The Churchill Inn was named in 1956 after Captain Spencer Churchill, a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill. Capt. Spencer Churchill resided in Northwick Park and was a great benefactor of Blockley Parish.
Until 1956 the premises did not have a full license. When the Churchill Inn obtained its full license the Red Lion Inn and the Royal Oak in nearby Blockley were closed. Before the change of name the ‘off’ beer house was known as the Pear Tree Inn. Details are sparse because Paxford was originally in the Parish of Blockley, Worcestershire.
Adrian Grove emailed me with information on the Churchill Inn. Frederick Bagnall was his grandfather. Adrian was told by his mother that Fred received mail for the Pear Tree Inn for a long time after it became fully licensed and that the landlord prior to Fred was a Mr. Fletcher. Fred Bagnall took over the premises in June 1935 as an off license. It became a fully licensed pub in October 1956. When Fred retired in 1972 he was the longest serving licensee of the Chipping Campden bench.
Hook Norton Brewery once owned the pub but it is now a free house.
This page will be updated with additional information.
Map Reference: SP184379
– Mr Fletcher
1939 Frederick J. Bagnall (Pear Tree Inn)
1956 Fred Bagnall (Churchill Inn)
1990 Mick Arthurs