Stanstead Abbotts Local History Society
THE GRIFFIN INN, ROYDON ROAD
The griffin (or gryphon) is a legendary creature with the forelegs, body and tail of a lion, the wings of an eagle and talons on its back legs. It is a mixed-
Stuart Moye has drawn the location of the Griffin Inn on a map in his excellent report, Village Pubs, Past and Present, elsewhere on this website, although he admits the pub name cannot be proved. There is a watercolour executed by Thomas Frederick Luppino (1748/9-
The public house in Roydon Road is opposite the Pied Bull, which dates from the late 17th century according to English Heritage. The mystery pub is next to the Clock House and is a tall building with what appears to be a painted pub sign protruding, high up on its walls. There is an image on the sign which is indistinct, but it could be an upright griffin. I have a record of another ‘lost’ pub near the entrance to the Corn Mill called The Swan, but this image is more like a griffin than a swan. I have had to use a torch and powerful magnifying glass on this project, and my eyes are very poor with cataract problems, so I cannot be certain, but Stuart seems to be satisfied and that is good enough for me. The pub occupies the site later occupied by Mill House (S. Moye) and was probably built in the late 18th century as were many others of the same name. Cheers.