Vat 0 - The Swan Inn, Fittleworth

#1 by Ian , Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:58 pm

The Swan Inn in the village of Fittleworth has been long believed to have been the place where the idea of the AOFB was conceived.
AOFB founder Bert Temple had visited the Inn previously, it being in a idyllic spot with several good fishing rivers. Bert went there to recuperate following the life saving operation performed on him by Sir Alfred Fripp. The inn was a favourite haunt of many authors and artists of the day and it's setting must have inspired many over the decades and centuries, maybe it inspired Bert too.
The Swan was often referred to in AOFB circles and the Sporting Times as Vat 0, a fact picked up and used by CAMRA when the Swan was awarded one of it's Pubs in Time Plaques - sadly not all of the information on the plaque is correct, namely the 'demise of the fraternity'. The temperance movement had very little to do with it, agreed the current world economic climate during the Great Depression did not help, but ultimately it was the passing of members 0 and 1, Bert Temple and Sir Alfred Fripp that led to the order being voluntarily wound up.

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RE: Vat 0 - The Swan Inn, Fittleworth

#2 by Ian , Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:00 pm

The CAMRA Pubs in Time plaque on from the wall of the Swan , and FOFB Chairman Dave 'the Chain' Woodhead, author of Of Fripp and Froth, toasting the plaque.

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