Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hidden Henley

THE series The Outcast on the BBC has been heavily promoted and evidently has high viewing

THE series The Outcast on the BBC has been heavily promoted and evidently has high viewing figures.

Readers may already have noticed that much of it is filmed in nearby Hambleden, with one particularly lengthy scene in which the church is burned down.

I’m pleased to report that this must be produced with special effects because Hambleden church is still in fine order.

Directly alongside is this fine old property with a rare fire insurance plate on its overhang. It is in the background of several key scenes in the television programme.

These old fire plates started to appear on buildings following the Great Fire of London and the subsequent emergence of various fire insurance companies who typically charged 30 shillings for seven years’coverage.



This one shows the Royal Insurance wording with a crown above and what looks like a swan design underneath, which were evidently in use after 1720.



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