Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Hidden Henley

THIS old door on the front of The Catherine Wheel in Hart Street is no longer

THIS old door on the front of The Catherine Wheel in Hart Street is no longer in use and has been blocked off, but its ornamental surround, old boot scraper and obvious out of alignment leaning all hint at the varied history of the building which can be traced back to the late 15th century.

It’s named after St Catherine, who was gruesomely tortured because of her religion on the wheel for which she became known, back in the years c300.

It was a busy coaching inn for centuries and then more recently has been a popular Berni restaurant and now part of Wetherspoons.

Curiously, bones and skeletons were found during some building work in the 1950’s and this has led to suggestions that there may have been a charnel house on this same site. This was a place where human remains were stored. They were often located, as here, near to a church to take the various bones that were unearthed during grave-digging.





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