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A Tale of Three Villages - Alan Bateman

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Colnbrook, Harmondsworth and Longford were the three villages in todays talk.

Alan Bateman, Secretary of the Club gave the talk assisted by slides.

Three small villages slowly being eroded by Heathrow Airport and it's planned expansion, hold some interesting historical facts.

Alan's family owned farmland before and after the airport appeared. Some slides showed Alan as a young lad on the farm and tractor driving.

Alan picked out certain properties and buildings and then took us back through the history books, one with a gruesome tale.

The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook dates back to 1106, although the current building was constructed in the 1500's.

The hostelry is said to have hosted King John, who is rumoured to have stopped at the pub on the way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta.

According to local folklore, highwayman robber Dick Turpin used the inn as a hideout, escaping the Bow Street Runners by jumping out of a window.

But it was a series of murders in the 17th century which really put the pub on the map.

Rich guests at the inn started disappearing in mysterious circumstances under the reign infamous pub landlord Mr Jarman.

The guests would go to sleep upstairs in one of the rooms that had a magic four-poster bed in it.

It would tip backwards when they were fast asleep and tip them into a pot of boiling liquid, in the kitchen below, killing them instantly.Then they would throw the bodies into the brook behind the Inn!

Thank you Alan for a look back into your family history.

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