Top Street, formerly known (or at least part of it) as Over Street, and more recently as Silver Street, runs from the Black Horse Inn to just beyond the Sir John Moore School, where it turns into New Road (which is discussed under Appleby Parva).
An old aerial view of the junction between Mawby's Lane, Black Horse Hill and Top Street, showing the Black Horse before its extension. No. 1 Top Street is the large building in the foreground. Picture from Carla at The Black Horse. Click for larger view
There are several interesting buildings along the way. The Black Horse itself has an interesting history (described in detail in the next few pages of the tour). The picture below was sent to us by Len Phillips whose aunt and uncle, Floss and Jack Jones, ran the pub for many years from the 1930's to the 1960's (read his memories of the pub here.)
Opposite this is 1 Top Street (featured in Anne Silins article on Bates and Rowlands families). A few doors down from the Black Horse is Walker's Hall which Alan Robert's describes in detail on the next page.
Hall Yard farm has made way for Garton Close, but the footpath between Eastgate House and Garton Close still bears the name Hall Yard.
Continuing along the road there is Appleby's only remaining thatched cottage, Jordan's Farmhouse, and on the corner where the road turns sharply right is the former Particular Baptist Chapel, now a private house.
The Sir John Moore School is featured in many places on this site and has its own web site, www.sirjohnmoore.org.uk.
More about Top Street
- In Focus 20: The Census of 1841 Part 2, by Richard Dunmore
Top Street buildings feature in these articles:
- In Focus 24: High Days and Holidays, Richard Dunmore (The Bull Ring)
- In Focus 25: Chapels, Non Conformists in Appleby (The Particular Baptist Chapel)
- Scandalous Wordes in an Appleby Alehouse, Alan Roberts (Walker's Hall and the Black Horse Inn)
- Bates & Rowlands' Tales, Anne Silins (picture of 1 Top Street)
- Memories of the Black Horse Inn, Len Phillips
Top Street Tour continues: