Where’s My Boozer Gone? – The Story So Far

The Geezers have started research on their project Where’s My Boozer Gone?  At this point we are establishing pubs in Bow which have closed in the last 20-30 years.

 

We have got pictures for most of them which we have posted below.

 

Do you remember them?  Did you socialise in them?  Did you work in them?

 

Let us know about it. We are interested in your stories and memories for an exhibition we will be mounting at the Idea Store in the Roman Road and at other venues in the Borough.

 

We will also be producing a booklet.

 

Please send us your stories and comments in the Comment section at the bottom of the post, or contact Ray Gipson or Barrie Stradling  by telephone or email.

 

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We are researching pub histories in the Local History and Archive Library in Bancroft Road.

 

Our next step is to do interviews with people who socialised or worked in the pubs.  How important were they to individuals in the community and to the community as a whole?

 

Please let us know if you’ve got stories to tell. And we are still looking for pictures for

The Earl of Aberdeen – Grove Road

The Horns – LeFevre Road

The Lady Franklin – Old Ford

The Royal Standard – Eric Street

The Marquis of Cornwallis

The Three Colts or Old Three Colts 450 Old Ford Road

 

Here’s the pubs we’ve found so far:

 

 

Caledonian Arms

 

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Location of Pub- 62 Fairfield Road

Opened – 1851   Closed – 2000

Brewery? – Watney’s Brewery

What Is It Now? – Residential Use

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

This former Watney’s Brewery pub had been present since at least 1851.It stood alongside the former Bryant & May match factory,  scene of the famous ‘Match Girls’ strike of 1888. Nearby stands the statue of Prime Minister Gladstone; despite the clean-up efforts of the local council, he usually has red hands to symbolise his role in the ending of the strike which was said to have been “paid for in blood”. This pub must have been witness to many of the events of the time. It closed in 2000 and stood derelict for a long time, but has now been converted to residential use.

 

 

 

The Aunt Sally

 

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Location of Pub- 2 Midlothian Street

Opened – Closed – 2000

Brewery? – Watney’s Brewery

What Is It Now? – Food Outlet

Was it known by any other name?  The Outpost. The Twilight Zone.

The Melody Park Inn.

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?  Karaoke. DJ. Gay Bar.

 

 

Information so far

 

 

 

The Ordell Arms

 

Ordell

 

Location of Pub- 22 Ordell Road

Opened – ?   Closed – 2001

Brewery? – Courage

What Is It Now? – Residential Flats

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

 

No hand-pumped beers.

 

 

 

The Hand and Flowers

 

 

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Location of Pub- 72 Parnell Road

Opened – 1881  Closed – 2009

Brewery? – Whitbread

What Is It Now? – Food Outlet

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

This pub was present by 1881 and belonged to the Whitbread Brewery. It ran into problems in 2006 when it was closed on the recommendation of police who said that a seven month surveillance revealed to them that the pub was notorious for “fights, drug-dealing and drunkenness”; this despite always looking completely deserted and harmless whenever I passed by. By 2007 the leasehold was available for £60,000 whilst the pub limped on until final closure in 2009.

 

 

 

The Black Swan

 

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Location of Pub- 148 Bow Road

Opened – 1882  Closed – early 1970’s

Brewery? – Hodgson’s/Smith Garrett Breweries

What Is It Now? – ?

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Black Swan was situated at 148 Bow Road. This pub was present by 1822, at which time it was almost certainly in the ownership of the nearby Hodgson’s Brewery. By 1915 the brewery had become Smith Garrett’s Bow Brewery. On the night of 23 September 1916 this pub was completely destroyed by a direct hit from a bomb dropped by a German Zeppelin in one of the very first ever air raids on London, with the loss of several lives. The Zeppelin itself was later shot down over Essex and the crew surrendered – they are said to have been the only uniformed German troops to have set foot on English soil during the First World War. The pub was rebuilt in 1920, although was from then on said to be haunted by the ghosts of the former landlord’s two daughters who had died in the air raid.   The pub closed and was demolished when Bromley High Street was widened in the early 1970s.

