Spaniards is believed to have been constructed in 1585 on the Finchley boundary and was the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate.
Adjacent to the inn is a toll house built in 1710 that would collect tolls on the western entrance to the estate.
Today the boundaries are still in force, the inn resides in Barnet whilst the tollhouse is in Camden (despite being less than 15 metres from each other), both are now listed buildings.
It is claimed that the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin frequently used the inn, whose father is rumored to have been one of the previous landlords.
The inn is also connected to some of London’s great literary figures, having been mentioned in Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in addition to visited frequently by the artist Joshua Reynolds and the poets Byron and Keats.
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