The Plough

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Main building dates from 1896.

From J. A. Wilson lecture:

The Plough Inn, which adjoins it, at the beginning of the last century belonged to the family of Willoughby, after which it passed into the hands of the Weatherburns, and is still held by a female descendant of that family. The inscription above the entrance:-

“That which your Father old Hath purchased and left you to possess Do you dearly hold. To show his worthiness”.

dated 1714 and bearing the initials “M.W.” are those of Matthew Willoughby. The Plough Inn is supposed to have been formerly the east-most house in Bondgate, and this supposition is strengthened by the fact of there having been in the eastern gable of the upper storey a window, which is now blocked up. The mother of John Weatherburn was the hostess of the Plough about the close of the last century, and brewed her own ale, for which she was greatly celebrated. What now passes by the name of bitter ale, was unknown to an earlier generation, who manufactured a wholesome beverage purely from malt and hops.

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