"Jack Straw's Castle"

Jack Straw's Castle was a famous pub on North End Way in the Hampstead area of North London. Said to be the highest pub in London, it opened in 1713 and was named after Jack Straw, one of the leaders of the 1381 Peasant's Revolt. Many well-known historical figures are reputed to have frequented the pub, including Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Wilkie Collins, Charles Darwin and Bram Stoker. The building backs onto the part of Hampstead Heath known as the West Heath, a popular cruising area for gay men.

Jack Straw's Castle was re-built after suffering bomb damage in World War II, and re-built again in 1962 following a fire. It was sold to property developers in the late 1990s and was later converted into luxury apartments.

 

Jack Straw's Castle photographed in 2008, following its conversion to residential units
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJack Straw's Castle photographed in 2008, following its conversion to residential units - Credit: Ewan Munro

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