Load of Mischief Pub, Pam Throop, 1987-1988

The Load of Mischief Pub is a Tudor building based upon an inn within the village of Lacock in England’s picturesque Cotswolds region. This miniature inn is depicted as it might have appeared in Edwardian times, in the early years of the 20th century. Pubs and inns were always an important part of English village life, when quite often ale or wine was safer to drink than the local water.
The Sign of the Angel Inn, the inspiration for The Load of Mischief Pub, wasn’t named after a heavenly messenger but a type of gold coin minted in the 15th century when the inn itself was built. Travelers would have found the Angel a welcome sight in an era when highwaymen and robbers abounded. Those arriving on horseback could ride their mounts right through the inn’s “horse passage,” a broad corridor running through the ground level of the inn and connecting the road in front with a secure courtyard in back. Much later, when horse thievery was no longer a concern, this passage was enclosed to add more space to the inn. During the 19th century, the building was transformed into private residences, but in 1953 it opened once again as a popular inn.
Miniaturist Pam Throop specialized in recreating historic houses from around the world. The exquisite detail that went into her miniatures – based on extensive research into the past and present of each building – presents the viewer with a vivid portrait not only of the house itself, but of the people who lived within it.
Read more about the Load of Mischief Pub in Minis Magnified Issue no. 28