Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens
George and Vulture
Stop here in this open area.
Turn around and look up at the white corner building. High up you will see the name of the tavern 'George and Vulture' and the date 1600. This inn features in the Pickwick Papers, the book which made Dickens famous. Mr Pickwick had been a lodger with Mrs Bardell. He meets Sam Weller, a cheerful Cockney, and decides to take him on as his man servant and companion. He tells Mrs Bardell that 'two can live as cheaply as one'. Mrs Bardell assumes this is a marriage proposal and sues Pickwick for breach of promise when she finds out the truth. Pickwick and Weller stay in the George and Vulture during the trial. When he is found guilty, Messrs Namby and Smooch come here to take Pickwick to gaol for non payment of his fine. The trial had been a farce, and this is another example of Dickens's contempt of the law.[Now, walk back past the George and Vulture, keeping it on your left.
Right! Let's exit this open area the way we came in. Go back up the narrow St Michael's Alley. Continue straight up it all the way back to the main Cornhill Street. You'll hear from me there.