The Lygon Arms is the oldest coaching inn in Chipping Campden with trading records going back to the 16th Century. Originally called the “White Hart” derived from Richard II ‘s heraldic symbol. The name was changed to “The George” during the reign of James I (1603-1625). In 1772 there is a reference to the inn then called “The Hare and Hounds” and was sold in 1821 by John Stanley. There is some confusion over the date the name became “The Lygon Arms”, however, in 1837 an old document refers to “The Hare and Hounds, now called the Lygon”.
A handwritten note states that General Lygon’s butler , “Old Mullins” took over the inn about 1840 and renamed it The Lygon Arms out of sincere affection for his old master, Major General Edward Pyndar Lygon (1786 -1860) who fought at Waterloo(1815). He belonged to the Earl of Beauchamps’s family and the inn sign is the arms of the Beauchamps, two lions passant.
The 1841 census shows Thomas Dunn as publican and remained in there family until the end of the 19th century. In 1903 Annie Jeffery was publican but the property was owned by Flowers Brewery. In 1921 The Lygon was sold by auction, however, in 1942 Mr Leonard Potter bought it and since then it has been owned and run by four generations of the same family.