The Fox Goes Free

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The Fox Goes Free
The Fox Goes Free Inn, Charlton - - 347646.jpg
The Fox Goes Free, 2007
TypePublic house
Coordinates50°54′35″N 0°44′15″W / 50.9098°N 0.7374°W / 50.9098; -0.7374Coordinates: 50°54′35″N 0°44′15″W / 50.9098°N 0.7374°W / 50.9098; -0.7374
OS grid referenceSU8886613020
AreaWest Sussex
Built17th century
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameThe Fox Goes Free
Designated28 Jan 1986
Reference no.1354592
The Fox Goes Free is located in West Sussex
The Fox Goes Free
Location of The Fox Goes Free in West Sussex

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. At one time the pub also served as the village bakery.[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.