When pub couple Jonathan and Frances Gledhill took over a village inn, they were so fascinated by an old photo on the wall that they decided to re-create the scene.
The framed picture, hanging at the Red Pump Inn, Bashall Eaves, shows a man, possibly the landlord, bringing a pint of beer to a farmer with his horse outside the pub door.
“It’s a great photo, but we don’t know much about it,” said Frances. “We think it was taken more than a hundred years ago, and the pub sign says ‘Frederick Spurgeon – beers, wines and spirits’.”
The couple re-created the old scene with the help of local friend Elaine Nellist, who brought her horse Queenie to stand outside the same door, which had previously been blocked up but has now been reopened.
And instead of the thirsty farmer receiving a foaming pint of best bitter, Elaine was pictured gratefully receiving a more ladylike glass of wine from Frances.
The Red Pump is reopening tomorrow after several weeks’ closure for refurbishment and redecoration, and the Gledhills say they want to return it to its roots as a traditional village inn for everyone.