The area was settled by the Anglo Saxons between the mid 5th to 6th century, initially at High Cross, where a system of open field farming was established. Lowsonford began as a hamlet settlement, later developing in the C16th as a cottage settlement, located along the edge of open common land. Evidence of ridge and furrow exists by the church, possibly on the site of old common land.
It is believed that the name Lowsonford is derivation of the Saxon word, “Hlaewonford”, meaning “small hill on the ford”.Prior to the English Reformation, Lowsonford was held by the Catholic Church until it was granted to Queen Catherine Parr in 1541, passing to the Duke of Northumberland, John Dudley, in 1553. In the reign of Elizabeth I, it was granted to Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick until 1604. The estate finally passed to the Anglican Church in 1866. The small chapel of ease of St Luke’s was built in 1877, costing £670.
Dating back to C15th the Fleur De Lys was originally a row of three cottages and an adjacent barn. It really is the pub where Fleur De Lys pies originated. The remains of the bread oven installed by Lillian Eggleton, the licensee and baker between 1932 – 1936, can still be seen at the side of the central fireplace.
However, it was Mr Brookes, licensee from 1950 – 1958, who began cooking his now famous Steak & Kidney and Chicken & Mushroom pies. It was unusual to find food available in public houses at this time. The pies became so popular that he bought Emscote Mill in Warwick to produce & distribute them far from Lowsonford across the whole country.
Eventually, the Fleur De Lys pies recipe & name were sold to Pukka pies, but we still have a range of delicious pies available today!
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Slowly but surely you helped to breathe life back into the place. You filled it up with love and laughter. You have dragged it back from obscurity to place it back into the heart of the community.
Like so many others, we got into this trade because we love sharing these little boltholes with others and watching you enjoy them and make memories to cherish between these walls. We do it because we like a bit of banter whilst pouring a beer. We’ve always believed in doing the best we can with the circumstances we’ve got.
Time to whip up a quick homemade soup with whatever veggies you’ve got in your fridge.