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Burford's Buildings, Central High Street

East Side: Witney Street to Swan Lane

This prime stretch of High Street, close to the central crossroads, the medieval market place and the Tolsey, contains the most remarkable run of high-status late medieval buildings in Burford. Most are at least partly timber-framed, and date chiefly from the late 15th century. Three were major inns, and several are connected with prominent merchant families such as the Pinnocks or, in the 16th century, the Silvesters and Simon Wisdom. A few are concealed behind later façades, but most remain clearly visible. The most prominent later fronts are those of the Bull (18th-century brick) and No. 115 (Georgian), while the Highway Hotel (No. 117) is another example of early 20th-century remodelling. Several have 19th- or early 20th-century shopfronts, while Nos. 111-113 contains remains of the only medieval shopfront discovered in Burford.  

Collection Items

This remarkable run of late medieval buildings continues with No.

The façade is almost entirely of the 1920s (below), but the structure contains remains of another late 15th-century building, whose jetty survives

This prime corner-site was an inn from the 15th to late 18th century, recorded first as the Bear (in 1489), and from 1539 as the Angel.

In origin this is another jettied, timber-framed building with fine carved bargeboards of the late 15th century, built for an unknown owner and inc

A house here is documented from 1473, when the prominent Burford merchant John Pinnock left it first to his son and granddaughter, and then to the


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