Linoneum – for a really Vintage Floor

After seeing the splendid vintage lino at The Valiant Soldier it seems only right to give this flooring material a little more attention. Linoleum: from the latin linum (flax) and oleum (oil). It was invented by Frederick Walton, who set up the Linoleum Manufacturing Co. Ltd in Staines near London in 1864. Linoneum is made by oxidising linseed…

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The Valiant Soldier

Mark Roberts was the last landlord of the Valiant Soldier in Buckfastleigh. When his license was withdrawn by the brewery in the late 1960’s he closed the door and just left everything as it was. The family continued to live upstairs, old Alice Roberts (Mark’s widow) finally left in the mid 1990’s. Nothing had been…

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Mint Julep

There have been some very sultry afternoons and evenings this year – and probably more to come.  All this heat and humidity requires refreshment….and mint is very refreshing. Mint Juleps summon up scenes of  Southern Belles on swing seats on porches entertaining Gentlemen Callers. What could be more civilised? But looking into things more closely;…

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