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George Inn

Picture source: Hania Franek

The George Inn was situated on the High Street. This old coaching inn, which dated back to 1364, is now used as a shopping mall.
The following is taken from a 1930s Wills cigarette card:
'The George dates from the early 14th century, its name being derived from its association with the Guild of St George, formed in 1306 by the Mayor and Corporation. The records, which disclose many interesting facts, relate that a bay window was added in 1453 at a cost of 20s. Many famous men have slept beneath its roof, and Shakespeare himself may have been among the players who gave performances in the court yard (now the garden). On October 17th 1645, Oliver Cromwell passed the night here on his way to join his army, while Samuel Pepys, after a visit, entered in his diary the characteristic remark that he had received 'very good diet, but very dear'. The sturdy old timbers of the interior are impressive evidence of the inn's antiquity.'
Brian Boyle (July 2011)

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