Inn is a coaching Inn dating back to the 16th Century. It was previously
known as The Green Dragon and even prior to that The Dragon Inn.
The inn originally housed its own brewery on the site where the
restaurant is now situated.
adjacent cottage, Dragon Cottage was once at least two, maybe three,
dwellings used by the brewery workers. In the last century it was
much used as a coach house mainly for local traffic; the court yard
still houses the old mounting block used to assist horse riders
at that time.
the 2nd World War the Wiltshire Yeomanry dedicated one of their
tanks to the inn, with The Green Dragon inscribed on one side and
Barford St Martin on the other.
St. Martin's recorded history pre-dates the Norman Conquest. Extending
along the River Nadder, the village nestles under the lea of Grovely
Wood. Bordered by Burcombe to the east and Baverstock to the west,
the parish's northern limits follow Grim's Ditch and the Roman road
to Old Sarum and Winchester; its southern frontier runs along the
drove road from Shaftesbury to Harewarren. The Bronze Age settlement
at Hamshill Ditches on the southern slope of Barford Down falls
within the parish boundary.
St. Martin makes an ideal base to tour the legendary area of King
Alfred's Wessex from. Within easy driving distance are innumerable
attractions of which a small number are detailed below
is a beautiful area that is made up from several counties and used
to be a kingdom. The New Forest is within a 20-minute drive and
is a beautiful national park and is a designated area of outstanding
natural beauty as is most of Wiltshire and the surrounding area.
Barford St. Martin is about six miles from Salisbury. Salisbury
has a main line railway station that takes 1.5 hours to get to London
and to drive it takes about 2-2.5 hours. Cornwall is about 2-2.5
hours further on down so, Barford makes an ideal base.