Through his­tory

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The Grade Ii-listed pub’s en­trance has an un­usual blue stone with a carved crown sym­bol and the word ‘Posada’ on it, as well as a glazed brick lobby with a wrought iron ‘Crown ’ gate.

Small, cosy and at­mo­spheric, the pub’s two Pre-raphaelite-style stained glass AND so we head to our fi­nal port of call. A short stroll west­ward along High Bridge, cross­ing Grey Street, brings us to the Old Ge­orge, whose rear en­trance in­forms us it was es­tab­lished way back in 1582, half way through the reign of El­iz­a­beth I.

It is said an­other fa­mous monarch was par­tial to a pint here.

Dur­ing the English Civil War, Charles I was an open pris­oner of the Scots who were in con­trol of New­cas­tle at the time.

For eight months in 1646 -47, he resided in a grand house called Anderson Place, which stood where Lloyds Bank on Grey Street is to­day.

The king liked a game of golf over in Shield­field, and went to church at St Ni­cholas’. He was ex­e­cuted just two years later be­fore a crowd of 200,000 in Lon­don.

The charm of the Old Ge­orge, and its court­yard, thank­fully re­mains in­tact in 2018, al­though back in the 1990s the Chron­i­cle re­ported it was “just weeks away from be­ing turned into a glit­ter­ball-decked night­club”.

King Charles would have turned in his grave! cen­tre.

“A sec­ond Bac­chus pub stood on High Bridge from 1971 to 2001. It was de­mol­ished and re­built higher up High Bridge to­wards Pil­grim Street.”

Steve added: “Those works took place be­tween 2001 and 2003 and in­volved the de­mo­li­tion of 44 to 48 High Bridge.

“Dur­ing the de­mo­li­tions, the area was sub­jected to ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions which among things re­vealed ev­i­dence of the Bronze Age round house.”

New­combe for lo­cal brewer, John San­der­son.Leg­end has it the orig­i­nal Crown was re­named Crown Posada, af­ter be­ing bought by a Span­ish sea cap­tain for his mis­tress. Posada is the Span­ish word for rest­ing place.

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