3. Hawkins Russell Jones

7/8 Portmill Lane, SG5 1DJ

Now part of HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, the legal firm of Hawkins Russell Jones occupied this fine building in Portmill Lane, until merging in 2013 with Foreman Laws in Bancroft. The Grade II listed building has probably the best Queen Anne fa├žade of any building in Hitchin. From the 17th century, it had been home to the second oldest firm of solicitors in England, founded by John Skynner in 1591. Historian Reginald Hine worked in the building for 35 years. The building has been converted to residential use.

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