Old Eagles13 Watergate
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Although unpretentious externally, this Grade II listed building is of significant local historical interest. English Heritage describe it as "a rare example of a medieval town house, particularly notable for its unusual [base-cruck] framed construction." It is widely considered to be the oldest building in Whitchurch, not obvious though, thanks to it's Victorian exterior. Built during the 14th century it only became a pub in 1868, and at that time was very much a coaching inn. Although notionally one room, there are two areas available. One is a games room, the other a public bar. There are open fires, the floors are tiled and the ceilings low-beamed with evidence of those old timbers. A well supported pub with a loyal clientele and a former Good Beer Guide regular between 1976 and 1986. A recent refurbishment has given it a lighter feel, without damaging the overall structure (Nov 2015).