The Kings Head, Chertsey

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The Kings Head, Runnymede

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103 Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey

  • A barmaid at this town pub was rudely awakened when the bedclothes were stripped from her. Standing at the end of the bed was an elderly monk. There have been other sightings of this lubricous cleric at this 16th century pub, which has a secret passage leading to a priest hole. During the War of the Roses, a nephew of the Earl of Warwick was caught and condemned to die at Chertsey. When the bell tolled at St Peter's Church, it was the signal for his execution. However, the bell did not ring, for his lover, Blanche Heriot, had made her way into the belfry. She then hung on to the clapper until his reprieve came through from the king. This gave rise to the American ballad, Hang on the bell, Nelly, Hang on the bell.

 

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