Stories passed down from staff at Hardwick House suggest that Grahame knew the owner, Charles Day Rose, and frequently attended parties there. It is a strongly held local belief that the colourful Sir Charles was the model for Mr Toad and Hardwick House the model for Toad Hall.
The George Hotel, who kindly display the Christmas tree, is currently undergoing a makeover and its theme will be Wind In The Willows. So, who better to have as our mascot for this year’s celebrations than Mr Toad himself!
Keep your eyes open for Mr Toad on 6 December 2019. Mr Toad is back in Pangbourne for Christmas.