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Cider drinkers, Somerset, England, 1980s by David A. L. Davies

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Tucker’s Grave Inn.
A three-roomed pub with no bar counter and a superb tap room. An 18th-century former cottage which has been a pub for over 200 years. The pub name comes from the burial place of a suicide, Edwin Tucker, who died in 1747. The two original delightfully unspoilt pub rooms with simple panelling and fixed bench seating are either side of a central corridor with ancient panelling. On the right is the tap room – note the Georgian lettering on the door which probably dates from the early 19th-century, if not the late 18th-century, and is surely the earliest pub lettering in the country. It survived because, at some point, it was covered by a screwed-on-sign. This small basic room has wall benches and the odd bell pushes. The mantelshelf over the old stone fireplace was replaced in 2007 when the original one caught fire and the room required re-painting as a result of smoke damage.

On the left of the corridor a latch door leads to the tiny public bar which has a genuine Victorian tiled fireplace, some old bar back shelving near the door and above the window but more modern shelving opposite. There is no bar counter – casks of beer and cider are stacked in the bay window which has external shutters to protect the barrels from the sun. A third room to the far left was formerly the living room and was brought into use in 1985 – it has a Victorian tiled fireplace with marble surround. At the end of the passage which gets very narrow is a door leading to the outside gents and ladies on the rear right of the building. There is a skittle alley in a separate stone building at the rear.

People tell me I should take pictures which sell, but I feel I would be selling my soul. Instead I keep on taking the pictures which I enjoy taking. I will probably never get rich from photography, or even make a decent living from it, but at least I will have left authentic images which might just be of of interest to someone after I have gone!

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Scrumpy tastes good anywhere!

  • Wait until the day after!

    – David A. L. Davies

  • Theodore Kemp
    Theodore Kempalmost 4 years ago

    i’ll take a pint !

  • This one’s on me! Thanks for the fave.

    – David A. L. Davies

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    That takes me back…..lovely capture.

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    Oh reminds me of when I lived in Sussex in the sixties… Merrydown and spitoons!!

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 3 years ago

    The Impressionists made new…what a wonderful capture…..

  • Thanks Janis!

    – David A. L. Davies

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallover 3 years ago

    Cheers all around! superb capture, David!!!

  • Cheers Bob!

    – David A. L. Davies

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