Saturday, 8 May 2010

The George Inn, Norton St Philip, nr. Bath

I while back, I was riding along and stumbled on this picturesque inn just south of Bath. 6 miles south of Bath lies the picturesque village of Norton St Philip in Somerset, but the gem in this village is the George Inn, which supposedly dates back to the 14th/15th century. I didn't go inside but it has a medieval courtyard inside, and period features in the rooms.

The inn was originally built to accommodate travelers and merchants for the wool trade fair which happened annually until 1902. The timber framed upper floors were added in the 15th century. It has been used as a location for a few films.

More information: The George Inn website and the Wikipedia article.

Get there: The village is just off the A36 south of Bath on the B3110/A366. Bus: 267 from Bath.


Anonymous said...

Great find. The whole area looks like it's from a different time, that is until you see the modern adaptations and additions.

Anonymous said...

Also loving those lower arch windows. It looks kind of bizarre how the lower level looks so different from the upper level. Also remind me to drag you to the Geffrye Museum in London.

Tessa-chan said...

It certainly feels like it! it's that little bit different from Bath with it's ellow stone and the village really stands out. It's like a cream rubbley version with none of the smooth polished (*cough!*) surfaces that Bath has.

I love those arched windows too, looks like they were from a church/cathedral, because you have to bear in mind that architecture from this period was typically only done in stone if they were wealthy. This *is* a generalisation, but it is one reason why you see a lot more medieval churches and a lot less timber framed buildings (the white-black buildings, as is the upper 2 floors of this example). That aside, you also have the problems associated with wood - rot, worm infestation, fungus (such as dry-rot), fire (don't forget, things such as the Great Fire brought about some changes in laws back in the days, and of course the countryside was slower to follow the capital obviously). Of course, I am under the belief that churches are sacred buildings so destroying them would just be really bad (bear in mind that people in the past were more religious than they are now), whereas normal Joe Bloggs' house isn't covered by this sort of protection, and much was under the mercy of the developers over the centuries.

But yeah, because you like it so much, I'll post a few other pics from the same village over the next few days =)