Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

You may wonder why this old house appears to be partially hidden by the trees.

Well, that is for two reasons; firstly I love to use trees to anchor the foreground but, the second, and perhaps most important reason, is to give the building a sense of mystery, of isolation.

In the last century, this slightly remote building was a club/pub, famous to the villagers as a gambling haunt.
This was the headquarters of the 'Midge Hole Club'. Each Saturday at noon, when work finished at the local mills, many of the men made their way to Midge Hole where they gambled away their wages. They did not return to their homes until Sunday evening and some even stayed until it was time for work on Monday morning. Many wives and children suffered great deprivation because of their husbands' gambling.

Because the club was relatively remote, the owners could save themselves from prosecution by placing lookouts on the lane who reported the minute they saw officials arriving and the owners were able to remove evidence of gambling before the police arrived.

Some older farmers can still remember the club being in operation!

Now, the building has been modernised and extended and is the home of a perfectly normal family. I will show closer details as a workshop.

The weather has turned quite cold today. I hope it's better where you are, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9186 W: 366 N: 21262] (83703)
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