The Smith's Arms claims to be the smallest pub in England, however there is another contender "The Nutshell" at Bury St. Edmunds which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Apparently in 1982 the two pubs challenged each other for the title, and it was played out in a football match which was won by the Nutshell.
However there is quite a history attached to this beautiful little pub in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Tradition has it that King Charles II stopped at a blacksmith's forge in Godmanstone and asked the smithy for a glass of ale. The blacksmith said, 'I cannot oblige you Sire, as I have no license.' Then the king said, 'From now on you have a license to sell beer and ale', and to this day you can still buy a glass of fine ale in the forge where horses once were shod. Now it is a 20ft. x 10ft. bar invitingly comfortable and cozy. Neatly thatched with a colorful sign depicting a smithy at work, the old Smiths Arms - built of mud and flint, and set on the banks of the river Cerne where visitors can sit at picnic tables and enjoy their refreshments while feeding the ducks. We didn't have the opportunity to sit outside it was raining quite heavily when I took this photo, but we did enjoy their home cooked ham-on-the-bone and chips with a nice drink that day.
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burdallet (0) 2004-07-23 12:07
According to the french taste . could be a nice picture if more discret Look ( remove flags 2 !!! and the very large signboard ! )
... but it's in UK ..
Burnham (2428) 2004-07-23 12:23
I actually like the sign being so big, it makes the pub look even smaller. This is a very crisp and colourfull image. I especially like the red doorframe and it's companion, the red fence on the far left. Lovely place you found here ;o)
JorgeJacinto (1033) 2004-07-23 12:38
davecall (575) 2004-07-23 15:00
Hi Joan, I love the photo & think the Note that goes with it is great. I am an SA expat in the UK, & I can tell you this is exactly what I love about the UK & what makes it magic to me. With every interesting place there's an interesting story. That glare on the right-hand side of the photo is something I got in all my pics during my last weekend in the Cotswolds -- there must be a solution to that. Otherwise everything is fine. You don't get that sort of quaintness in South Africa -- or even in France :)
tommy (4) 2004-07-23 15:05
very nice picture and some history behind it, thank you