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Author Topic: Let's see how much history we can dig up? :----------------------  (Read 259915 times)
Historian
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2008, 11:38:01 AM »

Talking of Cookham history - does anyone know the story of the Cookham Minute or 'Cookham Mean Time' as it's sometimes known?

Apparently, King John came on a progress through the village in 1212. He was expected by noon but came  a minute late. Rather than admit the King was not punctual (tantamount to treason!), the clocks were put forward by a minute.

Amazingly, this action was never reversed and so Cookham has remained a minute ahead of the rest of the country eversince!
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Historian
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2008, 11:42:17 AM »

Of course, I mean they put the clocks back by a minute.

Sorry! Interesting story, none the less.
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monty
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2008, 12:05:03 PM »

Was it 'The gate hangs high'
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James Hatch
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2008, 02:10:22 PM »

Hi Monty"
That is the first line. What are the other three lines?
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Monty
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2008, 04:10:13 PM »

The Gate Pub sign says:

THIS GATE HANGS HIGH AND HINDERS NONE, REFRESH AND PAY AND TRAVEL ON - a Mr Thompson was once a landlrd there.

 Roll Eyes

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James Hatch
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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2008, 05:13:25 PM »

Almost word for word Monty, So give that man a Cupee Doll.

The Gate Hangs High
And Hinders None
To Refresh and Pay
And Carry On.

Those were the exact words under the painting of a five bar field gate leading into a meadow.
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Monty
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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2008, 05:18:28 PM »

Glad I got it nearly right and I am a lady not a fella - sorry Huh
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James Hatch
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« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2008, 12:42:06 AM »

Well Monty sorry about that! Anyway you would enjoy a cuddly Cupee Doll wouldn't you? At least we can bring history to light for all to know.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2008, 09:03:27 AM »

Does anyone remember the WI building on Kennel Lane. Famous for its wartime Whist Drives?
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James Hatch
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« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2008, 03:59:20 AM »

Let us try you with another Cookham Quiz question. If you went into one of Cookhams Public Houses a hundred years ago and ordered a "Pot of Ale" what would the liquid measure be. My grandfather drank nothing less.
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Hotspur
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« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2008, 10:19:42 AM »

“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.”

William Shakespeare, ‘King Henry V’   
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James Hatch
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« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2008, 02:16:24 PM »

Yes Hotspur: The quote was fine! but, what was the liquid measure imperial!
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Old Fogey
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2008, 04:56:34 PM »

Please tell us, James, as we may need to reinvent this measure.

Love the joke about the Cookham minute. But you can imagine Cookham's manorial court officers checking the very basic scratch dial on the side of the church or manor court house if they awaited King John's entourage (no sun today, good fellows, so methinks we must guess the hour).

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James Hatch
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2008, 05:21:58 PM »

First of all time measure. Did you ever notice that there is a sun dial on the south face of the church tower. The church clock is kept wound by the church bell ringers. The clock face in the ringing chamber runs backwards or in an anti-clock direction. The clock itself and the clock chime are run off a weigth and cable system with a very large pendulum to keep time correct. At least this is as it was in 2000 when I last pulled a rope on the tenor bell.

"The Pot" measure I know what it was, but I want someone to dig for the answer.
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James Hatch
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« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2008, 05:23:05 PM »

To carry on from the last but one:
Love the joke about the Cookham minute. But you can imagine Cookham's manorial court officers checking the very basic scratch dial on the side of the church or manor court house if they awaited King John's entourage (no sun today, good fellows, so methinks we must guess the hour).

A horseman rides into the manor courtyard "The Kings coach is stuck in Widdebrook, and requests two of your best shire horses to pull him out" Now that would be something of historical note!
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