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The George and Dragon, Hudswell, North Yorkshire

Drinking in the sun at The George and Dragon, Hudswell

The two villages in North Yorkshire, Hudswell and Skeeby, are much similar despite of the six miles of undulating North Yorkshire countryside distancing them.

The numbers of inhabitants are almost equal.  In accordance with the latest census, Hudswell, with 353 residents, was only four people short of the population of Skeeby, which has 357 people. Both of the villages have almost the same prices of houses and both also have a single village hall and a church.

Still, even with so many similarities, Skeeby is a little bit envious of its almost-doppelganger. This jealousy is actually due to Hudswell’s pubs. Back in 2010, the George and Dragon in Hudswell developed into first ever public owned pub of North Yorkshire.

The pub was opened by William Hague and Richmond MP. It also serves as a shop and a library.

The pub came onto being a few years ago when regular pub-goers of the village came together in order to save the lone pub present at that time, Traveller’s Rest, from getting closed. A shop had already been closed up, so they tried to prevent the pub going the same way.

According to a statement by a founder member Skeeby Community Pub Group, Paul Bell, the pub was purchased by a famous pub chain after its owners (private) decided to give it away.

Although the pub is available for sale now, it is being feared that it might be very expensive now to re-open it for the present owner has detached part of the pub and toilets.