About Us …
The history of The Snailbox and how it got it’s unusual name
Thousands of people have asked us over the years how the Snailbox got it’s name, so here is the story that has been passed down from our local historians.
Where the original premises stood was common ground, and in 1846, a man travelling the road, by the name of James Clark , a hedge school teacher known locally as Jem ,who carried his home on his back , decided to set up this home on the piece of common ground . Over a period of time he built a wall around his home, from local stone, which can still be seen on the Premises to this day .As time went on the local landowners tried to have him removed from the commonage ,but failed. Eventually they took a court action against him, but the judge of the day ruled , that like a snail and his box who carries his home on his back, wherever he decides to stop shall be his home.
And so Jem was left there
The history of our Hat Collection
Our story starts with one man named Smythy, a previous owner and legend of the Snailbox. Smythy forgot his hat one evening leaving it on the bar counter where it miraculously appeared on the ceiling the next day, never to be returned to him. This hat was the start of our baseball hat collection, and is still displayed proudly among our thousands of hats today. We at the Snailbox are so honored to be the home of the most hats individually donated by our customers from all over the world who visit us on a regular basis. Our collection holds more than 5,500 hats and it continues to grow each day. We are always looking to add to our collection and want you to become part of it. In return for the hat you donate we will give you a famous Snailbox cap to wear with pride.