Friday, 25 June 2021

History lesson over a pint

CUSTOMERS at a Henley pub can now learn about its past while enjoying a drink

CUSTOMERS at a Henley pub can now learn about its past while enjoying a drink.

The Catherine Wheel in Hart Street is now proudly displaying three framed wall panels that document the history of the building from 1499 to the Twenties.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the pub?s entrance foyer on Wednesday and was attended by Hilary Fisher, John Whiting and Ruth Gibson, of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, who collected the information.

Tamarisk Grummitt, manager of the J D Wetherspoon pub, said: ?The society has done a magnificent job and we couldn?t be happier. We are part of a big chain so it?s nice to have some local information and reflect the fact that we operate in an area rich in history. We have had very positive feedback from both tourists visiting the town and people who live here?

The panels document the pub?s growth from occupying a single burgage plot at No 7 Hart Street to the long frontage seen today. They include photographs, postcards and a drawing of how it might have looked like during Tudor times.

Mrs Gibson said: ?Wetherspoon?s asked us to help with informing their staff, visitors and customers a little about the history of the Catherine Wheel and it took several months to put this together. The information came from a will inventory which told us who the landlords were and it has grown from there.?

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