At the onset of the Battle of Britain in the dark days of 1940, Churchill’s ‘Few’, the brave fighter pilots who battled over the skies of Southern England, found a haven in the White Hart Inn in Brasted. Here they could escape the traumas of war for a few hours.
The landlords Kath and Teddy Preston were there to share the hopes and fears, the elation and sorrow of the men who lived on the edge daily. Inn of the Few is a tale of those precarious days, an insight into life at the White Hart and its famous visitors.
Inn of the Few includes fascinating anecdotes, archive photographs and documents of a momentous time in history in which local lives gained national significance.
Text by Katherine Preston.
Design by Billie Temple.
19 x 25 cm, landscape.
Published by Hurtwood Press.
Katherine Preston was the landlady of the White Hart Inn in Brasted from 1932 until the 1960s. The location of the Inn, nearby the Biggin Hill RAF airfield, meant that she was a witness to an extraordinary time in history. During the Battle of Britain, she created a temporary home for the young pilots, soldiers, Princes, prime ministers and strays who came through her door. Katherine is rare as a female narrator at the forefront of Britain in wartime, and perhaps as a result, her story is clearsighted and profoundly sympathetic.
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