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Blandford Pubs, Inns & Hostelries

At one time there were around 20 pubs in Blandford including the Star, East Street - right next to Charlie Collier, the butcher's shop. Some of the town’s pubs, inns & hostelries were/are the:

Badger – at the junction of Park Road and Salisbury Road, built in 1899.

Bell – in the Market Place. In the early 1800s, horse drawn carriages left here regularly for London, Exeter & Bristol.

Black Bear – in Salisbury Street. A local clergyman bought this pub and converted it into Coffee Rooms.

Blue Boar – in East Street. This once belonged to Marston’s Dolphin Brewery in Poole.

Castle - in Bryanston Street. Formerly the Black Dog, It was owned in turn by Durweston brewer, Godwins, then Hall & Woodhouse and finally by Blandford brewer, John Lewis Marsh.

Crown & Anchor – in West Street. Previously known as the Cock & George when it was famous for its cockerel fighting. Name was changed in the 1840s when cockerel fighting became illegal.

Crown – Has been on this site since the 1630s but had to be rebuilt after the 1831 fire. Winston Churchill dined here in 1915. Bought in 1931 by Hall & Woodhouse for £14,000 and during World War Two was hit by a German incendiary device during an air raid on Blandford.

D’Amory Arms – in Salisbury Road. Formerly D’Amory Court Farm House.

Damory Oak  – in Damory Court Street. During the 1600s nearby, an old man sold ale from a hollow oak tree known as the Damory Oak.

Dolphin - in East Street. Formerly the White Hart. In 1821, public Robert Wilson was fined ten shillings (50p) and deprived of his licence for three years for allowing tippling in his public house during Sunday Church Service.

Fleur de Lis – in East Street. Owned at one time by Durweston based brewers, Godwins.

Greyhound – in the Market Place. One of the three great inns of Blandford, the others being the Crown and the Red Lion.  The Greyhound and the Crown were once owned by Robert Eyers who conducted the Blandford Town Band when they won the National Band Championship in London. During the 1831 Blandford Riots, its windows were broken.

Half Moon – in White Cliff Mill Street. Originally made from two cottages.

Kings Arms – at corner of Bryanston Street and White Cliff Mill Street. Great Fire of Blandford began here in 1731. Owned by John Lewis Marsh who opened a brewery next door in Bryanston Street. Marsh claimed if you drank his beer you could live for ever!

New Inn – in East Street. Closed to customers in 1956.

Railway Tavern – in Oakfield Street. Built in 1865 by Durweston brewer, Charles Godwin after the railway arrived in Blandford.

Red Lion – in the Market Place. Once had extensive stabling, a granary and its own brewery. Bought by Hall & Woodhouse in 1895.

Rising Sun - in East Street. Previously known as the Shoulder of Mutton and the Antelope.

Star – in East Street. Previously known as the White Bear and once described as ‘a most horrible ale house.’  In its White Bear days, it staged cockerel fights between the gentlemen of Dorset & Wiltshire. Renamed the Star around 1842.

Stour Inn – Blandford St Marty. Dates back to the 1700s.

Sword & Dagger - A 'cudgel playing contest' was held here in July 1752 with a two guinea prize 'to the man that breaks most heads and saves his own!'

Three Choughs – in West Street. Buit in 1738 after the Great Fire of Blandford (1731).

Wheatsheaf – in Albert Street. Opened in 1865.

And not turning a Nelsonian blind eye to Nelsons!

Other long forgotten inns include the Ark and the Antelope (Salisbury Street), the Black Horse (West Street), the Red Cow Beer Shop (Bryanston Street), the Cross Keys (Sheep Market Hill) and the Jolly Sailors (Salisbury Street

(Source: Blandford Inns – Victor J Adams)



  1. Great to have these listed. A pub walking tour is always a great thing to do.

  2. It’s always great to have these lists. Maybe the basis of a pub walking tour? Always popular and fun. I’m sure there would be many back stories here.


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