Spaniards Inn for Refreshment

The Spaniards
@Ronrybs (7392)
London, England
May 26, 2016 12:26pm CST
The Spaniards Inn, on the edge of Hampstead Heath, proudly proclaims it was built in 1585. The heath was notorious for highwaymen. Some two hours, by coach and horses, from London the Spaniards was a fine vantage place to wait for victims to pass by. Dick Turpin is said to have been a regular and his father is supposed to have been the landlord at one time. The poets Byron and Keats were regulars, with Keats writing Ode to a Nightingale in the garden, they say; whoever they are! Charles Dickens mentions the pub in The Pickwick Papers and it even appears in Bram Stokers Dracula. With an interior panelling of dark wood and stone flagged floor, it has the feel of a cosy country pub and a pint of Doom Bar that hit the spot after a couple of hours exploring Highgate West and East; not forgetting a fine fish finger bap supper.
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• United States
26 May 16
Nice to see this lovely old place Ron. So happy you share the sights with us here. The age of these places is astounding! The only one I recall I had been to was the Eagle and Child, Oxford where Tolkien wrote.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
Only been to Oxford once didn't know about that one
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• United States
27 May 16
@Ronrybs Hope you may get there one day Ron..its truly lovely.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
@TiarasOceanView Just gets added to my list of places to see, that ever expanding list
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@JohnRoberts (62959)
• Los Angeles, California
26 May 16
1585! That actual building or just the name and location? No way the original structure could have survived.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
26 May 16
Not at all sure about this building, but there are plenty that have survived from Tudor times, Hampton Court being a big example
@JohnRoberts (62959)
• Los Angeles, California
26 May 16
@Ronrybs Hampton Court is a palace so measures were taken to preserve. I have visited there.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
@JohnRoberts True, but unless they were destroyed by the great fire a lot of these old buildings are looked after.
@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
27 May 16
All these places sound so interesting and make me want to go there!
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
Nothing beats a good bit of exploring
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@tzwrites (4954)
• Romania
27 May 16
I love reading your articles they are so informative. Being a British literature major, I'm so interested in these things!
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
Thank you, I am a mine of useless information, but you do get photos!
@Tampa_girl7 (26200)
• United States
27 May 16
I would love to see it.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
27 May 16
I think it would qualify as typical 'Olde English' style. Rather nice. I had to laugh as the staff were all from Europe!
@teamfreak16 (41407)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 May 16
Such history!
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• Preston, England
21 Jun 16
certainly sounds a pub worthy of a visit