Fame and Infamy at The Green Dragon

Guy Burgess and DonALD
Elizabeth and margaret Windsor
King CHarles I
Joachim Von Ribbentrop
Guy Burgess and DonALD Maclean

Guy Burgess, an intimate of prominent politicians,  was a regular at The Green Dragon in 1949-51, while staying with family friends in Sharlowes Farmhouse. One lunchtime in 1951, Bob Burgess (no relation, the then licensee of the pub) noticed Guy speaking intently in the Tap Room with Don Maclean, then working in the Foreign Office. This was the day before their defection to Soviet Russia. It was revealed after the fall of communism that the man was Don Maclean, and the pair were traitors of Cold War Britain. They had been double agents passing information to Moscow and had received a tip-off from Kim Philby, then an SIS officer, that plans were in place to expose their workings, and they would soon undergo questioning. The band of collaborating spies became known as the Cambridge Spies, also including Anthony Blunt.

Charles I

It is said that Charles I, ruler of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 to 1646, drank in the Green Dragon on two occasions. His desire to proliferate Anglican worship lead eventually to the Civil War in August 1642, and his execution in 1649.

Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor

The groom at Latimer House would bring Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to the pub during their weekend visits.  This was in the 1930's, just before the war, when Latimer House was seat of Lord Chesham. Barbara, born and raised in The Green Dragon, can remember playing with the young princesses on The Bowling Green behind the pub.

Joachim von ribbentrop

Von Ribbentrop was Nazi Germany's ambassador to the UK, and had a weekend home in Latimer Village, so frequented the The Green Dragon. This ended in 1938 when he was recalled to Berlin to become Hitler's Foreign Minister. 8 years later, in 1946, he gained notoriety as the first Nazi to be hanged following the Nuremberg War Crimes trials, for his role in starting World War II and enabling the Holocaust. In that period, he played a significant role in brokering alliance with fascist Italy (the Pact of Steel) and the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact (the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact).