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Toddington [Aug. 25th, 2015|10:13 am]
Tony Grist
"Where do you want to stop for lunch?" asked Ailz. We were driving up the M1 at the time.

"How about here." I said.

Here was Toddington in South Bedfordshire- not the services- but the village nearby. I mean, why stop at the services when there are proper villages with proper shops and pubs and interesting things to see?

Toddington has a large village green with pubs all the way round. According to wikipedia it used to have more pubs per head of the population than any other village in England. Then some of them closed. Then a new one opened this year because what Toddington really needs is more pubs.

We went into the new pub because it was nearest to where we'd parked the car. It's called The Cuckoo and it has real ale and cider and a Victorian cuckoo in a glass case. If we're ever in Toddington again I'll go back there. I had a half of St Albans ale because I always like to drink as local as I can.

I'm on a mission to photograph the whole of Britain (not doing too badly actually) so of course I took pictures of Toddington. Pity the light wasn't better. The church doesn't make it into Simon Jenkins' book of the 1000 best but it has a medieval priest's house attached which is the only one of its kind in the country.

This is the priest's house. Cosy, eh?

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-08-25 09:56 am (UTC)
If you can stil find a pub in a village in England, then you're better off then here. Most of the taverns in the villages in this country didn't survive the years after the Reunification. The small shops did so too. Except for if it's a larger village where one of the bigger supermarket chains felt their pity aroused to place one of their stores...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-08-25 10:50 am (UTC)
Pubs are closing all over- especially in urban areas. These days people prefer to drink at home. All the same, most villages still manage to support at least one. Our village in Kent- which isn't that large- has three- one of them a so-called "gastro-pub" which serves very expensive meals.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-08-25 12:04 pm (UTC)
Okay, when it's caused by drinking at home, then it makes sense that this happens noticeably in urban areas and not nessecarily in villages (as one might think first).
Well, here it happened totally the opposite. Everything in the villages died out - nessecary to say, on the East German side. I can't speak for what once was on the other side of the border on the West German side. (I would only guess it happened similar, only in much earlier times, and depending on how much of rural rebuilding they did at all after the war.)
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