Accommodation: The Goddard Arms

Clyffe Pypard

This entry on accommodation in the Avebury area is something of a personal one and in memory of Lesley, the former landlady of the Goddard Arms at Clyffe Pypard. Lesley has now sadly passed away but, along with her husband Terry, she ran the Goddard Arms for many years before they both moved to Cornwall.

Lesley, Terry, the Swindon artist Ken White* Jan, Mike, Ted, Ray (now Gilbert) O'Sullivan and myself were friends and fellow students at Swindon School of Art in the mid 1960s. During their time at the Goddard Arms Lesley and Terry created not only one of the friendliest pubs in Wiltshire but also encouraged artists and musicians from all over the country to exhibit and perform there. Lesley and Terry also created one of the first places in the area to offer authentic Thai cuisine and their Thai evenings and 'lock-ins' became legendary.

The Goddard Arms at Clyffe Pypard is one of the few places in the Avebury area offering hostel accommodation. Though not really within walking distance of Avebury it is only a short journey there by car or bicycle. More information here -

* Ken's website is here - Perhaps one of his best-known works is of a World War II pinup, arm outstretched and about to drop a handkerchief bearing the colours of British Airways. The image can be seen on the nose of Virgin Atlantic aircraft - Ken is also well-known for his murals, as well as his paintings depicting Swindon's links with the Great Western Railway.