Around that house is a documentary narrative about the oldest house in Winchester, UK. It was constructed in 1341. I had the privilege to gain insight into its rich history thanks to the welcoming owners.
The current name of the house is The Old Blue Boar. The house was renamed several times depending on its function. When constructed it was named The Red House, because many people who were visiting their family in the nearby Red House Hospital stayed there. The hospital was plagued by the Black Death in 1348, which lasted for two years and killed one third of Winchester’s population
In the mid 14th century the house became The Blue Ball Hill, where a family sold fine silks and cotton materials. The large windows were well-suited for a shop. In 1486 its two buildings became one house under the name Blue Ball Inn, where people travelling from London to the South Coast could stop.
In 1691 the house was renamed, this time to Blue Boar Inn. In 1739, the house was renamed The Blue Boar again and still functioned as an inn for travellers passing by as well as a shop with fine silks imported from Asia and central Europe.
The house is also well known for being the place where a volunteer soldier in 1764, Thomas Thetcher, died after drinking hot beer.
In 1962 the house was seriously damaged by a vehicle transporting a crane. The house was rebuilt, restored, and again renamed, this time to The Old Blue Boar.
In 2001 Paul and Juliet Surridge bought The Old Blue Boar from the late Sir John Fairclough.
What I found interesting were the old front doors, which are not in use anymore. Within the series there is an image with a photo in a gold frame. When asked about it, Mrs Surridge said that this is her mother with her twin sister. The similarity is astonishing, even the owner and her cousin do not know which one of the twins is whose mother.