The New Inn, Gloucester
The New Inn was built in 1450 by John Twyning, a monk, as a hostelry for the former Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, and is on the site of an earlier inn. It is a timber framed building used as a public house, hotel and restaurant. It is the most complete surviving example of a medieval courtyard inn with galleries in Britain, and is a Grade I listed building.
The announcement of Lady Jane Grey's succession to the British throne was made from the Inn gallery in 1553, and it is thought that William Shakespeare may have performed at the Inn with his company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, as it is known that the company did visit and perform in the city.
1582 - The New Inn
As part of the annual Gloucester History Week, the New Inn invited us to take over the courtyard and gallery, and take the Inn back to 1582. This is a bi-annual multi period event, set around the cathedral, docks and other locations in the city. The New Inn still has its original gallaried courtyard providing an excellant setting. We set up an outside kitchen and provided food and drink to various Tudor travellers visiting the inn. We also invited the visitors to sit down with us and join in the conversations to find out what life was life in a Tudor Inn.