Re: Pubs, Inns etc

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Posted by Joy on September 23, 2003 at 14:17:45 from user Joy.

In Reply to: Re: Pubs, Inns etc posted by Robert Dilley on September 22, 2003 at 13:37:21:

Robert D wrote: If I can drag TarBoarders back from their boozy reminiscences, the original question was along the lines of "why so many mentions of pubs in the Broads books compared with the Lakes books?"

Easy-peasy. During the English Civil War, East Anglia was a hotbed of Roundheads while the Lake District - in common with much of the north and west (I'm generalising wildly here) supported the King and the Cavaliers. Do Roundheads drink in pubs? I think not. Do Cavaliers frequent taverns? You bet their knee-high boots they do.

Realising that he was writing fiction, Ransome turned this tradition on its head. Ransome's Lake District is full of boozy types and the Broads not. Just one more reason George Owdon loved the Broads was that he could go pubbing under age with his mate Ralph.

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