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The George Hotel

This pub is rich in history.

1 George Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7LD

This grade II listed property is described in the Houses of Breconshire as ‘a former house … built towards the end of the 17th century’, adding that the ‘front was remodelled in early Victorian times’. It is not recorded as one of the town’s inns in the earliest commercial directory (1791) nor that of 1829, but is on the 1834 town plan and in the 1835 directory. In the 1860s, the Brecon Recorder still uses ‘George Inn’, yet it’s marked as ‘George Hotel’ on the 1888 town plan.

A plaque documenting the history of The George Hotel.

The plaque reads: Situated in the centre of this old market town, The George Hotel is a grade II listed property described in the House of Breconshire (part 3), as ‘a former house… built towards the end of the 17th century’. The authoritative survey add the ‘the front was remodelled in early Victorian times’. The two storey is not recorded as one of the town’s inns in the earliest commercial directory of 1791, or directory of 1892, but it is marked on the town plan of 1834 and included in the 1835 directory. In the 1860s, it is still referred to as the George Inn in the pages of the Brecon Recorder. However it is marked as the George Hotel on the 1888 Town Plan.

A sculpture entitled Citizens of Rome.

The text reads: The translation of a local tombstone inscription ‘Ala Hispanorum Vettonum Civium Romanorum’ suggests that ‘Citizens of Rome’ were based in Brecon. When the Romans came to Wales in 43 AD, they stationed more than 600 soldiers in the area. Y Gaer, near the town of Brecon (Cicucium) was their main base.

Wales had many natural resources that were useful to the Romans including copper and gold. However, the Romans met fierce resistance from the many tribes in Wales, and the Roman conquest of Wales was not complete until c75-80 AD, when Roman rule was accepted.

A print and text about Edward Stafford.

The text reads: Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was an English Nobleman born at Brecon Castle in 1478. He was a bearer of the crown at Henry VIII’s coronation and a member of the King’s Privy Council. He was convicted of treason, and executed in 1521.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk