Old George Inn & Mall, Salisbury

Old George Inn & Mall, Salisbury

Old George Inn, built in 1361, was one of city’s oldest inns. Only part of the original Old George remains, but it now has Grade 1 Listed Building in England status. Inside is a wonderful banqueting hall with wooden panels, bunched pillars, oak timbers and a large stone fireplace. Roughly carved heads of Edward II and Queen Isabella are above the pillars. The inn has kept its steep 18th-century staircase, rough floors, Tudor plasterwork decorations and remarkable bay window.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Old George Inn is its impressive guest list. The diarist Samuel Pepys stayed here for one night and when he saw the bill, he became infuriated and had a row with the landlady and moved to a cheaper inn the next morning. In 1645 Oliver Cromwell spent a night at Old George on his way to joining the army. The inn also appeared in Charles's Dickens's novel "Martin Chuzzlewit".

Some 37 years before Oliver Cromwell came, William Shakespeare and his strolling players stayed at the inn en route to Wilton, it is said they rehearsed “As You Like It” in the garden of the inn where Old George Mall now stands.

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Sight Name: Old George Inn & Mall
Sight Location: Salisbury, England (See walking tours in Salisbury)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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