Times have changed for the mews

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SOME 40 years ago, I bought the lease on a terraced cot­tage (right) in Cres­cent Place, SW3, a stone’s throw from Har­rods (‘Have I got mews for you’, Oc­to­ber 12).

In es­tate-agent speak, it boasted six small rooms and ben­e­fited from a loo in the back­yard. One hun­dred years ear­lier, the 1881 cen­sus listed 14 peo­ple liv­ing there, in­clud­ing a pew opener at The Ora­tory and a bath-chair pro­pri­etor. Now, these houses sell for £4 mil­lion! A. B. X. Fen­wick, Ox­ford­shire

IN re­sponse to the let­ter from Colin Milne en­ti­tled ‘Buy More Bri­tish Food’ (Oc­to­ber 12), I would like to point out that dairy farm­ers did not vote to dis­band the Milk Mar­ket­ing Board in 1994—this was a de­ci­sion made fol­low­ing rules laid down by the EU and pres­sure from the Of­fice of Fair Trad­ing. As a dairy farmer, I cer­tainly don’t re­mem­ber be­ing asked to vote on the sub­ject and the en­su­ing chaos was some­thing we all would have been pleased to avoid.

There are sev­eral pro­duc­ers around the coun­try mak­ing brie and camem­bert-type cheeses, but the ques­tion of trac­tors and ma­chin­ery isn’t an easy one as lo­cal deal­ers are tied into con­tracts with in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ers and very lit­tle is now made in Bri­tain.

Brexit may well bring a change and re­sult in greater self-suf­fi­ciency— I, along with Mr Milne, will be cheer­ing it on. David Robin­son, Car­marthen­shire

IN the quiz of the week, you asked ‘How many pieces are there in a chess game?’ (Town & Coun­try Notebook, Oc­to­ber 12) and gave the an­swer as 32. That might be the an­swer that you’d get from the man on the Clapham om­nibus, but ask a se­ri­ous chess player and the an­swer will be 16—pawns are not pieces, they are pawns. Dr David A. Har­ris, Ox­ford­shire

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