Thursday, 20 August 2009

Famous London Pubs - Olde Mitre Tavern

There's a sense of discovery when you find the Olde Mitre Tavern. It's hidden down an alleyway between 8 and 9 Hatton Garden, marked by an old crooked street lamp and a small sign in the shape of a bishop's mitre, the arched alleyway entrance has a sign above stating "Ye Olde Mitre 1546". Despite these clues many who work in the area don't know it exists.
The original tavern was built in 1547 for the servants of the Palace of the Bishops of Ely (Cambridgeshire). The palace was their London base, they had power and riches and played host to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. After the reformation Elizabeth forced the bishops to rent some of their land to Sir Christopher Hatton, one of her courtiers. The area became known as Hatton Garden, and is famous as the centre of London's diamond and jewellery trade.
Both palace and pub was demolished in 1772, although the pub was soon re-built. A stone mitre from the palace gatehouse is built into a wall. The preserved trunk of a cherry tree in the corner of the front bar marked the boundary of the diocese and the land leased to Hatton, and legend has it that Elizabeth I danced the maypole around it.
Technically this tavern and the lands around Ely Place are in the control of the Diocese of Ely, Cambridgeshire and until the last century the pub licence was issued there. Even the City police has no jurisdiction here.
Continue past the Old Mitre and emerge in Ely Place where you will find the 13th century St. Etheldra's chapel, the oldest catholic church in Britain. It was named after a queen of East Anglia, who in the 7th century, became a nun, founded a monastery at Ely and was the first Abbess.
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Horseracing - Just Hung On To My Shirt

I had a great day out at York races on Tuesday, one of the best places to go racing in the country. Unfortunately, our best bet Father Time could only finish third, However, I managed to hang on to my shirt, thanks to Frankie Dettori winning the last race.

Profit/Loss - 3.65 points.


Thought For Today

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Why Do We Say That?

This old saying comes from the Bible. In Ecclesiastes 10:20 the writer warns us not to curse the King or the rich even in private or a 'bird of the air' may report what you say.

This comes from the use of a kind of whip called a cat o' nine tails.

After it was woven wool was pounded in a mixture of clay and water to clean and thicken it. This was called fulling. Afterwards the wool was stretched on a frame called a tenter to dry. IT was hung on tenterhooks. So if you were very tense, like stretched clot cloth, you were on tenterhooks.

This was originally a nickname for the poet Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) who was known for writing sentimental verse.

Can You Believe Your Eyes

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Who Am I?

Ten more clues for you to unravel, which will lead you to our mystery celebrity. Can you work out who it is?

01 I was born on 23 May 1933.
02 I was born in Paddington, London.
03 I am an actress,
04 I was signed by J Arthur Rank Film Company when I was 17.
05 In 1952 I made my film debut in 'I Believe In You'.
06 I have worked with both Laurence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson.
07 I was once married to singer/actor Anthony Newley.
08 In 2003 I was a passenger on the the last transatlantic-flight made by British Airways Concorde.
09 I have been married 5 times.
10 I have a famous sister.