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Book Title: Shakespeare's Local|
The author of the book: Pete Brown
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Edition: Pan Books
Date of issue: June 6th 2013
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A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but it was a con job calling this book "Shakespeare's Local" when no one even knows if he ever had a single pint in The George in his life and if I'd known that, I don't know if I would have shelled out for the book.
That said, the book was a quite interesting history of a real-life medieval pub over 600 years from the time of Chaucer, through the Elizabethan age, the brief times of the fast mail coach where the horses were changed at the pub to the modern day.
(view spoiler)[Nothing to do with the book, but my parents lived in The Coach House, which was a newish house built on the foundations of an old coaching inn. It still had the arch where the horses would go through to the stables. (hide spoiler)]
In fact, it is the only remaining coaching inn in London. The George was rebuilt in 1666 after the Great Fire of London and nothing remains of the medieval structure. I'm not sure how much of the present builing is original, probably the galleried portion and maybe some of the glass.
Here are some pictures of the George. http://www.goodbeergoodpubs.co.uk/pub...
Note for Americans: it isn't a big deal to have a 400+ year-old pub as your local, there are loads of them about. I don't think pubs go bust all that often and so are continually occupied. My local when I was growing up was the Murenger, which dates from Henry VIII's time. It wasn't really my local as I lived in a village, but in the nearest town where us kids would gather of an evening and it didn't care if you were 18 or not.
It is a good book for the history of a pub through the ages, very light reading, and quite a nice present for someone going to London who likes history and beer.
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Pete Brown is an English writer who has written extensively on the subject of beer and drinking cultures around the world. He has written three books; Man Walks Into a Pub, Three Sheets to the Wind, and Hops and Glory. Brown was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and now lives in London.
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