Amazingly Graceful
Signs of Life in the Graveyard

Rocking Down the Line

Duckhams can guitarYes, that guitar is made out of a Duckhams oil can.

I was recently collared by musician Duncan Babbage (I’ve known him for years) on my way into The Old George in Stony Stratford.

He asked me to take a few stills and if possible video a couple of his numbers; his Duncan Disorderly Banned (band) was playing. Here’s the two videos I made that night. It’s the first time I’ve filmed a band in four years, and I'm quite pleased at the result.

The Old George is an ex coaching hotel, reputed to have been built in the mid 16th Century. It’s still a hotel. Set back from adjoining buildings by a couple of feet, it has some 18th Century bay windows facing the High Street.

When bands play here in the bar, the drummer squeezes into one of the bays. There are several steps down into the pub from the High Street; the bar floor is said to be at the level of the High Street when the hotel was built.

Duncan Disorderly BannedThe drummer only just fits into the 18th Century bay window. The modern pavement is about level with the top of the bass drum.

The pub still has a rear court and there’s a coach arch to one side but it’s under the (probably 17th Century) building next door; perhaps it once belonged to the hotel.

The alley through the court is George Yard; It leads to the square and there’s a sewing shop up there facing on to the court; Jane’s Knit and Stitch Emporium.

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