One of the two traditional hostelries located immediately outside (i.e. north of) the Bargate and so benefitting from the custom of belated travellers (the other being the New Inn, later the Lion and Red Lion). The George stood on the west side of Above Bar Street at the north corner of Cold Harbour Lane and was originally set back from the street. This inn had been a feature of Above Bar since at least 1569, when it was mentioned in the Court Leet records. It was rebuilt in the 18th century. For a short time in the early 20th century the Fire Service used the George Inn stables as temporary accommodation (image 3). They had been previously been situated in Bargate Street, but were forced to move when the police station was extended. The inn was demolished in the 1930s to make way for the ring road around the Bargate.

1. The George Inn

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Frank McFadden’s etching showing the George on the right, c.1890

2. The George Inn

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This poor quality photograph from the 1920s provides a rare view of the front of the George.

3. Fire Crew in George Inn Stable Yard

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Photograph, c.1905


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