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About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

History

Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

The Inn at Shipley is a three storey Georgian building dating from 1771, which was built by Thomas Farmer Thornes.

The Thornes family had for many centuries been a prominent Shropshire family. From the 15th century and for several subsequent centuries Shelvock Manor, in Shelvock, north of Shrewsbury, was their family seat. One of the most prominent members of the Thornes family was Roger Thornes, who in the 16th century was described as "Wise Thornes of Shrewsbury for that both town and country repaired to him for advice".

Though owner of Shelvock, Roger Thornes retained his family connection with Shrewsbury, and seems to have lived principally in the town, where he had a house in Raven Street, just opposite School Lane. He was a Bailiff six times.

Richard Thornes was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1610. Francis Thornes, son of the Sheriff, married Beatrice, eldest daughter of Sir Andrew Corbet of Morton Corbet, on December 12, 1625, at Moreton Corbet, when he was 19 and she was 15. When the English Civil War broke, Thornes actively sided with the King.

The ruins of Morton Corbet Castle,
Shropshire, where Francis Thornes
and Beatrice Corbet were married
in 1625

Francis Thornes was one of many county gentlemen captured when Shrewsbury was taken on February 22, 1644 or 1645, by the Parliamentary forces under the command of his first cousin, Thomas Mytton of Halston, and he had to pay £720 for his estate. After this, the fortunes of the Thornes family declined.

Thomas Farmer Thornes in 1771 was nevertheless described as a gentleman, and he and Elizabeth enjoyed a number of servants.

The site of the 1771 property already has a number of buildings on it, and he may have acquired the land from one of the local estates or it may have been part of the landholding of the next door property, Shipley Hall. The three storey house was slotted between the sandstone and timber-frame farm buildings which were adapted and remodelled to become useful ancillary storage.

We know this for several reasons. Firstly, the name T.F.Thomas and datestone of 1771 is carved onto a stone block on the front of the building, but additionally, there is an inscription etched into the window glass within a first floor window which reads 'Joseph Thompson newly leaded this window 1771'. This is authentic.

There are a number of wills and records in which T.F.Thornes is mentioned. Archival data indicated that he was an Attorney-at-Law, and he must have built the house shortly before his marriage to Elizabeth in 1772, but the only lived there for 7 years before he died in 1779.

At that time the house may well have been sold to Thomas Boycott, who we know later acquired the manor and lordship of Shipley on 25th July 1829. In a valuation of his estate in 1798, a property named Thornescroft (presumably after Thomas Farmer Thornes) is mentioned.

Thornescroft was sold on 26th June 1918 by direction of Mrs Wight-Boycott, and was the name of the restaurant when we acquired the property in 2013, although the name was not felt to be engaging enough as the name of a pub, so we renamed it the Inn at Shipley.

The house has lost most of its original windows and external doors buut despite this loss, it is substantially as designed in 1771. It retains its original floor plan, largely intact at ground floor level and complete at both first and second floor level and a high proportion of its original doors and fittings. The building is, therefore, of high significance, as is listed grade II.

If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


Front of house

Simon Joyce

Manager

Simon is new to B&P but has all the credentials that we look for in our new crew, sharp in dress and mind, he will be a great asset to the pub. He's lived in Wordsley all his life and is super excited that the house has been turned into the thing he loves most a brilliant pub. He has fond memories of him and his mates' crab appling and swimming in the pool when young. Simon lives close to the pub with his wife Charlotte. When not working he is doing further research on everything drink and food.

Kayleigh Blake

Deputy Manager

After spending a number of years working in an office driving a desk, Kayleigh knew that her heart belonged in hospitality and took the leap to join the company in 2017. With her love of food and a good natter it is a match made in heaven! A self titled "hostess-with-the-mostest", Kayleigh spends her time BBQing for friends and family (come rain or shine!) and exploring the country side with her husband Jon and Archie the dog.

Olivia Williams

Assistant Manager

"All good things come in small packages" and Liv is no exception. A local lass favoured by so many of our customers for her happy, smiley nature, Liv is a B&P natural. Outside of work who knows where you will find Olivia, the little globetrotter is usually having a ball somewhere beautiful in the world with all her family and friends.


Kitchen

Jack Bailey

Head Chef

Jack joined the Woodbridge in May 2013 after starting his career as a banqueting chef at Alton Towers. Originally from Stoke, Jack is known in our kitchen for his extensive taste in music, especially the hard rock and heavy metal 'noise' we have to listen to if Manchester City lose! His ability to remain calm and approachable under a torrent of checks means he is the man you rely on during a busy shift. When he is not at work you will find him enjoying an ale somewhere or wining and dining his lovely wife Tawry.

Connor Partridge

Sous Chef

Connor is the epitome of a sharp-dessed-man... our very own 'sharp-dressed-chef'! This snappy dresser has been part of the B&P family for a while now, working in numerous kitchens within the group, including the Fox, Newport - he certainly knows his way about a B&P kitchen. After taking a little break to combine work and travel Connor just couldn't stay away and joined us again in 2018 to take on the challenge of Sous Chef. Football, food and family are words to live by in Connor's mind - when he is not behind the pass cooking for our diners he can be found cooking up a storm in his own kitchen for his loved ones.

Thomas Knowles

Junior Chef de Partie

Ever smiling Tom is a perfect addition to the Shipley kitchen team. Since joining our team in late 2018 Tom has gone from strength to strength quickly earning himself a place on the sought after chef apprentice scheme with South Cheshire College. Tom is a hard-working chef who loves to take pride in the quality and presentation of his dishes - and we are always eager to try his latest creation! In his spare time, Tom is a bit of a movie connoisseur and spends his time catching up on the latest flick with his adored pet gecko.

Ted Adams

Commis Chef

Ted, or Teddybear as he is affectionately known in the kitchen, has been a member of the team since day dot and had been working ever since to expand his cooking repertoire. He most recently branched out last year and made it to the finalist stage of the Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year! Whilst probably one of our quieter chefs, when the whisk microphone comes out he is hard not to hear! And whether out and about or in the kitchen he is never without a cup of Rosie Lee!