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Ye ancient double yellow line problem!
You may have seen the story last week about the council in Swindon painting double yellow lines in an alleyway too narrow for a car!
It is not a completely new form of madness as this two hundred year old photograph, taken outside the Langport Arms Hotel in deepest Somerset, clearly shows.
These Ancient Mark Master Masons, quite clearly enjoying themselves, are waiting for the Mail Coach to take them to a meeting of Grand Lodge at the Goose and Gridiron in London. Look carefully and you can see the double yellows painted in the roadway, a little narrower than they would be today but probably just as menacing.
The Langport Arms was an old coaching inn so they must have had some experience at dealing with the problem!