THE Olde Bell hotel in Hurley is steeped in history.
Dating back to 1135 it is one of the oldest inns in the country and was used in the so-called Glorious Revolution to overthrow James II in the 17th century.
During the Second World War it was a meeting place for talks between Churchill and Eisenhower and more recently has been a favourite haunt for celebrities.
There is a curious fitting at the front of the outside of the building that even the staff can’t explain.
The cast iron device has a lever which seems to close the front plate and crush whatever was placed inside.
There are few clues on the outside except a turtle-like symbol in the casting with a reference to its patent. Can any reader tell me what this mystery device was once used for?