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Close inspection of this picture reveals not only the horse and rider but a man with his horse and cart having stopped to chat to another man adjacent to some land on which Holly Cottages would eventually be built. A white Jack Russell or similar dog is standing outside the now-demolished building just beyond the Jolly Tanners with its fabled cherry trees outside. It was traditional to display the name of the beer supplier in large letters on the exterior wall; in this instance the brew is supplied by Brighton Rock Ales. On the right is a smithy, one of three formerly in the village and now the site of Tanners Mead. Extraordinarily, the triangular-shaped object resting on the grass was a snow plough, to be dragged along the road by, I assume, a team of horses.
Picture added on 23 June 2012 at 10:55
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