© Mr Robert Hornyold-Strickland
THE GEORGE INN, THE PLAIN (west side)
NORTON ST PHILIP, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Mr Robert Hornyold-Strickland
30 June 2001
11 March 1968
Date of last amendment:
11 March 1968
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ST7755 NORTON ST. PHILIP CP THE PLAIN (West side)
11/310 The George Inn
Inn. C14/C15. Roughly coursed rubble Doulting stone ground floor and rear with C16 oversailing timber framed frontage
to front upper floors, added after a fire. Stone slate roof with arcaded chimney crowns to end gables and rubble stone
chimney stacks to ridge and off front and rear eaves. 3-storey ground floor has 2-square stone mullioned bays with
cusped lights and 2-stage angle buttresses, a central porch with moulded 4-centred archway, with heavy planked doors,
giving access to the Inn and rear courtyard, the arch spandrels have stone shields and there is an angle buttress to
one side of the porch. To the right, 2 stone-mullioned windows and wood-framed door opening reached by a flight of
stone steps. The 2 upper floors are each jettied out on exposed soffit timbers and moulded brackets. The timber
framing divides the frontage into rectangular panels with curved braces and plaster infilling. 3 wood-framed casement
oriel windows to first floor, one flush 3-light wood casement window over archway, 2 similar casement windows to second
floor. The rear elevation shows several original features including 3 cusped stone-mullioned windows, 1 blocked, 2
with leaded lights; an octagonal, stone staircase; turned and relieving arches. Random rubble stone and stone slate
roofed out-buildings enclose a courtyard paved with stone setts, along the north west side runs a wood-framed gallery.
Good interior features include open stone fireplaces, moulded ceiling beads and an open timber roof with wind braces.
One rood contains wail paintings probably from C16. Among the historical personages associated with the Inn are the
Duke of Monmouth, who is said to have used it as his headquarters on the occasion of a skirmish in the village with
Royalist troops under Feversham, Cromwell, Judge Jeffreys and Samuel Pepys.