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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The George Inn

The George Inn in Southwark is the only remaining galleried coaching inn in London. There used to be many such establishments in this area where travellers would stay the night before continuing their journey early the next day. Before the coming of the railways in the 19th cent these coaching inns were very common throughout the country, usually spaced about 10 miles apart so that the horses could be changed and the journey could be continued.


During Shakespeare's era plays were staged in the courtyard with people watching from the galleries. Nowadays there are tables in the courtyard for people to sit and enjoy a drink and a chat with friends



20 comments:

  1. Beautiful Inn and interesting history!! I love your photos, they really capture the feel of time and history. Wonderful post for the day! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a great week!

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  2. Great photos of a very interesting place. Now I know what a galleried coaching inn looked like!

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  3. lovely place with a great sense of history.

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  4. It looks somewhat like a Victorian building you would see in Melbourne, with verandahs for coolness.

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  5. It is amazing to think of the history this Inn has seen! I'm so glad it is being preserved for the future.

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  6. You have such grand history right at your feet. I love the idea of being in the same inn that Dickens actually spent time. He might well have been inspired by some of the happenings when he was there.

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  7. Great place with history. When in London I would love to visit :)

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  8. beautiful verandas! thanks for sharing the history of this place.

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  9. Looks like I would be a great place for a beer and a conversation. I wonder who many of both this place has seen?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. Great looking place especally the baconys.

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  11. There are so much nice old pubs still there. I am amazed they are still so good looking.

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  12. Beautiful pictures and I love your story!
    Thanks for sharing it with us...
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

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  13. Love the history! Perhaps a little drama plays out now and again at those picnic tables even now. LOL

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  14. Beautiful old heritage building.

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  15. Looks like an interesting place to visit. Enjoyed the photos and info! Have a great day. :)

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  16. Looks like a real charming place !

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  17. What an awesome old building - sometimes I wish my city had more history and places like this.

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  18. Really interesting! This would be a fun place to visit on a day out from Coventry :).

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  19. From the days when travel was a lot more complicated! Resting every 10 miles?!

    Cool place! :o)

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