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Clarendon Arms

Date of photo: 1970s

Picture source: Jeff Rush


 
The Clarendon Arms was situated on Redhall Lane. This pub is now used as a Prime steak house.
 
It must be getting on for 20 yrs that I visited The Clarendon Arms since it closed for an extended period for a huge re-vamp which involved both inside and out. The building itself was redeveloped to include an upper floor and space for the kitchen area to avail food. The outside was landscaped with a brick surround which curled round following the curvature of the road and included a gulley to bed flora. I remember the Clarendon Arms as it was only vaguely but it was a delightful characterful english country pub that took you back in time to a place steeped in history. The walls and exposed oak beams evoked yarns of bygone days when farmers might have met to share stories of their day; a place where village gossip and old wives tales got their legs. Charming it was. I was shocked when it closed and when it was redeveloped I felt it had been robbed of its spirit and was as soul-less and clinical as an exhibit out of a Hornby model rail kit. But today I revisited it for the first time in a long time .I was glad it still retained moreorless its outer visage and at least is still trading and open as hospitality. And as I sat there drinking my tea in the garden at the front. Glimpses of former times flashed through my mind. The side doorway - still in the position it was all those year ago. It was a trip down memory lane. Memories that will last forever.
Dave Degen (May 2021)
 

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