Earliest information: 1725
Date of current building:
The Sun Inn, c1780.
- The Sun Inn, Jun 2012
- The Sun Inn, c1906
- The Sun, Charnham Street, c1910 (A Parsons)
The Sun Inn, c1780-present:
1780 Land Tax of 4s 0d was paid by Mrs Elizabeth Fox for the Sun alehouse - she herself was occupier. This was repeated in 1781.
1781 (NH) Sun Fire Insurance (Vol. 294): Elizabeth Fox of Charnham Street, victualler, almost certainly the Sun, insured. [William Fox buried 1780. Elizabeth Fox, widow, buried 1800]
1801 (NH) Will (D.C.Windsor) of Elizabeth Fox: messuage etc to sons William and Thomas Fox and to Mary wife of Henry Eyles. [Dec. 1802: Henry Eyles married Elizabeth Fulbrook]
c.1810 (NH - Berks RO DP71/18/12) John Piper, occupier, himself; and the house adjoining.
1815 Land Tax (now 4s 7d) was paid by John Fox for the "Sun Inn" - John Piper now being the occupier.
1819 Enclosure Award Map: John Piper
1822-3 (NH) Victuallers Recognisances (Wilts R.O. A1/ 326/ 3): The Sun, Charnham Street: tenant, Caleb Fowle. Surety, John Rushley of Little Bedwyn.
1823 Pigot: Caleb Fowle
1824-5 (NH) Victuallers Recognisances (Wilts R.O. A1/ 326/ 3): Caleb Fowle. Surety, Stephen Tomlins.
1826 (NH) Ditto: Caleb Fowle. Surety, William Milles of Hungerford, victualler.
1830 Pigot: Caleb Fowle
1841 Census: Richard Hobbs (42), publican, wife Ann (41), 2 others.
1844 Pigot: Ann Hobbs - tavern & public house
1844 Snare: Charles Gray - innkeeper
1847 Kelly: Charles Gray
1847 Snare: Charles Gray - innkeeper
1850 Slater: Charles Gray - tavern & public house
1851 Census: #82: John Fowler (see Stag's Head) (40), Innkeeper, 1 sister-in-law Elizabeth (24), barmaid; Servant Sarah Garter (20), House servant.
1854 Billing: John Fowler
1861 Census: Mrs Philadelphia Fowler (46), innkeeper, 1 son, 1 daughter, 6 lodgers.
1863 Dutton & Allen: Mrs Philadelphia Fowler
1864 Billing: John Fowler - victualler
1869 Post Office Dir: Mrs Philadelphia Fowler, Sun, Charnham Street.
1871 Census: Mrs Philadelphia Fowler (59), innkeeper, 1 son, 1 nephew and 3 lodgers.
1877 Kelly: Mrs Philadelphia Fowler
1881 Census: #66: Philadelphia Fowler (60), innkeeper, 1 son, 1 daughter-in-law, 4 lodgers.
1891 Census: Walter Fowler (35), Inn keeper and brick worker, wife Jane (36), 3 daughters, 1 mother (Philladelphia, (79)), 1 servant, 4 lodgers.
1891 Kelly: Walter George Fowler - public house
1895 Kelly: Mrs Jane Fowler, Sun PH, Charnham Street.
1900 Census: Francis William Jessett
1900 (Cosburn's Dir): F W Jessett, "Sun Inn"
1901 (Census) "Sun Inn", Francis Jessett (55), Innkeeper, 1 daughter.
1903 Kelly: Francis William Jessett - public house
1906 Cosburn's Dir: F W Jessett, 'Sun' inn, Charnham Street.
1911 Census: #144: "The Sun Inn": Francis William Jessett (63), widower, licensed victualler, 1 son (Francis - assistant in public house), 1 daughter, 12 rooms.
1911 Kelly: Francis William Jessett - public house
1915 Kelly: Francis William Jessett - Sun PH
1916 Cosburn's Dir: F W Jessett, Sun Inn, Charnham Street.
1920 Kelly Dir: Francis William Jessett, Sun PH, Charnham Street
Robert James: was owned by Ushers Brewery, Trowbridge.
1936 Kelly: Arthur Bravery - Sun PH
1939 Kelly: Arthur Bravery
1939 Blacket's Dir: Sun Inn (A Bravery). Miss O E Bravery, music teacher.
1940 Blacket's Dir: Sun Inn, A Bravery; Miss O E Bravery, Music Teacher.
Robert James: "Arthur Bravery ran the pub with his wife and daughter, who taught piano. Alf Middleton was an electrician by trade and he lived in the pub and married. They had no children. Alf was also the local comedian, and played the accordion and piano as well as other instruments. When James & Co took a day off to go to the coast (no holidays in the 1920s and 30s) my father and uncle always took Alf to entertain the men with songs in the "charabanc". Arthur Bravery always had good beer. He kept the barrels in the kitchen and served the beer through a hatch into the saloon or the "Jug and Bottle". There was a row of three petrol pumps along the pavement which were closed down during the war as they could not get petrol."