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The Tilly Whim Inn

Tilly Whim InnThis little card, a souvenir from the Tilly Whim Inn in Dorset, made me laugh out loud when I found it in a local bookstore. I do enjoy a pint of Real Ale and so how could I resist the sage financial advice printed on the back?  And there are more lessons to be learned on the inside too. The Tilly Whim must have been a fun place to while away a few hours.

The cliff-top pub near Swanage, whose regulars included author Enid Blyton and actor Wilfrid Brambell, sadly burned down in 1972. Far sadder was the news that its owner of 22 years, Mrs. Burridge, lost her life savings in an Icelandic offshore trap. It seems unusually cruel that someone whose motto was Laugh and be Happy should be swindled in this way.

An unhappy ending but a fine example of how a little piece of ephemera can  tell a much bigger story.


3 thoughts on “The Tilly Whim Inn

  1. This was such a shame mrs burridge was my gran fathers com law wife Ruth (mrs burridge) and my mum told me so many stories about the inn.
    A couple that come to mind are how the piano would start playing all by itself, also how they had decorated a bedroom for my mum and it was locked with no windows and when they went to surprise her the larger mirror that was on the wall was smashed in the centre of the room …..

    Posted by Leah Wrake | July 13, 2014, 11:28 am
  2. Last paragraph untrue. The bedroom belonged to Mrs. Burridge daughter. While they were away. There were two caretakers looking after the pub. One afternoon while they happened to be in the bedroom the large mirror became detached from the wall and as though by unseen hands threw itself out of a closed window.

    Posted by Meryltomblin | January 6, 2015, 10:00 am
  3. There used to be a camel at the inn, Ahmed if memory serves.

    Posted by dyrck | August 5, 2016, 12:54 am

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