Do you remember when Dorset claimed to have the smallest pub in England? That was the boast of the Smith’s Arms at Godmanstone. The claim was disputed by other drinking establishments.
I never got around to drinking in the Smith’s Arms before it permanently closed its doors. I have, however, passed by the diminutive building on a good few occasions.
The Smith’s Arms was situated beside the A352 north of Dorchester. the small village of Godmanstone lying between Charminster and Cerne Abbas.
I was reminded of this bit of Dorset history by the postcard pictured here. The reverse has the following potted history. I have no idea if the Charles II claim is accurate or merely local folklore.
This Inn is the smallest public house in England and was originally a blacksmith’s shop. King Charles II. stopped here to have his horse shod but when he asked for a drink the blacksmith replied, “I have no licence, sire”, so there and then he was granted one. The building dates from the 15th century.