WAR­GRAVE

Berkshire Life - - HERITAGE LIFE -

“War­grave, nestling where the river bends, makes a sweet old pic­ture as you pass it, and one that lingers long upon the retina of mem­ory.” So said Jerome K Jerome in his book, Three Men and a Boat.

War­grave is a cu­ri­ous place. De­spite what the rather gloomy name sug­gests, the word ‘War­grave’ is de­rived from ‘WeirGrove’ rather from the lit­eral mean­ing of war grave. Look­ing around, my thirst for in­trigue and ad­ven­ture needed sa­ti­at­ing. My first drink was in The Bull Ho­tel. This quaint low-beamed lit­tle place seemed to be pop­u­lated with a few farmer types and is also ru­moured to be home to a ghost. One day in 1934, a sob­bing woman was re­ported to be vis­it­ing here. A former land­lady of the inn, she had been ban­ished from here af­ter her hus­band had caught her with her lover. Ac­cord­ing to folk­lore, she died from a bro­ken heart. She prob­a­bly re­ally died from the cold or sui­cide. Her ghost is re­ported to be heard sob­bing, and her teardrops are said to have stained the wall­pa­per.

The Grey­hound is an­other low-beamed charm­ing pub where the crowd is de­cid­edly younger. A small brass plaque is nailed to the bar with the words ‘Wally’s stool’. A fel­low drinker told me

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