Interactive Bishop’s Waltham Trail
Opposite the church was the site of the village pump. It is said the name Basingwell Street is derived from base (lower) well (spring). It is on record that a spring rose here and a community pump was installed, but was removed in the 1920s. The reproduction pump that we can see today has been erected by the Bishop’s Waltham Society.
Turn right and ahead you see the Barleycorn Inn, a 17th century oak beamed building. At one time it was a brewery and before that the Workhouse: the paupers lived upstairs and the saloon bar was a pigsty.
Continue down Basingwell Street and turn right at the end heading towards Lloyds Bank to the corner of Houchin Street.