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History of the Bowyer Arms

The village pub, the Bowyer Arms, was built around the middle of the 19th century, at least 10 years before the nearby station opened. The name derives from the Bowyer family who, at the time, owned the Radley Hall Estate and many properties in and around the village, having inherited them from the Stonhouse family in 1794. Morlands, the Abingdon brewers, originally rented the property from the Bowyer estate and eventually purchased it in 1889.

The Bowyer Arms in July 2004
With the demise of Morlands and the Abingdon Brewery in 1999, the pub passed into the hands of Greene King, and was extensively renovated both internally and externally and, particularly in summer when the many hanging baskets are in full bloom, provided an attractive centrepiece to the village. In October 2012, the pub was given a new look and some internal refurbishment.

Managers of the Bowyer Arms
– present Graham Leonard
Sept 2014 – present Andrew Walton
Dec 2012 – Sept 2014 Paul and Dawn Chance
Apr 2012 – Nov 2012 Paul Thompson
2011- Apr 2012 Elaine Smetham
2008-2011 Leigh Reed
1991-2008 Eddie and Carol Cavanagh


Carol Cavanagh, who was tenant manager with her husband Eddie from 1991 to 2008, was Clerk of the Green Cloth from 2002 to 2006.


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