During the reign of Elizabeth I, the house was used as an Inn known as the Boar's Head. The extensive vaulted cellars once housed a brewery where ale was made using water drawn from the existing well. These cellars aroused interest not only does tradition describe them as dungeons but a passage way is said to lead to either Eggleston Abbey or the Castle itself.


It is recorded in the diary of Christopher Sanderson Esq., that on the 24th day of October 1648 a deputation of local citizens escorted Lieut. General Oliver Cromwell to these lodgings where he held a council and was presented with burnt wine and oat cakes. The town did not suffer in any way from his visit as it was known by Cromwell that the leaders of the place were noted Puritans and not likely to hinder him in the work he wished to carry out, however it is said he did take offence at the crested ceiling on the second floor which bore royalist features and ordered it be covered over if he were to spend the night here before continuing his journey onto Richmond

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