Bath. Golf at Salisbury and Waminster. Trout fishing and other country sports can be arranged locally. There is excellent access to such important business centres as Bristol, Southampton, Oxford, Swindon, Bournemouth and the West Country.


 

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