The Eight Bells (1226). Hatfield, North of London. The Eight Bells was built in 1226, but it is associated with two much later notorious figures, the eighteenth-century highwayman Dick Turpin and the brutal Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist. The notion of having Sikes flee here in chapter 48 after murdering Nancy (in the January 1839 number) must have been inspired by Dickens's stay at the Georgian inn on 27 December 1838.

Photograph (July 1978) and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.].

Last modified 16 May 2011