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Sir Francis Drake's 16th Century pub owners

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The owners of Sir Francis Drake’s local pub have been forced to re-paint the 16th Century interior by jobsworth health and safety officials.

The Minerva Inn is full of historic timber beams - stripped from galleons of the vanquished 1588 Spanish Armada.

Its ceiling was also covered in thousands of hand-written messages left by regulars and sailors dating back over 500 years.

http://www.dailymail...rs-sailors.html

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I wish there was a way to preserve the timber/signatures, and make sure safety concerns were met.

I find it a shame that they had to cover it all.

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I would have just used a transparent lacquer of some kind.

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I would have just used a transparent lacquer of some kind.

According to the article:

Dismayed Shelly, 43, tried to use clear varnish to preserve the pub’s character and leave the scribbled notes visible.

She said: 'We found clear fireproof varnish but it didn’t go well. A lot of the writing is running or coming off so it just looks a mess.

'The only option was to paint over it with magnolia paint. It’s so disheartening, so sad.'

This is so sad! An Incredible piece of history was ruined... :no:

Edited by Kowalski

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