Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hidden Henley

THE Olde Bell hotel in Hurley is steeped in history.

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?



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