We are ripping-up and replacing carpets around the Inn today. The policy is, after five mud seasons carpets have to go. Digging down through the stratum we were delighted to find the linoleum floor of the 1940s/1950s which we had seen in pictures of the Reception room before it was converted to the Tavern. We changed the room back to Reception again when we moved the Tavern to the rear of the building, over-looking the garden, two years ago.
With the linoleum uncovered, the opportunity was there today to make a full restoration of the space as it appeared 60+ years ago. It seems to have held up well over the years, buried under other carpets. Sure would be easy to clean in mud season.
But – well – no.