It is difficult
to verify this date especially as there is photographic proof
that its wall once displayed 1199 as the pubs establishing date.
However, the Trip does claim to be the oldest inn in the world.
of course, other claimants around England for that title but
as some cannot equal the date of Nottinghams second oldest
pub, the Salutation, of 1240, I will leave it to you to comment
on the truth.
The one notable thing about 1189 is that it is the date of King
Richard Is accession to the throne and this is where the
We are told
the Trip to Jerusalem is so called because the Crusaders, if
not Lion-hearted Richard himself, dropped off there to grab
a quick pint of Kimberley Mild on the way to rid the Holyland
of the heathens. This may be so, although Richard spent little
time in England.
the word "trip" does not mean a journey in this case.
An old meaning for trip is a stop on a journey, like being tripped
up, so the inns name means a stop or rest on the way to
This would seem to give a greater credence for the theory of
imbibing carriers of the cross stopping here. Does history actually
bear this out? Well nearly.
of Nottingham do not show any buildings in the vicinity of the
Trips site but that is no obstacle.
It must be remembered people were living in the caves of what
is now the Castle Rock even before the Saxons populated the
present Lace Market. Therefore we can take it the Castle Rocks
caves were in use after the castle was built.
I suggest the caves were being used as the castles brewhouse
in the twelfth century.
Some people would point out it was very odd the castles
most essential service was taking place outside its walls but
there was a steady supply of water from the River Lean at the
bottom of the rock.
further evidence can be found in the areas name of Brewhouse
Yard but, of course, this may be of a much later date taking
its derivation from the Trip and its now demolished neighbour,
the Gate Hangs Well.
also some evidence the Trip has a former name of the Pilgrim
- someone else who would be making his/her way to the Holyland.
So whos to say the Crusaders did not stop, or trip, on
their way to Jerusalem?