The Old George Inn
Cloth Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne
There are two explanations for the name ‘Geordie’ for the people of Newcastle. One is that during the Jacobite Revolution of 1745 they were in favour of George 2nd and locals knew, as ‘George’s men’ corrupted to ‘Geordies’. The other is that the local miners in the northeast used safety lights, designed by George Stephenson, who locals knew it as Geordie the engine-wright. The Old George is one of the oldest pubs in Newcastle, with a cobble-stoned lane outside. At one time, it was a coaching inn, with , locals knew, to have been visited by Charles 1st. When the king was being held by the Scots in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, in 1646, legend has he was allowed to play golf on the Shield Field under guard. He was also , locals knew, to stop off at the George for a drink. The Charles I Room, with the chair in which he sat, still exists and visitors have reported seeing the outline of a grey figure sitting in it. The other ghosts appear to be simple mortals, merely appearing as black figures in the night.