Monday, January 3, 2011

Oxford - St. Helen's Passage ...

... the famous Turf Tavern - an education in intoxication ...
... the Turf is satisfyingly difficult to find by chance ...
source: the Turf Tavern 
... down St Helens Passage. It used to be called Hell Passage ...
source: gouk.about.com
     
... the passage twists, widens and narrows as it turns corners ...
source: gouk.about.com
  
... past the bins ...
... just as you think you are lost and are about to give up,
a tiny sign for the 17th century Turf Tavern,
Inspector Morse's  favorite pub, comes into view ...
source: gouk.about.com
  
... Finally the pub itself! ...
 ... Go straight ahead through a tiny, green door ...
  
... Eleven different guest ales are kept on tap,
with the selection changing daily ...
source: gouk.about.com
  
... Guest ales on the way ...
White Horse Black Horse Porter- Beartown Black Bear
Tom Wood's Summer Days - Stonehenge Spire Ale
Greene King Bonkers Konkers - Beartown Kodiak Gold
Tom Wood's Old Timber -Stonehenge Eyeopener
Greene King LBW - and even more on the way ...
source: Turf Tavern blackboard
  
... Turf Tavern kegs ...
  
... gambling, games and vice ...
... the Turf Tavern appears to have change its name
from The Spotted Cow as a reflection of 
its reputation as a venue for gambling.
  
The Turf was where people came to meet their 'turfmen'
or 'turf accounts' and although logic might dictate that
this was primerily a horse racing connection, it seems
they would take bets on pretty much anything.
During the 17th century, the Turf appears to have hosted
many different sorts of sword and stick fighting,
on which bets were placed, while in the 18th century 
the burden of potential death was passed on 
from human to animals in the form of cockfighting.
Indeed, the last known legal cockfight in Europe
reputedly took place at the Turf ...
source: the Turf Tavern
  
... follow meandering passages to the right 
and left into beer gardens ...
source: gouk.about.com
     
... Inspector Morse's favorite Oxford Pub ...
... almost hidden - but insiders know
where to find this traditional English pub ...
source: gouk.about.com
      
... famous people through our door ...
... some great, and some not so great.
the Turf has a rich history of
famous people coming here
to enjoy the beer! ... 
source: Turf Tavern blackboard 
      
... the Turf Taverne ...
by en.wikipedia.org
... or just "The Turf", is a popular but well-hidden
historic public house in central Oxford ...

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