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Angel Inn

Picture source: Terry Townsend

The Angel Inn was situated on the Market Place. Now demolished, a branch of Barclays Bank stands on the site. The Basingstoke Assembly rooms were over the stable/outbuildings belonging to the Angel. When the balls were no longer held here the room reverted to a hayloft.
Basingstoke’s first post office was in Winchester Street in 1808. It was run by Robert Cottle in his general stores. He fitted a postal aperture in the wall of the shop where people could put their mail when he was closed.
Until 1850, this mail was put into a postbag every night at 10pm and taken along to the Angel Inn, in the Market Place, for the stagecoach driver to sort out for the different towns he was passing through. N
ovelist Jane Austen, who was born in a nearby village, attended dances at the Angel in the late 1700s. When it closed in the 1860s, a new Angel Inn was built soon after on the corner of Wote Street and Potters Lane.
Peter Elliott (May 2015)

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Picture source: Terry Townsend