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Jack Straws Castle; 2009

Mike Seaborne

Jack Straws Castle; 2009
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Full image caption

Jack Straws Castle is a grade II listed building dating from 1721.
This weather-boarded pub on the northern edge of Hampstead Heath is named after a ringleader in the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381.
Jack Straw, one of Wat Tyler’s lieutenants, is believed to have taken refuge here. He built an encampment from which he intended to march on London but his plans came to nothing when he was captured and hanged by the king’s men.

A pub has stood on this site for many years and in the 19th century Wilkie Collins, William Makepeace Thackerary and Charles Dickens are all known to have drunk at Jack Straw’s Castle.
During World War II the pub was extensively damaged after being bombed by a landmine, and rebuilt for the second time in 1962.
The present, mock-castle mainly dates only from 1964

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2009 AD - 2009 AD
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