[ May, 2015 ] On the way back from Dartmoor of south west England, we stopped at a village called Colnbrook near Heathrow Airport before entering back in London and had lunch in a pub.
The pub is called “Ostrich” and the sign says “the third oldest inn in England”.
Surely the pillars and beams looked old and quaint.
The foods were good.
But the most interesting thing was a stuffed ostrich upstairs.
It was in a big glass case and its eyes were shining eerily.
Intrigued, I looked at their website and found that the eerie thing is not only the stuffed ostrich, but its history, too.
The history goes back to 1106.
During the 17th century, the owner couple called Jarman made a secretly devised door under the bed of their most expensive room which was just above their kitchen and in the midnight they opened this door so that the rich guest who was sleeping there fell down to their cauldron of boiled water.
By this method, they killed as many as 60 people.
So here in this inn, lots of ghosts appear now and then.
There are some pretty houses in the village, but somehow there was an atmosphere that it has seen the better days.
Probably it was a lovely English village in the past, but now the aeroplanes fly low with overwhelmingly loud sounds one after another, so probably the house prices went down and the people changed, too.