There has been an inn on this site since the 13th century. It is said to have got its name in Tudor times, when the silver greyhound was the badge of the royal messenger. In 1851, The Greyhound was billed as ‘Commercial Inn, Greyhound Corn Exchange, Excise Office’. In 1910, the building’s exterior displayed the words ‘The Greyhound Hotel’. It is possible that it was also called The Black Greyhound at one time, presumably because there was a ‘White Greyhound’ next to The Bull Hotel.