Kings, Queens and Martyrs Tour 9. Dick Whittington Public House

The Dick Whittington occupies a magnificent Grade I listed fifteenth century building known as St Nicholas House. It was built by Richard Whittington, Lord of Staunton and nephew of Dick Whittington of pantomime fame.

During the seventeenth century it was leased by John Taylor, who got into trouble for having the mayor and aldermen around whilst he had servants dying of the plague in the house. One of these servants is still said to haunt the Black Cat Bar downstairs.

The impressive brick façade was added in the eighteenth century. It became a pub after restoration in 1980.

A wall painting, possibly dating from the 16C , which was uncovered during the restoration, can be seen when the upper floors are open to the public during the Heritage Open Days weekend held in September each year.

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