The Blue Ball, Kintbury
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The Blue Ball is located in the historic and picturesque village of Kintbury, which has quite rightly earned its place on the list of the 20 most desirable villages in the UK in which to live. Situated on the banks of the breathtakingly scenic Kennet and Avon Canal the village lies in an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The pub boasts a large, secluded and safe rear garden, adjoined by a spacious paved sun terrace. Many believe the terrace is positioned over the tunnels once used by highwaymen to connect to the nearby St Mary’s church. Indeed The Blue Ball has a rich history and was the headquarters of the agricultural disturbances of the early nineteenth century known as the Machine or Kintbury Riots. Most of the leaders of these disenchanted rioting agricultural workers were discovered and apprehended at the pub. They were later sentenced to death but all but one, were later reprieved and transported for life instead. The grave of the hanged man, William Winterbourne, was discovered on the south west side of the churchyard in 1984.

Why not pop in and contribute to the latest chapter in the history of The Blue Ball? You will be assured of a warm welcome from Stuart, Marie and the now, thankfully, peaceable locals!



(Local history information source: David Nash Ford’s excellent web site


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