The Green Dragon, Flaunden

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    The Green Dragon, Flaunden
    Location within Hertfordshire
    General information
    TypePublic House
    LocationFlaunden, Hertfordshire
    Coordinates51°41′48.97″N 0°31′58.91″W / 51.6969361°N 0.5330306°W / 51.6969361; -0.5330306Coordinates: 51°41′48.97″N 0°31′58.91″W / 51.6969361°N 0.5330306°W / 51.6969361; -0.5330306
    Completedc. 1700
    The Green Dragon, Flaunden

    The Green Dragon is a Grade II listed public house in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, England.[1] The rear wing, a timber-framed structure, is the oldest part of the building and dates from the early 17th century.[1]


    Formerly a residential house, what is now the Green Dragon was built in the early 17th Century, with the front range rebuilt in the early 19th Century and a side extension following in the 1980s. Much of the interior of the pub still contains the original timber frame, whilst the frontage is red brick, and the roof red tile.[1] The tap room was built in 1838, whilst much of the rest of the pub has remained unchanged since the 19th century.[2][3]

    Among the Green Dragon's past clientele are two infamous figures, Nazi politician Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet spy Guy Burgess. Von Ribbentrop was a regular at the Green Dragon during the 1930s when he stayed at his weekend house in nearby Latimer during his time as the German Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[4][5] Due to his involvement in the Nazi regime, von Ribbentrop would be sentenced to death as a result of the Nuremberg Trials. As a result of Hermann Göring committing suicide, von Ribbentrop became the first of those sentenced to be executed; he was hanged on 16 October 1946.[6]

    Burgess meanwhile often visited the Green Dragon when he stayed in Flaunden with his boyfriend, Peter Pollock, who lived in the Sharlowes farmhouse not far from the pub.[4] Burgess would defect to the Soviet Union in May 1951, however, he is reported to have met with fellow Cambridge Five member Donald MacLean in the Tap Room of the Green Dragon the day prior to their defection.[5]

    The Green Dragon has been under the custodianship of many landlords over the years and with one family in particular, the Burgess' for three generations from 1932 to 2018.

    Present Day

    The Green Dragon is listed on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors register, and is the only pub in Hertfordshire to be listed as having an "interior of national importance".[7] This is due in large part to the snug being made up of two or more high backed settles, of which there are only a handful left in the country.[8]

    The pub prides itself on being a "focal point for traditional rural pursuits" and during the game season its "Tap Room" is visited by shooters following a day of sport.

    The Green Dragon is currently undergoing an extensive restoration and refurbishment and will re-open with new restaurants and event facilities.


    1. ^ a b c Historic England. "The Green Dragon Public House (1100433)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
    2. ^ "Green Dragon". WhatPub / Campaign for Real Ale. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
    3. ^ "Green Dragon Taproom". The Green Dragon. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
    4. ^ a b "Stalin's Hertfordshire spy: Guy Burgess". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
    5. ^ a b "Green Dragon History". The Green Dragon. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
    6. ^ "Final moments of Nazis executed at Nuremberg". The Guardian. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
    7. ^ "Historic Pub Interiors - Hertfordshire". Retrieved 21 December 2017.
    8. ^ "Historic Pub Interiors - Green Dragon, Flaunden". Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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