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Blue Anchor

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The Blue Anchor was situated at 25 North Lane. This pub is now used as an Indian restaurant.
At least two generations of Mother's family used to rent one of two cottages at the end of Blue Anchor Passage from the 19th century until it was bombed,from a returning German plane that had to dislodge one of its bombs before returning home, in 1940 when she was 14 years.  This means that this was my mother's family home for about 80-100 years, and for as long as she can remember the rent was always five pounds a week. My Mother's maiden name is Hilder. Towards the end of the war this was my parents (who were married at the end of the war) favourite pub, as it was my grandfather's and my great-grandfather's pub. My mother is not certain if her family residential history at this location goes further back or not. My mother says she was told these cottages were used - at least at the beginning of its time as a pub - as overnight lodgings for horse coach drivers when their carriages and travellers stopped at the Blue Anchor. Apparently the passage has been closed off and is now a room and part of the Indian restaurant).
Janice Lowing (July 2016)

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