TL9925 : The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester

taken 1 year ago, near to Colchester, Essex, Great Britain

The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester
The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester
Grade II* Listed Hotel with 15th century core. Remodelled and extended in the 17th century with early 18th century front. First records of the George appear in 1494. Part of a middle truss and a section of 14th century wall still exist from the original house. In the first half of the 18th century a tilted carriage from Ipswich, owned by Thomas Shave, stopped at the George every Friday on its way up to London. The carriageway in George Street is bricked up but the frame still exists. First mentioned in 1790s directories, they refer to the inn as the George and Dragon but the first recorded innkeeper was Abraham Moor who died in 1778 after a tenancy of more than thirty years. On arrival of the railway in 1843 the then landlord John Smith provided horse-drawn omnibuses to meet the trains and also later to Brightlingsea, Braintree and Walton-on-the-Naze during the summer months. Changing hands a few times, it was sold to Trumanís in 1959 who were taken over by Grand Metropolitan who converted the ballroom into bedrooms and created a carvery in the cellar around 1979. Queens Moat House Hotels bought it in 1982 and sold it to a Michael Slagle in 1994. During his refurbishment in 1995 they were able to say that its ground floor showed evidence of medieval shop fronts both facing the High Street and George Street, with the owners presumably living on the first floor. They further noted that the building was originally only two storeys, the present day third storey having been added at a later date, together with its Georgian front. Marketed by the Best Western Group it was still owned by Slagle who sold it to London and Edinburgh Inns Group in 2002.
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 6 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Hotel 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 9973 2523 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:53.3897N 0:54.0633E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 9973 2521
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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