|The Falstaff Inn|
|The West Gate and Tower|
The White Hart Hotel as as it was then known was just outside the city walls. At night the gates to the medieval city were closed and pilgrims unable to reach the city before dark would stay at inns such as the White Hart. It was renamed the Falstaff in Elizabethan times. Sir John Falstaff appears as a corpulent knight in Shakespear's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.
Queen Elabeth 1 was so taken by this character that Shakespear included him as a central character in the Merry Wives of Windsor. To an Elizabethan audience Falstaff would be instantly recognizable - not so today.
Nonetheless the name has become an adjective. In dictionary.com it is described as one "having the qualities of Falstaff, especially his robust, bawdy humor, good natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio".
Is there anything more cheerful than a buttercup.
|Is there anything more cheerful than a butter cup|
|Perhaps only a field of buttercups|
|The Hawthorn in full bloom|
|Lympe Caste and the remains (lower down the hill) of Stutfall Castle marking the Roman port of Portus Lemanis|