The two pubs

The two pubs

A great view of the crossroads with what looks like a Ford Prefect ambling along an otherwise deserted A607 towards Melton.

It’s difficult to make out, but there is what looks like a Shell petrol pump on the left. Does anyone know whether this is right?

Interesting also to note the Malt House just beyond the Royal Horeshoes. It certainly was an imposing building which dominated the cross roads. Now it’s the site of the village war memorial.

Judging by the car, I’d guess it was taken in the late ’50s, early ’60s. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Our thanks to Rob Pilkington for allowing us copy it.


  1. Richard Snodin (WLHG)

    This photo could be a little earler than you suggest David, Owen Brothers Corn & Flour store was demolished round about 1960. I do not remember a petrol station in that location – but I will check further… My feeling is that the photo dates from the late 40’s, or early 50’s at the latest.

  2. vanessa musson

    Hi Richard

    Just spotted your surname, which is the same as a lady who lived with my great great grandfather George Musson, who is buried in the churchyard in Waltham. I went there on Thursday for the first time, and found a whole bunch of my ancestors in a line in the graveyard!

    My great great aunt Ann ran the George & Dragon between 1861 and 1908, but I understand there is no pub there now?