It’s a tasty Italian restaurant now but this building’s Tudor history is no secret; with exposed beams, wattle and daub and mullioned windows on display. Standing from the front you can even see evidence of a jetty – an overhang that meant the 1st floor was wider than the ground floor.
This 15th Century building used to be The King’s Head, until the Moreton Road was widened in 1929 – and the pub relocated across to the other side. Before that point the road was Podd’s Lane, an ancient track from a narrow ‘towngate’ to Maids Moreton village.
Despite some knowing the house as Old Market House, it’s unlikely that the house was formally the market house, instead it was the home and shop of a rich Buckingham draper. Many old Buckingham properties are associated with Ghosts and Martha Coles, a Quaker, is said to haunt Old House!
With thanks to the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies for this image of Old House in the 1960s.