Thursday, 18 June 2009
Cats, Custard Pots, Uneven Doors and the Battle of Britain
The trip to Kent is now behind me, or at least it feels like that. But here's a photo inside the Cat and Custard Pot at Paddlesworth. It's the local pub for the Battle of Britain Museum, and no doubt their wartime memorabilia endears them to the people who run it. That plane hangs from the ceiling, as if flying.
As for the name, who knows? Legend says it used to be the "Black Lion" but the artist who did the pub sign wasn't very good at drawing lions. And what was the custard pot? Your guess is as good as mine, and my guess is a round, custard-pot shaped shield.
The nearby tiny church is very sweet and very old. What used to be the main door of this dear little church is now relegated to the back door. The reason is either that people 800 years ago were a lot smaller than they are now, or they didn't mind bending double when they went into church.
The door's two sides do not match. You often get this in very old churches. Symmetry was no more important than headroom, it seems.