LONDON Tabard Inn Southwark Chaucer Pilgrims antique print 1873
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LONDON: Tabard Inn, Southwark, Chaucer, Pilgrims, antique print, 1873

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'Erected on the site of the Hostelrie frequented by the Canterbury Pilgrims in Chaucer's time'


Tabard Inn
The Tabard, an inn that stood on the east side of Borough High Street in Southwark, was established in 1307, when the abbot of Hyde purchased the land to construct a hostel for himself and his brethren, when business took them to London, as well as an inn to accommodate the numerous pilgrims headed on annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. The Tabard is famous as the place owned by Harry Bailey, the host in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and is described in the first few lines of Chaucer's work as the location where the pilgrims first meet on their journey to Canterbury in the 1380s:

Bifel that in that season on a day,

In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay

Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage

To Caunterbury with ful devout corage,

At nyght was come into that hostelrye

Wel nyne and twenty in a compaignye

Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle

In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,

That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde;

The chambres and the stables weren wyde,

And well we weren esed atte beste;
By the time the antiquary John Stow wrote his Survey, the Tabard was one among a crowd of inns that lined the thoroughfare that led south from London Bridge towards Canterbury and Dover, "many fair inns, for receipt of travellers, by these signs: the Spurre, Christopher, Bull, Queen's Head, Tabard, George, Hart, King's Head" &c. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries "the Tabard of the Monastery of Hyde, and the Abbot's Place, with the stable and gardens thereunto belonging" were sold to John and Thomas Master.
The inn, entered through a gateway in the high street, and clustered around its yard, was destroyed by a major fire in Southwark in 1669 but was immediately rebuilt and renamed The Talbot. It profited from the coaching trade and was renowned as a coaching inn in the days of Charles Dickens. However, it fell into disuse with the arrival of the railways and was converted into stores. It was demolished in 1873.
The site of the Tabard is next door to The George (itself one of London's oldest public houses) in Talbot Yard (to the east of Borough High Street). On November 23rd 2003 a blue plaque was installed on the wall of Copyprints Ltd, the oldest building in Talbot Yard, describing the historical significance of the Tabard Inn and celebrating Southwark's cultural links with Geoffrey Chaucer. It was unveiled by former Python and Medieval enthusiast Terry Jones.

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Tabard Inn

DATE PRINTED: 1873    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 15.0 x 22.5cm, 5.75 x 8.75 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Light spotting; The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: The print you will receive is in Good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition compared to that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. This print has been scanned in black and white, however any foxing or spotting highlighted in this statement may appear brown on the actual print. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Unsigned

PROVENANCE: The Graphic



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LONDON: Tabard Inn, Southwark, Chaucer, Pilgrims, antique print, 1873
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