The George Inn, Southwark

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THE GEORGE INN IN 1858

From an engraving by Fairholt after a drawing by J. Sachs



THE GEORGE INN

SOUTHWARK


A SURVIVAL OF THE OLD

COACHING DAYS



BY

B. W. MATZ

Editor of The Dickensian


With Twelve Illustrations from old Prints

and from Photographs



London: CHAPMAN AND HALL Limited
1918



Printtd by A. BROWN & SONS, LIMITED, Hull



One by one the old coaching inns of London have disappeared, leaving behind them little or nothing but a name to remind us of those days when a glamour of romance attached to travelling by road, and when the hospitality of an inn was measured by an atmosphere of cosiness and comfort which do not obtain in hotels to-day, in spite, or perhaps because, of their luxuriousness.

Happily there remains the "George Inn" in Southwark to recall for us the allurement which those old inns possessed.

The object of the writer of this book has been to gather into a permanent form, as a memento for habitués and visitors, all that is known regarding this survival of the old coaching era.

If the following pages prove of interest to the reader equal to that the writer has experienced in collecting and arranging the material, the task will not have been in vain.

He has to thank Mr. Philip Norman, LL.D. for permission to quote from The Inns of Old Southwark and for the use of two of the pictures from it; and Miss Murray and Mr. T. W. Tyrrell for the use of several photographs.



CONTENTS
page
Part I.
  The George Inn As it is to-day 9
Part II.
  Dickens and the George Inn 25
Part III.
  Historical Records of the George Inn 30



ILLUSTRATIONS
 
The George Inn in 1858 Frontispiece
The George Inn as it is to-day facing 10
A Four-Poster Bedstead  „ 14
The Parliament Clock  „ 14
The Coffee-room, 1885  „ 18
The Tap Room  „ 22
An Old Trade Card, 1750  „ 22
The First Floor Gallery  „ 26
The George Inn in 1889  „ 30
The Bar Parlour as it is to-day  „ 30
The Rear of the Inn and Coachyard in 1889  „ 36
Dining Room in the demolished Wing  „ 36


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1925, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.