Blunham Pubs: The Horseshoes

By Bill Exley

'The Horseshoes' Public House commands a prime position in the centre of the village overlooking the square with a view down The High Street. In bygone years there were quaint cottages on either side, but now these have given way to progress and a car park and other clearances. The pub sign outside has shown 3 prominent horseshoes, misleading many patrons to calling it 'The Three Horseshoes'. Records show that in years gone by, this was the case, but in 1885 it was shortened to 'The Horseshoes' for reasons unknown. The Ale today (2000) is delivered by the Bedford Brewery of Charles Wells to serve the bars of the comfortable lounge and games room. The surrounding area can offer riverside walks as well as renowned fishing for visiting anglers from afar. For local interest here follows a comprehensive listing of past landlords, compiled from records researched at Bedford archives and the offices of Charles Wells.


Thomas Ekines * 21st Oct 1769
Thom Elliot (Countess Cowper of Silsoe) .3 H.Shoes 1854 ---1890
Jerome Danes……..Earl Cowper of Silsoe 1890 -- 1898
Wm. Liles Haydon...Earl Cowper of Silsoe 1898 - -1906
Jess Gilbert………..Also a Coal Merchant 1906 - -1910
Thomas .Smith 1910 -- 1926
Herb. & Mary Currant (Move from Queens Head) N.ov.....1926
Thom & Ivy Maries 4th.. Nov 1957
Fred. & Elizabeth Matthews 17th June 1974
Noel & Pauline Fitzsimmons 18th June 1980
Keith & Kathleen Deacon 23rd Nov 1983
Lawrence & Wendy Charteress 27th Feb .1985
Peter & Barbara Moffatt 1st Apr... 1 996
Eric & Elaine Hoy 12th Mar 1997
David and Valerie Armitage 13th July 2000
Trevor and Claire Pryar 6th July ..2005
Stephanie Turner and Daniel McGeachy  21 Sept ..2007
Andrew and Tanya Brown 30th Mar 2009
Stuart and Deborah Knowles 29th Mar 2010
Elizabeth & Roy Brown 28th May 2012

* According to my research and information provided by Bedfordshire archives my Great Grand father x 5 Thomas Ekines [sic now] who was originally a carpenter took the lease on The Horeshoe Inn on the 21st October 1769. The lease was agreed between Joseph Cole on behalf of the Earl of Hardwick and the Marchioness Grey and Thomas Ekines. Thomas was to pay the Earl 8 guineas per annum. Thomas was born c1740 and his wife was Elizabeth [nee More].( Addendum for Brian Ekins, July 2011)

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Page last updated 10th June 2012 by Bill Exley.