Jim Elsworth – The Pubs of Chipping Sodbury

Another welcome visit from local historian Jim Elsworth. Jim took us back to the time when Chipping Sodbury was established as a new market town, then onto the events and historical highlights that contributed to the establishment of at least 22 public houses that served and supported events and people such as the drovers that travelled through Chipping Sodbury from Wales to London, the 60 American servicemen that were stationed in the town, and the huge crowds that were regular visitors attending not just the market days and hunts, but also special events such as Harold MacMillan’s visit to the town.

Jim’s presentation included an overview of the style of properties built in the town and the effect that events such as the Great Fire of London and Georgian fashion had on existing and new buildings.

Whist Jim isn’t a practicing photographer, he enthralled members with a combination of his charming and informative manner and his wonderful collection of photographs, digitised film, extensive knowledge and a fascinating copy of a medieval features map that all served to create a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting evening.

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