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The Wheatsheaf Inn, Alconbury Hill f.39

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Alconbury Hill f.39

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15541

Item number: f.39

Length: 15

Width: 23.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of the Wheatsheaf Inn at Alconbury Hill, near Alconbury in Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire). The inn is legendarily the site of a famously bloody stand-off between highwayman Dick Turpin and the local law enforcement, which saw Turpin escape to fight another day. Built on the Great North Road, the inn fell into decline in the 19th century. A facsimile of the original was built on the same site in the 1920s, but this was pulled down in the 1980s to make way for the A1 motorway.

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