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What part of the world is this? Have you considered it could be a definct pub converted to a Chinese restaurant? There’s an Indian Restaurant around here in an old thatched building. Also... pubs are closing daily. Could be gone for good.
Not that far from Tamworth (is that Staffordshire or West Midlands?) You could be right many pubs have disappeared in this area especially in villages - including my favourite drinking hole 'The Moores Arms' in a little village called Norton
 

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A bit off topic I know, but has anyone else from other parts of the UK noticed this mentality ????
Not so much the being hostile and rude bit, but a definite sort of ‘My village is better than your village’ mentality. My family were incomers in Oxon, (from Wales) but one of my uncles‘ married a local woman and she did have a lot of tales about the surrounding villages and the rivalry: The people from X are unfriendly, the people down at Y will rob you, etc. And of course those other villages had the exact same things to say about others.
 

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Not so much the being hostile and rude bit, but a definite sort of ‘My village is better than your village’ mentality. My family were incomers in Oxon, (from Wales) but one of my uncles‘ married a local woman and she did have a lot of tales about the surrounding villages and the rivalry: The people from X are unfriendly, the people down at Y will rob you, etc. And of course those other villages had the exact same things to say about others.
Maybe it’s a countryside thing then. Growing up in central London, I never experienced or heard any jokes about people living in the more outer suburbs.

When I told my old neighbours about us moving to this village, they made jokes about my grandchildren being born with webbed feet etc.:)

Anyway back on topic.

There is a tiny little village near me, that has a cool village name, (which I won’t post obviously) but it does not have a through road, it just backs onto fields, so there is only one way in and out of the village.

During the recent 75th VE day celebrations, an expat mate of mine (who is massively home sick), asked me to send him as many pictures as I could of Union flags, and bunting that people had put up outside their homes.

I took many of my village, then thought I’d go into the little village mentioned above and take some snaps there. Unfortunately the place was deathly quiet. No flags, no bunting, no one outside their homes enjoying the sunshine and I swear I was being watched from behind lace curtains of every house.

Talk about straw dogs. They obviously don’t get many visitors
 

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Sambourne, Redditch. The Green Dragon Inn.

There’s a Green Man pub near Tamworth.
 
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Maybe it’s a countryside thing then. Growing up in central London, I never experienced or heard any jokes about people living in the more outer suburbs.
Probably; my aunt’s people had been there about 400 years, according to records, and it’s a kind of tribalism maybe.

Her village was tiny (a hamlet really) with a no-through road as well. Going to the next village along to watch a film in the village hall was THE big night out, she said.
Some villages seem to have pretty good communities and others can feel almost like graveyards. People live there but you never see anyone.
 

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Probably; my aunt’s people had been there about 400 years, according to records, and it’s a kind of tribalism maybe.

Her village was tiny (a hamlet really) with a no-through road as well. Going to the next village along to watch a film in the village hall was THE big night out, she said.
Some villages seem to have pretty good communities and others can feel almost like graveyards. People live there but you never see anyone.
Yes we had a few of those places with odd village halls up north. The main form of local currency seemed to be Doilies and Jam Spoons.
 

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Tried that, there isn't one anywhere in the area, which means either I misread the name or?!
The Green Dragon in Flaunden is rustic enough (currently closed and under new ownership) - used to have an aviary in the beer garden and beloved by bikers, as the road was too narrow for parked cars.

http://www.flaunden.com/flaunden-pubs
 

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Tempest, like you I was born and raised in London, and moved out to Essex some years ago (to Braintree).

What I have noticed about Essex, is that people from Chelmsford, have said to me that the people who live in Braintree are all thick inbreeds, and in turn the people of Braintree have told me that anyone living in the surrounding villages of Braintree, are all thick inbreeds.

In the village I live in now, the locals think that anyone living in the smaller surrounding villages are thick inbreeds.

This makes me wonder if this is an Essex thing, or does this mind set apply to all counties of the UK.

A few years back I was on a late night train bound for Colchester, and a very drunk young woman was being openly hostile to any commuter living further afield than Shenfield. She even asked one guy (who said he lived in Marks Tey) if he’s ever fuc*ed his grandmother up the @rse :wide: (seriously) sorry - her words not mine, who even thinks like that for Christ’s sake ..?

A bit off topic I know, but has anyone else from other parts of the UK noticed this mentality ????
My wife and I were in Braintree a few years back when we saw, and heard, a couple of women communicating in clicks. They were clicking to one another as if in some obscure extra terrestrial language. Either that or were having a complete wind up.

I have to put concerns of the Braintree Wicker Man to one side as the town has the best ethnic food outlet in the Asian Cookshop. Saves me spending too many lunch breaks walking to Brick Lane when I’m in the City.
 

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In the village I live in now, the locals think that anyone living in the smaller surrounding villages are thick inbreeds.

