The only surprise at the passing of Linley Brook’s local pub is that it managed to survive for so long, says William Cash from Shropshire. Rural communities have moved on, but the NPPF should at least make the glass half full for (former) landlords.
There used to be a pub (or should I say ‘tavern’?) here at Upton Cressett – Middle of Nowhere Hall – called the Blue Boar. I believe it was at the top of Meadowley Bank and was knocked down in the last century; I am not sure when. But it features regularly in the Shropshire County Archives for Upton Cressett, which I have been reading through recently for my book on restoring the house.
I mention the Blue Boar because – as in evolutionary theory – the remote rural pub was knocked down by some landowner after it had fulfilled its useful social function. In the middle ages, there was a population of several hundred at Upton Cressett. In the Victorian era, there was an Old Rectory and a full time vicar at the local 12th century church, St Michael’s; now it is empty, romantic, deserted and of another age. There hasn’t been a religious service in the beautiful Grade I listed building since my sister was christened there in 1971.
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