From the Surrey Herald front page:
“What is believed to be the oldest licensed pub in Surrey has closed, just four months after celebrating its 400th birthday.
Metal shutters have been pulled down over the windows and doors of The George in Guildford Street, Chertsey, bringing four centuries of trade to a halt.
It is not the first time the pub has closed.
Time was called for a brief period in 2012 but now some locals fear the Grade II listed building will not remain a pub.
Floral House resident Gordon Coxon, 83, was a regular but has heard rumours that it won’t return as a public house.
“I have lived here about five or six years and have tried to be a regular because it is the nearest pub to Floral House,” he said.
“The reason I am concerned is because of a rumour of it being turned into a fish and chip shop, which for a pub with that history is a bit naughty really, isn’t it? Chertsey has such a big history. I would be quite disappointed if that happened.
“It is just such a shame to see all the metalwork across the windows and doors. It seems strange.”
The George is believed to date back to 1613 when it was known as The Prince’s Arms.
By 1770 it went under the title of The Boot.
The third, and longest standing name, came in the late 18th century following a visit to the pub by King George III, when its current moniker was adopted. And just like any self-respecting pub, it is also rumoured to have a resident ghost.
The pub held a weekend of activities at the beginning of August to mark its 400th birthday.
Emma Warren, curator of Chertsey Museum, said: “It is a very beautiful building and in a town as historic as Chertsey we need to hang onto as many old buildings as we possibly can.
“Fortunately, as it is a listed building, any new owners won’t be able to change it too much.
“It is part of the history of this area so it would be sad to see it changing use.”
Chertsey St Ann’s councillor Shannon Saise-Marshall said it was better to keep it open as another business, than see it closed. “I don’t know why it’s closed. I’m saddened that it has though,” she said. “It is a shame to lose another establishment.”
Typical Runnymede Councillor who claims to not know why it is closing – it’s her job to find out such things!!!