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Doh! Spring 2021 Update.

Time for a little update and a 'Doh!' moment.

This post featuring a couple of bygones in Bakewell has been updated once already with an old photograph of the now non-existent Anchor but I've also acquired this old shot of part of the former White Horse.

The Rutland Arms was built in 1804 on the site of the former White Horse. All of the equine establishment was demolished bar its former stables which went on to operate as the tap room to serve the coachmen and other proles needed to convey the moneyed classes to the new hotel. The sign labelling the tap room is visible on the gable end to the left of the picture.


...and now.

The former White Horse's stables are still in use as the Rutland's events suite.

Additionally I've got hold of some old photographs of bygone boozers which appeared in the Wandering Around Winster post, taken whilst they were still operating.

Firstly, the Shoulder of Mutton on West Bank.

...and now.

Secondly the Crown on Main Street. No, that's not me with my bike, although I was out for a pedal when I took the 'now' pictures.

Plenty of parking spaces outside the Crown...

...unlike today.

And finally, at the junction of East Bank and Main Street, the Bull's Head.

Plenty of parking for your pony and trap...

...even today.

And now for that 'Doh!' moment. I finish this update with, a correction. In the post Bonus Boozer #2 I wrote "Royal Oak Cottage suggested that it was pretty much a cert to be a bygone boozer, and so it is." Actually it isn't! It seems that an assumption, albeit I believe an understandable one, on my part saw me getting the wrong building. But come on, Royal Oak Cottage would suggest that it was the former Royal Oak to you, wouldn't it? Especially as it looked as if it could've been a former village boozer.

Recently I received an email from Simon and Emma, the current occupants of Royal Oak Cottage, informing me of my error. The property was formed when three smaller cottages, conveniently known as Royal Oak Cottages, were combined to form a single house in the 1980s. Their name came from their proximity to the Royal Oak which was once found at the end of the terrace – the whiter building hiding behind the van in the above picture.

Close examination of the 1881 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map does show a beer house marked at the far end of the terrace. Post-cataract removal it's now clear, perhaps not as clear as day – for the map's printing is a little blurred – but it certainly looks like there's a 'BH' printed by the end of the block of buildings. At some time after the pub's closure it went on to house the village's post office – hence the cottage's current name.

Post Office Cottage, the former Royal Oak, in 2009. © Google 2021

So, apologies for getting that wrong. And whilst I'm apologising, sorry to those who had a premature email regarding he publication of this post last week. Fat Finger Syndrome struck once more.

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