SJ9496 : George & Dragon

taken 6 years ago, near to Hyde, Tameside, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title George & Dragon in this square
George & Dragon
George & Dragon
The George & Dragon is probably the oldest pub in Newton. Records date the licence back to around 1756. It wasn't the large public house there today; probably just a small cottage. Before 1756 it is thought that the premises were a shop before it gained a licence. The first recorded landlord was James Harrison, who kept the house for over twenty years. The next landlord, Jonathan Smith the elder, kept the George and Dragon from 1778 to 1826, a grand total of 48 years.When he died in 1826 his wife Elizabeth carried on for a further eight years and then Thomas Smith, thought to be a son carried on until 1850. It seemed to be a family tradition to be in the licensed trade as Jonathan had another son known as Jonathan The Younger who kept the Shoulder Of Mutton Inn on Talbot Road (1819-1823) and also the Bay Horse (1825-1834).

The George & Dragon is supposed to be haunted by a ghost affectionately known as Ferdinand who seems to have been around since the 1950s. Nobody knows his origin; he is described as of average height with long, bushy beard, side whiskers, and wearing a long frock coat.

The pub boasts a fine bowling green at the rear and over the years a consistently good bowling team have won many prizes in local leagues. LinkExternal link

SJ9496 : Sign of the George & Dragon.

In front of the pub is the Bennett Street War Memorial SJ9496 : Bennett Street War Memorial.
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Date Taken
Friday, 3 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 6 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Place (from Tags)
Date (from Tags)
1756  1778  1826  1850 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9492 9619 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.7458N 2:4.6789W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9496 9622
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Public House  Haunted  Bowling Green  War Memorial 

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