TM0242 : The George, 52 High Street, Hadleigh

taken 9 months ago, near to Hadleigh, Suffolk, Great Britain

The George, 52 High Street, Hadleigh
The George, 52 High Street, Hadleigh
A much altered 16th century Grade II Listed public house. One of the town's leading coaching inns with regular services to London, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. A case heard by the Chancery in the 1560s or 1570s refers to a dispute over the lease of a number of properties including the George Inn between the owner Robert Forth and Thomas Swyneborne. As with most inns of this nature it is the subject of many local tales and rumours of underground passages and hidey holes for priests or smugglers' contraband. One more accurate 1735 tale is of the 'Hadleigh Gang'. Customs Officers raided a house at seymor and found a huge stockpile of tea that they took to the George for safe-keeping. During the night they were attacked by about 20 smugglers and after a bloody encounter where a life was lost, the gang recovered their loot. Smugglers John Wilson and John Biggs were later hanged for their part in the crime but their leader John Harvey seems to have escaped with seven years transportation. The first recorded Innkeeper was Anne Hardcastle in 1791. Auction details by direction of the Executors of the late Mr Thomas Clubbe Coleman of March 1850 lists in detail the accommodation that includes 'six stables affording accommodation for 70 horses; lock up and open coach houses'. In 1865 the sale particulars list only 'two 4 stalled stables, 5 horse ditto' but include in the yard a 'brick built cottage'.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 28 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Public House 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0269 4246 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:2.6080N 0:57.2503E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0268 4245
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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