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Chilton Foliat > Stags Head
Date of photo: 2015
© Copyright David
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The Stags Head was
situated at 31 Chilton Street. This pub opened in 1813 and closed c1955.
Now in residential use, it is the far right building in the above photo.
Source: David Fisher
'But when the Americans suddenly
disappeared the villages seemed very strange without them. On the evening of
the 5th when Eisenhower was at the airfield, the bar at the Stags Head in
Chilton Foliat a couple of miles away was a desolate place. Nobody was in
except the local regulars sitting over their mild and bitter. The bottled
ale and the strictly rationed whisky, which had usually all gone by nine
o'clock were left on the shelves that night. The landlord and the regulars
in desultory conversation, wondered where the Americans had gone, and agreed
that they really rather missed the noise and the bustle, and reflected on
how dead the place would have been all winter if they had never been there.
At closing time with these thought
still in his mind, the landlord locked the bar, and washed up the few
glasses, and then went out to shut up his chickens; and it was while he was
out there in the meadow behind the pub that the airfield came to life. The
aircraft came up over the elms in the park where the American camp stood
empty now and silent; in twos, in dozens, in scores, they circled overhead
and took up formation, and others came over from further north in hundreds.
Standing there in awe, he called to his wife to come and listen. "This is
it", he said.'
Excerpt from 'Dawn Of D Day' by David
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