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15 March 2010

Visit a National Trust pub - The George Inn, Southwark

The George Inn, on George Inn Yard, just off Borough High Street, is London's only remaining galleried coaching inn, and dates from the 1670s, when it was rebuilt after a devastating fire swept through Southwark.


The George was one of many coaching inns in the area, as it was from around here that the Roman highway Watling Street left London for Canterbury (for pilgrimage) and the sea ports beyond (for the continent). One of the most famous, The Tabard, was chosen by Chaucer for the beginning of The Canterbury Tales in 1388. Watling Street was the main road through South East England for thousands of years, and these coaching inns served as a setting off point for those who could afford horse-power.

Later, The George was one of the many famous London hostelries where Charles Dickens chose to wet his whistle, and it was mentioned in Little Dorrit. Shakespeare was allegedly another visitor, coming from the Globe Theatre a short distance away.

In more recent times, we are told that the Great Northern Railway used the George as a depot and pulled down two of its fronts to build warehousing. Whilst only the south face remains, it does appear to have survived better than any other example, so perhaps there is reason to be thankful for the railway usage. The pub is now owned and protected by the National Trust, and run by a private company.

For more, see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-georgeinn

^Picture by Jon's pics^

4 comments:

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  2. Is it possible that this galleried coaching inn was also used, from time to time, as an outdoor theatre? It has the look of what I imagine an inn theatre in Elizabethan times might have looked like.

    Very civilised, I call it :)

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  3. It's bike friendly too. The courtyard lets you sit outside with your eye on your bike - a very pleasant evening bike trip once the clocks go back in a few days.

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  4. Great tip Rob. Not enough bike friendly pubs in my view.

    And Hels...not sure. It may have been though.

    And Monica...stop spamming me.

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