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ABOUT THE SHAVE CROSS INN
WHATS IN THE NAME AND OTHER INTERESTING FACTS
Legend has it that this ancient pilgrims rest house, amongst one of a few, that have survived for in excess of 700 years who’s oldest landlord is recorded as being Johannes (john) of Shaw (shave). Who in 1332 once used to shave tonsures of the monks as a mark of respect, before going on their way to St Wite’s shrine at Whitchurch Canicorium? There are only two churches in England that have the saints remains in them and the above is one of them Westminster abbey is the other.
The shave cross inn’s skittle alley and small round house at the end of the garden were probably the oldest structures on the site. The alley was a Saxon alley of clay floor, skittles and balls, which could date back to the 10th century. It is the only known alley in the country that is a detatched building with a thatched roof and is thought to be the oldest.
The shave cross inn is in an area that was the centre of what was ancient forest, with the exception of the pilgrims route though it, the ground was mostly marshes and bogs which housed wild boar and deer which are still around now, At its westerly end was a dear park once used by the King the remains of the castle can still be seen. This is where the name Marsh wood would have come from.In early times flax were grown and harvested for the rope making industry, which abounded around Bridport
Clay from the clay pits in the valley was used in the construction of most of the early buildings, made from cobb flint wattle and dorb, seen locally. The floors being mostly made from blue lias cut out from the bed of the river Char, which runs through the centre of the valley to the world heritage Jurassic coast at Charmouth with its abundance of fossils.
special note of the floor of the shave cross inn, small fossils embedded
in the lias can be seen, the extensive wear from people entering the
main door has continued through the centuries.
the evidence for this can be seen when taking a nature conservation
walk, which starts at Crabbs Bluntsey farm some 400yds from the shave
cross inn and along bluntsey lane past our beautiful garden, other walks
not to be missed are the hills around the Marshwood vale all the rooms
in the hotel are named after them and include Pilsdon Pen the highest
hill in ancient Wessex; with views of most of Dorset and the whole of
this unique historic valley.
The Shave Cross Inn by John Snook
What's in a name - that
trite old cliché,
Historic ties with the
Shave Cross name
At Shave Cross, every
monk calling there
Thus barbered, monks
Based on a local legend - not on historical fact!
From Jurassic Coast and Dorset Verse by John Snook
The thatched 14th Century "Shave Cross Inn" is probably one of the oldest surviving hostelries in England. At some time it had a landlord named Atte the Shaver! The name Shave could have origins in the Old English word `sceaga' meaning a copse or point where paths or trails met.
THANKS TO: Our suppliers
S J NORMAN AND SONS Home Farm Bradpole nr Bridport
R J BALSON AND SON West Allington Bridport
VIN SULLIVAN Gilchrist Thomas Gwent
GORMET GOAT Stokemill nr Whitchcurch Canonicorum Bridport
WYLD MEADOW LAMB Monkton Wyld Marshwood vale
SAMWAYS Gore Cross business park Bridport
DAVY’S LOCKER 28a Dreadnought trading Est Bridport
VIN SULLAVAN Gilchrist Thomas Gwent
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Grangers of Dorchester, Poundbury, Dorchester.
CHEESE AND DAIRY
DENHAY FARM CHEESE Broadoak nr Bridport
LONGMAN CHEESE North Cadbury Yeovil
WOOLSERY CHEESE Up Sydling nr Dorchester
OUR Own eggs.
LEAKERS BAKERY east St Bridport
A deposit of £50 is required to reserve a booking
Rooms available from 3 PM on day of arrival, rooms may be re-let if not occupied by 6 PM unless notified in advanced of late arrival
Rooms to be vacated by 11 AM on day of departure.
If booking is cancelled more than 14 days in advance deposit will be refunded if notified in writing by the 14th day
Regretfully we must charge the full amount quoted for bookings cancelled Less than 14 days of arrival date if we can re-let the room any nights resold will be refunded to your card
We strongly urge guests to take out cancellation insurance
Children to16 yrs in a z bed, sharing in a double room will be charged £25 each per night
Dogs are charged at £15 per stay max 2 dogs per room
The Shave Cross Inn will let dogs into their bar area but not into their restaurant
Please note: The bar and the restaurant are closed on a Monday unless it is a Bank Holiday Monday
Any damage caused by your children or pets will be charged to your account
Free wireless Broadband is available in the rooms and also in The Shave Cross Inn