The Monday Photo
Next time you travel between Botolph Claydon and East Claydon, why don’t you stop and look at this old thatched shelter? It was built over 100 years ago, and is known as the Claydon Mushroom. inside it you can see carved wooden boards that tell you a little bit about the shelter’s history. The first one says:
Builders: L. Stonell & Sons Granboro’ F W V 1912
Thatchers: J Gibbard & Son Padbury
The second board says:
Rethatched by S Viggers 2012 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year
and the third:
Funded by Claydon Villagers, Claydon Estate, and Bucks HBT
It looks like these boards were all put in the mushroom at the same time. S. Viggers is Stuart Viggers, Master Thatcher, in Banbury. I have no idea who Bucks HBT are. Do you know?
The mushroom club in the village hall next to the school and clock tower is a fully licensed bar named after the shelter. It’s available for hire, with the hall.