SU1429 : The Red Lion Hotel in Salisbury

taken 4 years ago, near to Salisbury, Wiltshire, Great Britain

The Red Lion Hotel in Salisbury
The Red Lion Hotel in Salisbury
Best Western hotel viewed across Milford Street. The base under the lion shows 13th century.
The following snippets are based on information on the hotel's website.

Originally the White Bear Inn, the building was constructed to house the draughtsmen working on the new cathedral. When the basic construction was finished in the late 13th century, the White Bear continued to house visitors to the cathedral and subsequently the new city of Salisbury. It is therefore possible that this hotel is the longest-running purpose-built hotel in the UK.

In the early 1700s the name was changed to the Red Lion and Cross Keys. This name remained until January 30th 1769 when the sign was altered to the Red Lion. When Daniel Pearce Safe, the Postmaster of Salisbury, took over the ownership of the Red Lion in 1766 he immediately transferred the Salisbury Post Office to this building. As a result the Red Lion became the main entrance for all mail coaches arriving in and leaving Salisbury. The hotel was one of the principal stopping places for the mail coaches that ran between the Belle Savage in Ludgate Hill to Exeter in 1810.

The hotel offered farmers from rural villages an ideal place to stay whilst visiting Salisbury Cattle Market. It was also much used by traders visiting the nearby market which is still held on Tuesdays and Saturdays to this day in the Market Square. The hotel was used as the headquarters and clubhouse of the Salisbury Rugby Football Club after it was formed there in 1881.
Red Lion pubs
The second most popular name for a pub, this name became popular when James I ordered red lions to be displayed outside all public places.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 22 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1457 2993 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:4.1112N 1:47.6062W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1454 2995
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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