The Fox Goes Free

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The Fox Goes Free in 2007

The Fox Goes Free is a grade II listed pub in Charlton, West Sussex, England. It is a 17th-century flint building.[1]

On 9 November 1915 the inn was the venue for the first Women's Institute (WI) meeting held in England, after the first meeting in Wales on 16 September of that year. This was the inaugural meeting of the Singleton and East Dean WI (still in existence in 2015[2]), and the landlady of the pub, Mrs Laishley, was a founder member.[1]

The pub was originally known as "The Pig and Whistle" and later "The Fox" and "The Fox at Charlton", but was renamed "The Fox Goes Free" after a change of ownership in 1985.[1][3]

On 9 November 2015 the Fox's entry in the National Heritage List for England was updated to include the WI connection, as were records for three other buildings of WI significance.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1354592)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Sussex West Federation". National Federation of Women's Institutes. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  3. ^ "History". The Fox Goes Free. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Women's Institute buildings relisted for centenary/". BBC News. Retrieved 9 November 2015.

Coordinates: 50°54′35″N 0°44′15″W / 50.9098°N 0.7374°W / 50.9098; -0.7374