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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th February 1915 Comedian Dick Emery was born in Bloomsbury, London.
19th February 1897 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat died from diabetes in Ealing.
19th February 1838 Jane Alsop's terrifying encounter with Spring Heeled Jack.
19th February 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
This is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn, 1676
Location: Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1NH
Description: The George is London's only surviving galleried coaching inn. Rebuilt in 1676, after a devastating fire swept Southwark, it was one of many such inns in the area. It was first heard of in 1554, ten years before Shakespeare was born.
The Old Bar was the waiting room, for coachmen and passengers.
The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, a haunt of Charles Dickens and features in Little Dorrit where Maggy tells young Tip he has to go to the George to write a begging letter.
It is now in the safe hands of the National Trust.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London