Inn History

An Inn has stood on this site since the 18th Century and was originally known as the Stourton Inn. In 1815 the name was changed to the Spread Eagle.

The gate piers with the Eagle heads, the walls between the memorial hall and the Inn date from the early 19th Century when the courtyard was created roughly in its present form to service the Inn.

When first constructed in the mid 18th Century the Inn building consisted of the Front Range with Flemish bond brickwork facing the yard, appearing much as it does today. The two rear wings were built of stone at the same time and together with the Front Range formed a u-shape. To this mid 18th Century building, the kitchen area was added along with the rear hall and bedrooms above probably at the turn of the 19th Century.

Although altered, the Inn retains many fine architectural details including Georgian and Regency fireplaces, some 18th Century door cases and original sash windows.

The National Trust acquired The Spread Eagle in 1946 when the Stourhead Estate was given to them by the Hoare family.

Estate History

The Spread Eagle Inn is on the Stourhead estate which features:

Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape lake & garden.

Secluded in its own private valley, Stourhead features one of the world's finest landscape gardens. The 18th-century design centres on the magnificent lake, surrounded by classical temples, enchanting grottos and rare and exotic trees.

Uncover the fascinating history of the Hoare family at Stourhead House, a majestic Palladian mansion home to a unique Regency library and fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, set amid delightful lawns and parkland.

King Alfred's Tower, an intriguing red-brick folly built in 1772 by Henry Flitcroft, is almost 50m high and gives breathtaking views over the estate. Much of the estate woodland and downland is managed for nature conservation and there are two interesting Iron Age hill-forts, White Sheet Hill and Park Hill Camp.

Stourhead is at the heart of a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for nature conservation.

Please see National Trust website for more information.