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Now a single, split level single bar with a strong Irish theme and an interesting collection of bric-a-brack. Can be busy at weekends.
The building is thought to date from the 17th century, though it was re-fronted in the 19th; it's said that the cellar contains a bricked-up entrance to a maze of tunnels.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
A halberd is a combination of spear and axe with a shaft about 2m long. Halberdiers were body guards to Tudor monarchs and they are still used ceremonially by Yeoman of the Guard.