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The Barley Mow

Barley Mow Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey

A pleasant village pub on the edge of the village green, the Barley Mow has history over 350 years. In October 1852, a pistol shot at Priest Hill fatally wounded a Frenchman, a former naval captain. This, people have claimed, to have been the last duel in England on a nearby hill. People carried Frederic Cournet to this village inn, where he died. Authorities later charged his opponent, a French civil engineer called Bartelmey, with murder. The Court convicted him of manslaughter. Gravediggers buried Cournet in Egham churchyard. However, his ghost still haunts the Barley Mow pub. Apparently, he took a long time to die and heavy gurgling sounds, listeners hear, from the bedroom in which he finally expired. The French seem to have been as keen on their duels as their contemporaries were in England. In 1808, two Frenchmen fought in balloons over Paris, each attempting to shoot and puncture the other's balloon. Both assailants shot one another down to earth.