The Boot Inn, 1889: etching; Frederick Landseer Griggs RA; 1898; 288




The Boot Inn, 1889: etching

About this object

Etching depicting The Boot Inn (27 Bridge Street, Hitchin) in 1889. It depicts the north gable end of a cross-wing and the hall of a sixteenth- or seventeenth-century timber-framed house. A woman and child are standing in the street, while a man enters the door of the pub and another woman stands in the entry to the left (east). The pub became The Royal Oak in 1898, but the Museum Service has the original inn sign depicting a man’s boot.
It is rumoured that soldiers were billeted here during the Napoleonic Wars when there were fears of a French invasion.


Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs RA

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Medium and Materials

Organic | Paper


155 × 185 mm (card mount)
94 × 130 mm (printed area)


Hitchin Museum

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W T Dobbs, 5 Queen's Road, Royston, Herts

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