The Kings Arms Hotel is a 500 year old coaching house which provided lodging for King Charles I on 8th May 1645. The unspoilt building is a dominant feature on the east side of Stow Square near the cross.

The Kings Arms had been acquired by Hunt, Edmunds of Banbury by 1891. A wooden board above the stable entrance read: ‘The Kings Arms. Hunt Edmunds & Co. Splendid Banbury Ales & Double Stout’.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

Now owned by Olde English Inns, the Kings Arms has twelve bedrooms. It is reputedly haunted.

March 2024

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Hunt Edmunds, Banbury

Rateable value in 1891: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Hunt Edmunds, Banbury

Rateable value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords / Proprietors at the Kings Arms Hotel include:

1856 R. Strong

1891 Ralph Hovard

1902 John Keen

1903,1906 Thomas Costiff

1919 Mrs Annie Beatrice Costiff

1927 Harry Costiff

1939 Donald F. Hawke

2000 Tina Arnold and Martin Butchart

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