My previous article should have included a picture of Steve, the "frequent imbiber" I met at The Alum House. I'd hate to disappoint the bloke, so here's a nice shot of him occupying his accustomed seat up at the bar. He is the well-proportioned gent on the left.
The Alum House once adjoined the historic residence of Sir William Hamilton, a Merchant Adventurer who, in order to fulfill a religious vow, locked himself away in a single room with curtains drawn and spent the last twenty years of his life in this self-imposed prison.
It is said that the floorboards were worn into a groove by his pacing up and down from corner to corner.
Similarly, the floorboards in the Alum House are worn into a groove leading to Steve's seat at the bar........
Sorry, mate, I couldn't resist that!