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ISBN: 9780857101266
AUTHOR: Terry Townsend
Pints & Pulpits
Pints & Pulpits
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Distributed across the county, the collection of intriguing inns featured here has been described as one of the glories of Devon. This book presents a way of exploring them which enhances the enjoyment of a pub lunch by providing additional food for thought.

This is the story of the seemingly improbable marriage between the village pub and parish church.

At the heart of many Devon villages you will find an ancient inn nestling in the lee of a lofty church. Not many sights evoke ‘Englishness’ more than this timeless tableau. The scene is so familiar, yet few stop to wonder how the unlikely union came about.

In direct contrast to a pub’s general reticence to reveal its secrets the whole fabric of a village church displays its detailed antiquity. A church can teach you not only about its own history, but also about the history of England. How changes in attitudes to religious practices impacted on social history; how people lived and thought and consequently what topical events were being discussed over a pint of ale in the inn next door.

For centuries churches have been custodians to momentous events in village life like birth, marriage and death but the inn has also had its role. Glasses were raised in the pub to celebrate weddings conducted in the church. Babies’ heads were wetted traditionally in the font and metaphorically in the village bar.

The majority of memorials in the church and churchyard remember local people who knew both institutions throughout their lives.

Terry Townsend takes a tour of some of the most fascinating of Devon’s inns in this entertaining guide to an unexpected aspect of the county’s hostelries.

Terry Townsend, who lives in the West Country with his wife Carol, has written extensively about the social history of English pubs and inns.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 126 6, hardback, 210x148mm, 112 pages. Published November 2019.

Wiltshire's Haunted Pubs & InnsWiltshire's Haunted Pubs & Inns - £9.99
Wiltshire is weird and wonderful in equal measure. Unexplained mysteries crowd one upon another; crop circles, stone circles, UFOs and circulating stories of the supernatural.This book by Terry Townsend is essentially a paranormal pub crawl providing a window into this eerie world by exploring twenty-seven of the county’s most haunted hostelries.
More Dorset Smugglers' PubsMore Dorset Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Historian and author Terry Townsend has once again travelled to towns, villages and hamlets across his home county seeking ‘more’ of the authentic pubs patronised over two and a half centuries ago by Dorset smugglers.
East Devon Smugglers' PubsEast Devon Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This superbly illustrated guide by Terry Townsend follows smugglers’ trails revealing contraband landing beaches, secret hiding places and grand homes of aristocrats who helped finance the unlawful activities.
East Sussex Smugglers' PubsEast Sussex Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Terry Townsend, who has written extensively on this subject, has identified a significant number of authentic Smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout East Sussex. The events actually occurring during the smuggling heyday provide stories every bit as wild as any to be imagined.
Suffolk Smugglers' PubsSuffolk Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Terry Townsend explores smuggling connections of Suffolk down the whole of the eastern seaboard from the northern border with Norfolk to the southern border with Essex. It is a guide to a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two and a half centuries ago by Suffolk smugglers.
East Cornwall Smugglers' PubsEast Cornwall Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
The fascinating story of smuggling in East Cornwall is revealed here in this superbly illustrated guide by Terry Townsend, through visits to eighteen authentic inns and taverns frequented by the old time free traders.
West Cornwall Smugglers' PubsWest Cornwall Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This superbly-illustrated guide from Terry Townsend features authentic pubs from St Ives to Falmouth patronised over two centuries ago by Cornish ‘free traders’. In these wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and secret hiding places one can sense the desperate days of smuggling’s golden era.
Isle of Wight Smugglers' PubsIsle of Wight Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This copiously illustrated guide by Terry Townsend features a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two centuries ago by Isle of Wight smugglers. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and secret hiding places are where, with a little imagination, one can sense the desperate days of smuggling’s golden era.
Hampshire Smugglers' PubsHampshire Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
This lively guide by Terry Townsend will lead you to a significant number of authentic pubs patronised over two centuries ago by Hampshire smugglers, where you can experience directly a sometimes unexpected slice of the county’s colourful history.
Dorset Smugglers' PubsDorset Smugglers' Pubs - £9.99
Drawing on jail records, Customs’ reports, contemporary newspaper articles and eye witness accounts, the story of smuggling in Dorset is revealed by Terry Townsend through the history of the pubs that served as meeting places, recruitment centres, secret storage facilities, distribution depots and valued customers.
Once Upon A PintOnce Upon A Pint - £9.99
Now, if you need it, you also have a good excuse to pop down the pub. Illustrated throughout in colour, this handy new hardback by Terry Townsend is the essential guide to more than fifty of the most characterful hostelries in the fair counties of Dorset and Somerset and their famous literary links. Cheers and good reading!
Web Price: £9.99
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