202 Bishopsgate, City of London, Greater London, London City
Richard Bentley (Nathaniel Bentley in some versions of the story) was a prosperous 18th century merchant who owned a hardware shop and warehouse on Leadenhall Street. On the morning of his wedding day he learned that his beloved bride to be had died suddenly and ordered that the room in which the wedding feast had been prepared be shut up and left to rot and decay. After that he neglected to clean his shop and warehouse, earning him the epithet "Dirty Dick". If this sounds familiar, it will be because Charles Dickens based his character Miss Havisham from Great Expectations on him. Bentley died in 1809 and the landlord of this pub, which is opposite Liverpool Street station and not on the site of Bentley's shop, chose to cash in on Bentley's celebrity status by changing the name of the pub from "The Old Jerusalem" to "Dirty Dicks" and filling it with the contents of Bentley's shop, which he had bought. Consequently, any suggestion that this pub is haunted by Richard (or Nathaniel) Bentley should be taken with a very large pinch of salt.