I remember this all too well.
I helped tidy up the financial mess after all that though you might have to look hard to find my role and did most of the internal design for the re-launch. Under new management now of course a few years ago. They have done a brilliant job on yet another internal conversion. Like it. Most of the design elements I put in are still there. Just re-purposed in a different way to my thoughts. A new look that is probably better in a way. Well worth a visit if you are in Oxford. All River Thames and good British countryside dinning and drinking. And the history, well……. Lewis Carrol and all that.
You can find the original artwork for the Pub Sign for when the pub re-opened. From a design by me but constructed by a far greater artist than me. There were also Business cards as you would expect.
If you find one, do the trick we loved to show people. Look at the card and see the fish of the Pub’s name. Get the dreaming spires reference and the fish in the water below. The steeples you see are an ‘homage’ to the fact that this Pub is owned by Christ Church College from back in Dissolution of the Monasteries which they got to inherit.
Such are roots of history. See elsewhere about the havoc a small hamlet can create.
But that fish.
Turn the card round and look again. See the dreaming spires in a new light?
P.S. That tent in the review? Well see elsewhere in my interests for where that idea came from.
The line of trees from The Perch to the river conceals a footpath. There is a landing stage of sorts.
1910: This section in Thames Valley Villages by Charles G Harper
2008: September – The Perch re-opened after a fire. See link
2007: The Perch caught fire and lost most of its roof in May –
and many more. Try “The Perch Binsey” in Google images or videos (as see above).