The George

  • The Wall Painting at the Old George in High Street, see also pdf report on this
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Details of the George (1570 - 1984) and also about The Granary which was originally one of the outbuildings of The George.

Also report on the wall paintings with one photo (many sketches also can be seen in WVA).

This was a packhorse inn in the 16th century, being on the old coaching route and thus attracting passing trade. After coaches were re-routed along the London Road, it closed as an inn. About 1830, it was converted into three tenements and remained so until 1959 when it was converted to two homes. The stable block at the rear of the property has long-since disappeared. See the file on The George History for more detail including details of the award from Oxford Preservation Trust in 1984.

Mr and Mrs Young had inherited the house about four years previously, with the arch stoned up, and the gallery built into the house. The former early 16th century inn had been turned into three tenements in the 1700s, the middle one completely blocking the former arch, and the large inn rooms divided up.

It took them 1½  years to restore the fine stone building to its original appearance. It is now their home, with a gift shop in the former tap-room.

Other assorted documents relating to The George can only be seen in WVA.

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