Perhaps there once were monkeys on the island, but if so it was a long time ago. In 1738, the third Duke of Marlborough decorated the ceiling of his fishing lodge with images monkeys engaged in outdoor human recreation –boating, fishing, hunting. Nobody seems to know what motivated the Duke to paint monkeys, but I suspect that he just painted over images of peacocks. In any event, the hotel has been in business since 1840, so it’s probably seen many generations of peacocks, and the current ones think they own the place.
© 2014 Ken Klug