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    The General Havelock Inn in Ratcliffe Road, Haydon Bridge is a stones through from the former holiday home of Monica Jones the long-time friend and partner of Philip Larkin. I have not found any reference to their being patrons of the Inn but its a reasonable surmise as alchoholic indulgence was a shared enthusiasm. Both Monica Jones and Philip Larkin were fond of animals and their Haydon Bridge neighbours pets were much indulged not always without some cost as per the occasion when Merlin, the cat belonging to the General Havelock Inn was accidentally locked in Monica's cottage! Its rescue entailed Larkin driving from Hull; with Monica (who did not drive) to reunite it with its owners. As far as I could see there is no permanent reminder of Haydon Bridge's Larkin association though John Martin 1789-1854, the famous landscape and biblical painter was born in the town and is well remembered. On the wall of the General Havelock is a plaque recording the friendship of the then landlord with John Martin who painted a sign for the pub. It is, according to the notice now worth £1m. so surely it can't be the one hanging there today? The village Hall has a permanent showing of prints of Martin's work, the most famous of which (possibly) is "The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah", the original can be seen not far away in The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a 12 mile John Martin Trail around the village, something for another vist as my outing today is the 36 mile walk of The Isaac Holden Tea Trail, starting ten miles away in Allendale Town, no buses either so I'll be getting my hitch-hiking thumb out soon... Monica Jones 1922-2001 Philip Larkin 1922-1985
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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