13 August, 2008

Old Inns of Dorset Postcard

The postcard shows four old inns in Dorset. They are (clockwise):
(1) Smiths Arms, Godmanstone
(2) Fox Inn, Corfe Castle
(3) Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock
(4) Castle Inn, Lulworth

Once the village smithy, the
Smiths Arms inn at Godmanstone is said to be the smallest public house in England. The beautifully-thatched building measures only 20ft by 10ft; it is about 500 years old. Smiths Arms is said that the original licence was granted by King Charles II, when he requested that the village smith serve him a glass of porter. The smith refused as he had no licence, so Charles granted him one on the spot and was served his drink.

The Fox Inn is reputed to be the oldest pub in Corfe castle (1568). There is a large beer garden overlooking the castle & Punbeck Hills. The pub has a 14th century fireplace with real fires.

Old Inns of Dorset Postcard

The Three Horseshoes Inn is a 300 year old thatched public house and restaurant in the village of Burton Bradstock.

The
Castle Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Dorset dating from the 16th Century and has original woodwork and a delicate thatched roof, near the beautiful Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door of the Jurassic Coastline.

NOTE: ALL OPERATIONAL
Smiths Arms. Godmanstone, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AQ Tel: 01300 341236
Fox Inn. Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5HD Tel. 01929 480449
Three Horseshoes. Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4QZ Tel: 01308 897259
Castle Inn. West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RN Tel: 01929 400311

SOURCES:
Godmanstone Wikipedia Entry
The Fox Inn
The Castle Inn Wikipedia Entry

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