Friday, December 4, 2015

The George Inn, Southwark, London - Anglophile Friday

 The George Inn, Southwark
and nearby,
The Shard, a.k.a. Shard of Glass
95 story skyscraper,
housing offices, restaurants, and hotels.

Photos from March of 2015

Huge red dot marks the approximate location of The George Inn.
I'm going by its proximity to the intersection of A3200 and A3
It could be off, I suppose, but you get the general idea.

 The George Inn Courtyard

The George Inn is located in Southwark, pronounced SUTH-ick (for my fellow Americans who have a tendency to actually pronounce every letter in a given word.) Evidently, there are far too many unnecessary letters in English place names.

The stairway in our house is narrow and steep too,
but somehow doesn't exude that same romantic charm.

From Wikipedia:

"In 1677, the George was rebuilt after a serious fire that destroyed most of medieval Southwark. There had been many such inns in this part of London. Probably the most famous was The Tabard where, in 1388, Chaucer began The Canterbury Tales. The Tabard was also rebuilt after the same fire, but was demolished in the late 19th century.

"Later, the Great Northern Railway used the George as a depot and pulled down two of its fronts to build warehousing. Now just the south face remains.

"The George was one of the many famous coaching inns in the days of Charles Dickens. Dickens in fact visited the George and referred to it in Little Dorrit. It is thought that the Galleried Inns were the inspiration of the original theatres, that the Players were on a dais in the Courtyard with the standing audience next to them and that those paying a premium would be in the Galleries with a better view."

A better view

This was before the wonderful mix of olives
brought to our table, along with a bowl of olive oil
and slices of bread. Who couldn't live off that!
(Maybe a little cheese, too.)

But, of course we didn't stop with the olives and bread.

 It had been a very long day.
We were all feeling a bit blurry.

The whole scene is beautiful at night,
with The Shard rising up in the background
and the lights making everything glow.
It was a nice way to end an evening.

Of course, one expects places like this in London to be old, but take a look at this:

The Pandy Inn in Dorstone, Herefordshire,
has been a free house continuously
since the 12th century.

No kidding.


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podso said...

They do know history in England! I enjoy reading of your experiences on your trip--was it last year or more than a year now?

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful images from your trip! That skyscraper is tall. I love the more quaint and cozy Inn's. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a great spot, Judy. Of course you knew I'd say that! Oh England, I miss you! Have a great weekend. ♥

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Judy, I just love Britain, and your photos make me want to be there!

Thank you for sharing.


Barbara said...

You have been to places I will probably never visit. I enjoyed your pictures, and especially the caption where you were all feeling a little bit "blurry." A lot of travel and sightseeing can do that to a person!

Stephanie said...

Wow, what fabulous history, Judy You are so blessed to have been able to visit these beautiful places and we are blessed to learn of them through you. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Hugs to you!

Artsy VaVa said...

What a beautiful and historic place! Thanks for taking me on a little trip this morning.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I am really longing to take a trip to England again. Your posts have me saving my nickles and dimes. xo Laura

Tired Teacher said...

Fascinating post. I'm still dreaming of visiting England in 2016; hopefully, I'll be able to actually go.

MadSnapper said...

that is one very large shard of glass. i like all the glass as long as i don't have to clean it. i like the last short with all the small panes of glass. thanks for m arm chair travels

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Ah - I feel I've shared a pint of IPA in the George with you, CM. I must make a note of the Pandy Inn - looks like one of several 'oldest pubs in Britain'! If true, that's a long tiome to be a free house.

L. D. said...

Lots of stairs, glass and a pub to boot. It looks like a great place to have a good time. Great photos to see.

Terri D said...

Lovely. I really enjoyed this post and the great information you shared with us! Love the Free House especially and wish it could tell us stories from so long ago.

Susie said...

Judy, Since you told how to pronounce the name of that town...I know I would be lost and never found. I don't know if I could ever say it right. LOL. Great pictures as usual, you are so good at taking photos. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

The Furry Gnome said...

Now that's an old inn!

Anonymous said...

This was such a wonderful post. I almost felt like I was there! Thanks. I needed a mini-vacation. *wink*

Debby Ray said...

It just amazes me that these old buildings are still standing! They truly must be built very well. Thanks for the tour and the history lesson!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This is so neat. I've been to England, but I have yet to take my daughter. She wants to go places where the English authors lived. xoxo Su

Lowcarb team member said...

We are truly blessed with so much History ...
But wow that pub ... since the 12th century.. amazing.

Hope the new week ahead is a good one for you.

All the best Jan

genie said...

From one displaced Anglophile to another...this is a wonderful post over which I am drooling with envy. Maybe I will get over across the pond one more time. I surely hope so. I just pretended I was there with you as I looked through your photos.

Buttercup said...

So enjoyed my visit. I didn't make it here during my visits to London, but it's on the list for next time!

Carla from The River said...

I also enjoy traveling with you. Next time save me an olive or two. ;-)
Great post!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's quite amazing how far back some of the building in London (and the rest of the British Isles) go, especially when I realize my own town north of Toronto wasn't settled until the beginning of the 1800s.

Lynn Blaylock said...

You always write such a nice piece to complement you wonderful photos. I always feel as if I've been on a mini vacation. Have a wonderful week!

Jenny Woolf said...

There are so many wonderful old pubs in London. The George Inn is the only coaching inn left but if you wander around Fleet St. you will find some pubs that hardly seem to have changed in 150 years, too. Thanks for a nice post!


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