Esoteric London

No. 935: Willes Road, NW5

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Graffiti by esotericlondon on September 27, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_4499 copy

Willes Road, London, NW5. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Romance of London, Vol. I – John Timbs, 1800:

Turpin was long the terror of the North Road. Upon a verdant plot of ground, opposite the Green Man, Finchley, on the road to Barnet, was a large oak, which had weathered some centuries, and was known as “Turpin’s Oak,” from the notorious Dick having often taken up his station behind this tree when he was intent upon a freebooting excursion.