Leicester artist John Flower (1795-1861), who engraved the Blue Boar Inn shortly before its demolition, was a friend and associate of Henry Goddard (1792-1868), one of a family of prominent Leicester architects. While researching Goddard’s papers, Richard Buckley of ULAS discovered notes and measurements of a large, timber-framed building which he immediately identified as the long-lost Blue Boar Inn.
Richard asked Steffan Davies, an architect with experience in historic building drawings, if he could put together computer-aided design (CAD) drawings of the buildings based on Henry Goddard’s plans.
“Among the architectural relics of Leicester, now no more, was standing some years ago an old building, which was popularly called 'King Richard's House.' It was known to have been part of the Old Blue Boar, as at the commencement of the last century it was used as an inn, and known by that sign ... It was taken down in the month of March 1836; but fortunately, before its destruction, a drawing was made of the front, by the late Mr. Flower, artist … I also visited the spot before the demolition was effected, and took the dimensions of every portion of the building, for the purpose of making a correct drawing, representing it as complete as when first erected."Paper by Henry Goddard, presented at the British Archaeological Association Congress in Leicester on 7 August 1862