Meet Patrick the Pony, who has been elected unofficial ‘mayor’ of a Devon village

On a hot August day there can be few nicer places to enjoy a pint than in the garden of the Drum Inn at Cockington, the Devon village frequented by a teenage Agatha Christie.

Growing up in the nearby seaside resort of Torquay, the Queen of Crime spent many happy hours at Cockington Court, the 16th-century manor house owned by friends Charles and Margaret Mallock.

But Cockington’s English charm, with its thatched cottages, quaint tearooms and Norman church, never blinkered Christie to the downside of living in such small rural communities.

‘There is much wickedness in village life,’ her…

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