SERVICE FOR VISITORS:
BEFORE THE DAYS OF AMAZON:
SCAMS ARE NOTHING NEW:
THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND?
In an issue of the Burnham Gazette of 1895 appeared this notice:
“£600 REWARD. Lost at the Drum and Monkey near the Esplanade, a gentleman’s Pocket Book, containing half-a-dozen cane-bottomed chairs, a Nankeen chest of drawers, half a dozen knives and forks made of red tape, a cast iron toad in the hole, a pair of glass breeches, three sacks of mashed potatoes, a breast of mutton in long sleeves, and other sweetmeats. But no matter. Whoever has found the same and will return it to Mr. Bocanky, who shot the Ethiopian with a wooden pick-axe, of No 15, Bug Row, Fryteddy-lane, Goose-street, opposite the Thimble and Sheers next door to the ‘Bull and Tinder-box’ shall receive the above reward. You are sure to observe the address by seeing in the window ‘Chops and steaks on the shortest notice’. A first rate mug of Moco obtained at the Drum and Monkey.”
This spoof may be what gave rise to the inclusion of ‘The Drum and Monkey’ in a list of vanished Burnham pub names by a correspondent to the Burnham Gazette in 1940. There seems to be no other evidence of such a pub ever having existed in the locality.
COULD THIS HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN REGENT ST?……
………or perhaps not.