This makes me wonder if this is an Essex thing, or does this mind set apply to all counties of the UK.
My sister and family live in Suffolk and have taken me several times on holiday in Norfolk - brilliant when the kids were small because the journey was only about 90 mins. People in Norfolk take holidays in Suffolk for the same reason - Suffolk folk view Northfolk folk as country bumpkins, Northfolk folk view Suffolk folk as country yokels.
 

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A bit off topic I know, but has anyone else from other parts of the UK noticed this mentality ????
I think it's a worldwide phenomenon. When I grew up in Lincolnshire, we used to mutter that Norfolk folk were all web-footed and inbred. Down here in Devon, the local medical code for "not quite right" was allegedly NFT - Normal For Tiverton - and the medics had to be told not to put that on notes any more. (This may well be an UL, I'm just repeating what I was told). However, I'm sure I read that the old story of country bumpkins trying to fish the moon out of a pond has versions from the north of England and the continent, hence my assertion that this is an international thing.
 

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They have this legend where I live, in Wilts, there’s a pub called the Moonrakers, and it was apparently because smuggled barrels of brandy were hid in the village pond (any vlllage) and when the excise men came across a bunch of ‘local yokels’ with long rakes dragging the pond one moonlit night, they stopped and asked what they were doing, so these yokels said they were trying to rake the moon from the pond. Upon which, the excise men laughed their socks off at the stupidity, and rode away.

I have a feeling Wilts is a bit far inland for this, but the Old Town does have many old tunnels that cause road subsidence quite regularly and block the streets off. They’ve never been fully explored and some people think ‘run cargoes’ of brandy were hidden there.

Tunnels in Old Town
 
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I remember the moonrakers story when I was a kid. I consider myself both a moonraker and a Hampshire hog as I was born and raised on the county line.
I think the rhyme we learnt as kids went,
'Ampshire born n 'ampshire bred,
Strang in the arm but thick in thee 'ead (mush).
One of the local pubs had the county line running through it so in one bar you were in Hampshire t'other bar you were in Wiltshire!
There's also a Green Dragon near Salisbury which I remember being a lovely old pub, would be on the old Southampton to Salisbury road I think...
Nowt creepy round 'ere mush.
 

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They have this legend where I live, in Wilts, there’s a pub called the Moonrakers, and it was apparently because smuggled barrels of brandy were hid in the village pond (any vlllage) and when the excise men came across a bunch of ‘local yokels’ with long rakes dragging the pond one moonlit night, they stopped and asked what they were doing, so these yokels said they were trying to rake the moon from the pond. Upon which, the excise men laughed their socks off at the stupidity, and rode away.

I have a feeling Wilts is a bit far inland for this, but the Old Town does have many old tunnels that cause road subsidence quite regularly and block the streets off. They’ve never been fully explored and some people think ‘run cargoes’ of brandy were hidden there.

Tunnels in Old Town
My stepfather born and bred in Bath, used to tell me this same story... That they would "play" the act of someone who was feeble minded (for want of a better description) by raking the pond in the expectation that anyone in authority would dismiss them and not think to look for any contraband...

Still on the subject of creepy/weird/odd villages... Has anyone ever visited Parkend or Whitecroft in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire? It has a very odd and insular feel about it.. the latter of the two places has an antique/junk shop with a really creepy mannequin stood outside which only exacerbates this.
 

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Never explored it much.

Lots of secret places. (Like in Devon and Cornwall).

its an ex industrial area so will have a certain feel, which may seem at odds with the idea of forest.
 

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I find the Forest of Dean quite eerie and uncomfortable and I’ve never known why, as it’s a beautiful place but I just...don’t like it.
For sure... I can't put my finger on it either and this will probably make no sense but I feel like I'm never completely in control there or at ease. Like I could quite easily get lost, even on a road I know well. ‍♂
 

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Like I could quite easily get lost, even on a road I know well. ‍♂

Yes, that’s the feeling. We used to go through there quite a lot when I was young, en route to Wales, and last year went through it again. It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny, and we drew in at a lay-by to have a cup of tea. Same feeling. Lovely area, and not much traffic, and I was glad to come out of it. My partner didn’t say much, but chose to come back a different way on busier roads which I thought strange as he‘s only just returned to driving after many years, is still a bit nervous, and much prefers less traffic.
 

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It's not just small villages that can be creepy. A new (almost) town sprung up in the North West of the UK over the past 20 years- Buckshaw Village-, thousands of homes, flats, supermarkets, pubs, doctors surgeries and everything that goes with it. You can drive through street after street and never see a soul. I find the place creepy as do others I know who have visited the place.
 

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Not that far from Tamworth (is that Staffordshire or West Midlands?) You could be right many pubs have disappeared in this area especially in villages
There’s a Green Man pub near Tamworth.
You mean the one in Middleton (no more than 3 miles from where I am sitting)? That could possibly tally with Black Peter's description, if he had been spending the day at Middleton Hall. Nice enough village, really, but slightly confusing roads.
 
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