THE old black wooden door in the corner of this bar marks the entrance to a
THE old black wooden door in the corner of this bar marks the entrance to a secret passage and sitting next to the inglenook fireplace is to be close to history.
It is at the Old Bell at Hurley (circa 1135) and the passage runs to the old village priory.
It would have been familiar to John Lovelace, 3rd Baron Lovelace of Hurley, an MP who was involved in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to replace the Catholic James II with the Protestant William of Orange.
Meanwhile, earlier this year I featured a peculiar cast iron machine that is fixed to the front wall of the pub and and asked if anyone knew what it was.
Sue Mummery, from Henley, tells me that it was used to crush coke, a coal-like fuel. Presumably, this was to put on the same fire seen to the left in my photo.