A History Lesson

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A warm welcome to the Greyhound Inn…

A gatehouse for the bustling, vibrant village of Chalfont St. Peter – originally an Anglo Saxon settlement that registers in William the Conqueror’s Doomsday Book of 1086- the Greyhound Inn is just as richly imbued with a dynamic and fascinating history.

As the name suggests, this has always been a place for weary travellers, not only to quench their thirst and sate their appetite, but also to spend the night in comfort and peace.

An English coaching inn was a welcome safe haven for those who had spent a day or more harnessed behind their horses with the constant perils of unpredictable road conditions and ruthless highwaymen plaguing their security. The Greyhound was no exception.

Despite the usually warm reception, the Inn does have a rather more sinister and intriguing tale to tell. George Jeffreys, better known as Judge Jeffreys, was a man for whom notoriety and scandalous renown were a way of life. Jeffreys was a lifelong favourite of King James II who elevated his chosen judicial mascot to the roles of Lord Chief Justice then Lord Chancellor, as well as securing him a position within the peerage as the 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem.

In return for the monarch’s generous sponsorship, Jeffreys used his legal office to dispense with enemies of the state with brutal and unforgiving relish. Such was the regularity of severe sentencing handed down that he garnered a macabre nickname in tribute: the “hanging judge.”

We pride ourselves in offering a much more desirable standard of hospitality…

One of the many locations for Jeffrey’s dreaded assizes was, remarkably, the Inn in which you now find yourself. After a day’s session in court he retired to a comfortable abode in the village called the Grange; the unfortunate recipients of his harshest penalty were reputedly strung up alongside the River Misbourne that still flows through our beer garden today.

Of course, we pride ourselves on offering a much more desirable standard of hospitality than the judge. Whether you are staying on business and looking to unwind after a hard day’s work, using us a ready base for exploration of the local area and beyond, or simply enjoying some pure relaxation, we endeavour to cater to all requirements. Our team of young, enthusiastic and highly capable people are here to assist you in any way possible.