George and Dragon, Great Budworth

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George and Dragon,
Great Budworth
George and Dragon, Great Budworth.jpg
George and Dragon, Great Budworth
Location Great Budworth, Cheshire, England
Coordinates 53°17′37″N 2°30′18″W / 53.2937°N 2.5051°W / 53.2937; -2.5051Coordinates: 53°17′37″N 2°30′18″W / 53.2937°N 2.5051°W / 53.2937; -2.5051
OS grid reference SJ 664 775
Built 17th century
Restored 1875
Restored by Rowland Egerton-Warburton
Architect John Douglas
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 27 August 1986
Reference no. 1329885
George and Dragon, Great Budworth is located in Cheshire
George and Dragon, Great Budworth
Location in Cheshire

The George and Dragon is a public house in the village of Great Budworth, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


Great Budworth is a village that was formerly in the estate of Arley Hall. In the later part of the 19th century, its owner, Rowland Egerton-Warburton, undertook a "campaign to restore the village and render it picturesque in Victorian eyes".[2] The George and Dragon was at that time a simple three-bay Georgian inn. In 1875 Egerton-Warburton commissioned the Chester architect John Douglas to undertake the restoration. Douglas added tall rubbed chimneys, mullioned windows and a steep pyramidal turret.[2]


The inn has three bays and is in two storeys. It is built in brick with a roughcast rendering on the upper storey. The roofs are hipped and covered in clay tiles. The central bay consists of a two-storey porch which projects forwards. Its lower storey has an elliptical-headed doorway, and in the upper storey is a four-light mullioned window. Each lateral bay has a four-light mullioned window in the lower storey and a three-light mullioned window in the upper storey. A tall rubbed brick chimneystack rises from the left side of the roof. Diagonally from the right corner is the inn sign. The cut-out pictorial sign itself originated in Nuremberg while its ornate wrought iron bracket was made by the estate blacksmith. On each side of the porch is an oak post-and-rail fence inscribed with a number of sayings. Above the inner door is a stone containing a verse written by Egerton-Warburton. Internally, in the bar, is a stone inscribed in Latin and the date 1722.[1]

Present day[edit]

The George and Dragon continues to trade as a public house and restaurant.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "George and Dragon Inn, Great Budworth (1329885)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012 
  2. ^ a b Hubbard, Edward (1991). The Work of John Douglas. London: The Victorian Society. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-901657-16-6. 
  3. ^ George and Dragon, Onionring, retrieved 22 March 2011