Remembering pubs of the past in an historic tour of March
PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 August 2017
Non-stop rain all day was not a deterrent to a group of enthusiastic members of The March Society who went on a guided ‘Inns and Grand Houses’ evening walk along March High Street.
The walk started at St Peter’s Road, formerly White Lion Lane, and ended at Town Bridge.
This main route into the March town was formerly named London Road.
The history, construction and modifications to noted buildings were highlighted and discussed by the group.
Jennifer Lawler said: “Concerns were raised about the condition of some listed buildings
“At its peak, the street had 11 public houses but only four of those are still open.
“The sites of the missing public houses and breweries were noted.
“Norland House, the Maze and Audmoor (originally Hythe) House are fine examples of Grade ll listed buildings towards the Southern end of the street.
“Trinity Methodist Church was built in 1889 on land that was originally part of Hythe House’s extensive grounds.
“Number 86 is listed and now a club but its exterior still features elaborate cornices and the Royal Coat of Arms over the doorway that led to the courtroom of the then County Court.
“Its neighbour, Cassanos, was originally the Guildhall built in 1827 and extended to become March’s first ‘National School’ for up to 200 boys and 150 girls.
“Numbers 38, 36 and 34 are fine Grade ll listed buildings built in the 18th and 19th century. Number 38 became Minstrels club and was recently refurbished into flats. Number 36 features a fine early 19th century cast iron arched porch and Number 34 housed various businesses including Lloyds bank.
“March Heritage Open Days are on September 7th to 10th and all walks, talks, tours and exhibitions are free. An opportunity to celebrate March’s heritage.”
• The March Society’s September meeting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the society, is on Wednesday September 13 at 7pm in March Library. Details at www.themarchsociety.org.uk.
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