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At the time it was built in 1585 as a tollgate, The Spaniards Inn was two hours from London by coach and a favorite hangout of highwaymen like Dick Turbin, whose story was largely romanticized after his beheading. Dickens mentioned the pub in The Pickwick Papers, and it's said that Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in its largely untouched garden. 

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The Spaniards Inn

At the time it was built in 1585 as a tollgate, The Spaniards Inn was two hours from London by coach and a favorite hangout of highwaymen like Dick Turbin, whose story was largely romanticized after his beheading. Dickens mentioned the pub in The Pickwick Papers, and it's said that Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in its largely untouched garden.