Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting HT NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Lydia Johnson on: Pubs - as rich in history as they are in flavour
THIS week I spoke to Ledbury couple John and Hilda Tye who have recently completed the enviable feat of visiting every Herefordshire pub in just six weeks.
But this was no binge-drinking marathon they were embarking on. They were looking to help document some of the history and heritage of each pub, and the county with it.
We seem to be losing more and more pubs all the time.
Many won't agree but to me, pubs are an important part of our culture.
My friends and I always gather in pubs, whether we're celebrating a birthday, planning a trip or just having a general catch-up.
Many pubs have stood for hundreds of years - just think of the history and stories that are trapped inside the walls of your local.
Many will have interesting stories to tell, often documented by the sign outside the pub.
I visited The Skirrid Mountain Inn, near Abergavenny, last year - the pub that is reportedly the oldest pub in Wales, dating back to 1110.
The stories that one bar man, John Smith, had to tell were incredible - they range from experiences of ghostly apparitions to tales of the 180 people who were hanged in the pub when it was used as a court house.
The sign that hangs outside The Skirrid tells yet another story - the inn stands in the shadow of the Skirrid Mountain, sometimes called the Holy Mountain, which, according to legend , broke in two at the time of the crucifixion of Christ during a violent storm.
So whether you appreciate your local for its history, its fine selection of ales or ciders or the feeling of community you find inside, I think many would agree that our landscape would be much duller without them.
Comments are closed on this article.