The Albion, located in the heart of the historic market town of Wimborne Minster, dates from the 17th Century when it was the oldest of four coaching inns in the town – of which only two remain. In those days it was called the New Inn.
In 1756 the first meeting of the Poole Turnpike Trustees took place at the Albion in order to raise money for the building and maintenance of local roads. In the late 18th Century a royal coach called at the Albion containing King George III who was seeking a vessel of ale for refreshment on his way to Weymouth (in those days called Melcombe Regis). It was through these journeys that King George III popularised coastal towns and bathing in the sea, hence many towns on the South Coast have the word ‘Regis’ in their title.
In the mid-19th Century the Albion was the most important inn in the town housing both the magistrates’ court and being used as a school house during the rebuilding of the local school. In 1834 the Tolpuddle Martyrs, having been found guilty and sentenced to deportation to Australia, called at the Albion on their way from Dorchester assizes (periodic courts held around England and Wales until 1972).
Today the history of the inn can be seen in the three styles of rooms based on three themes of Georgian England; Gentility (Jayne Austin), Mercantilism (Charles Hall, our founder) and the Sea (Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy), each designed taking themes from the era.
Bed and breakfast rooms at The Albion can be booked by contacting The Olive Branch directly on 01202 884 686 or at www.theolivebranchwimborne.co.uk. Check in is from 3pm and check out is 11am. Late check-out may be available; we may have to make a small charge for this service (as we’ll have to keep our lovely housekeeping team on for a bit longer). Parking is complimentary to all our guests and each room comes with its very own allocated parking space.
All our food is served just round the corner, at the Olive Branch which is only 152 steps to the right when you leave our gates. Food is served daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm and tables can be booked via a receptionist or if you want, you can book online at www.theolivebranchwimborne.co.uk or over the phone.