Times have changed for the mews
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