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Terry Jones opens Royal Oak’s Chaucer Room

Film director and popular television historian Terry Jones has opened the new Chaucer Room at The Royal Oak in Tabard Street

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The occasion was marked by an illustrated talk by Terry Jones called Who Murdered Chaucer? which was received with rapturous applause by guests.

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Hosting the evening was Hamish Elder, joint managing director of brewers Harvey & Son. Guests included Campaign for Real Ale supporters, members of nearby St George's, which was already the parish Church when Chaucer knew Southwark, and Borough residents.

The staircase up to the first floor room has been lined with framed copies of various editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales which features Borough High Street.

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The Chaucer Room has illustrations from Neville Coghill's modern English translation and pottery figures of characters in The Canterbury Tales.

The Royal Oak is an award-winning pub and Harvey's only house in London.

Last year Terry Jones unveiled the Chaucer blue plaque at Copyprints in Talbot Yard off Borough High Street.

• Terry Jones' book Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery is published by Methuen (20).

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