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Grantham Journal letter: Unsure of Archers link

Henry Burtt, the farmer from Rippingale, on whom characters in the Archers programme are said to be based

Henry Burtt, the farmer from Rippingale, on whom characters in the Archers programme are said to be based

Reference the story by Nick Rennie (Journal, November 22) ‘Archers link may save village pub’.

I was born in Rippingale in 1922 and my mother was also born there. My grandfather, Joseph Whitney was the village cobbler, he made boots and shoes. He had 14 children, eight girls and six boys.

The youngest child, Stephen Whitney, was landlord of The Bull Inn from the early 1930s until the late 1940s.

The pub was my local for 20 years until 1956. Mr Baseley or Mr Burtt never called when I was there. If they did call, they didn’t order a meal. No meals were served. Food was served at The Windmill Inn in Rippingale. That pub closed in 1956 and the Stubley family moved in and ran it as a cafe.

George Stubley

Osbournby

 

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