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PUBLIC-HOUSE AND MUSEUM IN ONE

 

Prospective burglars should avoid breaking in to the Bell at Helmdon.  Reason: the licensee, Mr A.G. Brook- house is a collector of old guns – and he is a good shot, too.

 

Hanging round his walls are over a dozen old rifles and pistols probably used in the days of Queen Elizabeth I … the American cavalry sword used in the Civil Wars … a flintlock pistol, the type favoured  by highwaymen … and there are other long-stemmed rifles used in Moroccan and North-West Frontier battles.

 

African War Club

 

Also on view are Mexican wooded stirrups; an 1850 Guinness bottle, a witch-doctor’s stick, an African war club, a rhinoceros hide whip and many other interesting treasures.

 

In fact the Bell is a public-house and museum in one, Helmdon villagers enjoy browsing through Mr Brookhouse's treasures …

 

And they confess that the surroundings are far more congenial than a museum!

 

Mr Brookhouse has been at Helmdon for about three months.  How does he find village life after Birmingham? – “Very pleasant.  But the water here – it’s awful;  I can’t touch it.  Now in Birmingham …”

 

Mercury & Herald  - June 4th 1954
 
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