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Bucklersbury is a delightful street running from the Market Place to Tilehouse Street. Its name seems to be derived from that of a building along its length. Bucklersbury is blessed with numerous medieval buildings.
The George is an Inn named after George Washington. This is because of William Gordon, an independent minister from Hitchin (born 1728), who went to America and became private secretary to Washington. The George is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the town. It was probably a merchant's house of about 1450. In 1676 a survey mentions an Inn on this site called The Faulcon. By the nineteenth century it had become The Beehive. The inn of that name had its licence revoked in 1870, for allowing loose girls and men to assemble, after which it became The George. Click here to pay a visit to The George as it is today.
The Red Hart is probably the town's oldest surviving inn (that is, the building
which has served this purpose for the longest). It dates from between 1490 and
It still retains an impressive coaching yard and arch. The Red Hart is reputed to be the site of the last public hanging in Hitchin.
Click here to visit The Red Hart and see what it has to offer today's peruser of English public houses.
the solicitors have a very fine building of the sixteenth or early seventeenth
century. It shows the original timber frame construction quite clearly.
Next door can be found The King's Arms which may be of interest, especially if you're thirsty!
Here is Machine Head Music where one of our number purchases pieces of supposedly musical apparatus.
From here, you
can go to Tilehouse Street,
or to The Market Place.