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The Dirty Bottles


The Dirty Bottles is a freehouse pub on Narrowgate in Alnwick. The right-hand part of the building has 2 windows and dates from the 17th century; the left-hand part was built later and has 3 windows and an early 19th century attic storey. It was previously called 'The Cross Inn' and later 'Ye Old Cross Inn'. The inn has a c.13th century shield, upside down with the de Vesci arms, above the entrance (a cross patonce, hence the original name of the inn).[1] The Dirty Bottles is a Grade II listed building on the National Heritage List for England.

It is said that in 1725, the landlord of what was then named 'The Cross' inn, dropped dead when cleaning the bottles displayed in the window. According to local superstition, the were said to be cursed and the landlord's widow declared that anyone who touched the bottles would suffer the same fate. As a result, the 'Dirty Bottles' were sealed between two windows and have lain untouched ever since.

Alnwick 1725 Narrowgate, Alnwick Historic Buildings and Monuments in Alnwick Public Houses
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The Dirty Bottles, Alnwick

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Alnwick - Dirty Bottles

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The 'Dirty Bottles' window, Alnwick

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The Dirty Bottles
- Website of the pub. "....The Dirty Bottles – or as the locals in Alnwick, Northumberland say it ‘Thi Dorty Bottles’ – pub has been open for over two centuries and the building ...

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The dirty bottles

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Alnwick - Dirty Bottles

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Ye Olde Cross

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Sign for the Dirty Bottles, Alnwick

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The 'Dirty Bottles' (Ye Old Cross Public House), Narrowgate, Alnwick

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YE OLDE CROSS PUBLIC HOUSE 'DIRTY BOTTLES' - Alnwick - List Entry
- "Right hand part of 2 windows C17; left hand part of 3 windows later with early C19 attic storey. Two storeys and attic. Painted dressed stone. The right hand part ...

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The Dirty Bottles Plaque, Alnwick

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The Dirty Bottles, Alnwick

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The Dirty Bottles Window, Alnwick

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The window of the Dirty Bottles, Alnwick

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List number: 1041432
List grade: 2
Post code: NE66 1JG
County: Northumberland
Grid ref: NU1856313471

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