The George in the Tree
An example of a long-standing inn from at least the 18th century, but much altered. It took its name from the 4 Hanoverian King Georges. As it stood back from the road at the time, the sign was prominently hung on a large roadside elm, hence ‘in the Tree’.
It lay on the livestock drovers’ route from Wales to London, and the drovers could enclose their animals overnight safely in its grounds, whilst they spent a comfortable night inside. Later as turnpike roads developed, it became a coaching inn.