The George Inn
Chideock, Bridport, Dorset
This inn is close to Golden Cap, the highest point along the Dorset coast. A World Heritage Site is the thatched George Inn. The George is 350 years old. It refers to George 2nd, who was the last English king to lead his troops into battle at Dettingen in 1743. The two-storey white painted hostelry exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include a former licensee from the early 1900s, Julie Woodward. Observers describe her as wearing a black or grey dress and carrying a bunch of keys. In the 18th century, this inn was home to the Chideock Gang of smugglers. In the 1800s, the infamous smuggler, Isaac Gulliver, used the beaches nearby to bring in his contraband. He bought a farm a couple of miles north of the coastline. Here he planted a clump of fir trees on top of a hill as a landmark and guide for his ships coming in.