The rarest drink in the world

joans hole gin

One might have trouble topping this bottle of Cognac for rarest tipples in the world:


Said to be the last remaining hand-blown jeroboam (6 litre, smaller bottle shown above) bottle in the world and believed to have travelled with the army of Napoleon Bonaparte as it waged war against Austria and the British. The Dutch Republic fell to French troops in the same year. Bought from a Chicago collector in 1990 for more than €24,000. Estimated value €138,000.

Of course you can purchase some old and rare  Joan’s Hole Vintage Damson gin at a fraction of the price.

A River Runs Through it

(c) Bewdley Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Dick Brook by the artist Alistair Bell. Painted in 1973 – currently in the Bewdley Museum

Dick Brook
Dick Brook is famous as Andrew Yarranton built the first canalised brook in this country, at the place Dick Brook.  There is no apparent reason for it being called this, but it could have been named Glasshampton,  but then changed to Dick Brook. The brook is the boundary of Astley and  Shrawley.

 Andrew Yarranton was born in the parish of Astley between 1616 and  1619. He built Dick Brook around 1650-55.  It was based in between Astley and the River Severn and two roads  crossed the brook, but maps show only one of the roads had a bridge.

Joan’s Hole is at the source and formation of Dick Brook.

A pictureque part of the English countryside.