 

 

 

Bombay Grab

 

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Location of Pub- 246 Bow Road

Opened – 1805  Closed – early 19792/3

Brewery? – Hodgson’s/Ind Coope Breweries/Freehouse

What Is It Now? – Mosque and Islamic Centre

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Bombay Grab was situated at 246 Bow Road. This pub was present by 1805 and by 1817 had become the brewery tap for Hodgson’s Brewery, which had relocated to an adjacent site. Hodgson’s are of course famous as one of the pioneers of the export by sea of beer to the British colonies in India.  Indeed, the name of the pub is believed to be a corruption of ‘Bombay Gurab’, a kind of Indian coastal vessel which would also have played a part in the export beer trade.  The pub was rebuilt in 1933 when this whole area was redeveloped. After the Second World War, the licensee was James Charles Lane, a former champion weightlifter and wrestler.  By this time the pub was owned by Ind Coope. It became a free house in around 1990 and closed very soon after, in 1992 or 1993.  In these later years the pub had been quite a landmark, with its name painted on its roof in huge white letters, clearly visible from the adjacent Bow Flyover.  The former pub now houses a mosque and an Islamic community centre. The Bombay Grab was the name of a specific ship in the East India Marine.  The publican in 1900 was George Peter Hans, a Bavarian who took British nationality.

 

 

 

The Duke of York

 

 

Duke of York

 

Location of Pub- 129 Anthill Road

Opened – 1869 Closed – 2002

Brewery? – Smith Garrett’s Brewery

What Is It Now? – Private Residential

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Duke Of York was situated 129 Antill Road.  This pub was built in around 1869 and was owned by Smith Garrett’s Brewery of Bow.  It featured some very fine green tiling advertising that brewery’s products, some of which still survive and are almost certainly the best monument to that brewery that can still be seen today.  The pub closed in 2002 and was converted to private residential use.

 

 

 

Moulders Arms

 

 

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Location of Pub- 50-52 Bromley High Street

Opened – Closed – 2007

Brewery? – ?

What Is It Now? –

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

Facing the pub about 50 to 100 metres to the left was a large house. My grandmother my grandfather my mum and her two brothers lived in this house from 1908 to 1914. There were about twelve rooms in this house and every room had a family. On the ground floor was one toilet which everyone in house had to use, but also, The Moulders arms clientele had to use it because the pub had no toilet. ( the good old days ) My mum told me that every weekend there was a continuous queue of people from the pub going past there room, relieving themselves in the one toilet whilst sing at top note for every ones enjoyment.

 

 

 

The Ancient Briton

 

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Location of Pub- 44a Glaucous Street

Opened – 1855  Closed – 2005

Brewery? – Charrington’s Brewery

What Is It Now? –  Residential Apartments

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information So Far

The Ancient Briton was situated at 44a Glaucous Street. This pub was built in 1855 when Glaucous Street was first developed. By the twentieth century it was a Charrington’s Brewery pub. It closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2007, with flats being built on the site.

 

 

 

The Crystal Tavern

 

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Location of Pub- 25 Burdett Road

Opened – 1880  Closed – 1995

Brewery? – Taylor Walker Brewery

What Is It Now? –  Residential Use

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Crystal Tavern was situated 25 Burdett Road.  This was a Taylor Walker Brewery pub, established in around 1880. It closed and was converted to residential use in around 1995 and was demolished in 2010.

 

 

 

The King’s Head

 

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Location of Pub- 8 Bow Road

Opened – 1885  Closed – 1970’s

Brewery? – ?

What Is It Now? –  Demolished with strip of shops

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Kings Head was situated at 8 Bow Road. The publican in 1885 was George Kemp. The pub was demolished, along with the strip of shops fronting on to Bow Road, between    British and Merchant Streets, in the 1970’s.

 

 

 

The Tenterden Arms

 

 

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Location of Pub- 22 Devons Road

Opened – 1869  Closed – 2007

Brewery? – Truman’s Brewery

What Is It Now? – Residential Flats above Commercial Premises

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

 

 

The Three Tuns

 

 

The Three Tuns

 

 

Location of Pub- 185 Bow Road

Opened – 1823  Closed – 1999

Brewery? – Hodgson’s/Whitbnread Breweries

What Is It Now? – Residential Flats above Commercial Premises

Was it known by any other name?  Ye Olde Three Tuns

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Three Tuns was situated at 185 Bow Road.  This pub was present on what was then Bow High Street in 1823, at which time it was owned by the Hodgson’s Brewery of Bow. By the late twentieth century it was a Whitbread Brewery pub, popular enough to be enlarged into the neighbouring premises in 1985, and in its latter years it affected the name Ye Olde Three Tuns. But in 1999 it closed and was converted into residential use.

 

 

 

Bromley Arms

 

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Location of Pub- 51 Fairfield Road

Opened?    ?     Closed – 2005

Brewery? – Watney’s/Shepherd Neame Breweries

What Is It Now? – Residential

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

The Bromley Arms was situated at 51 Fairfield Road.  This pub was present by 1861 and closed in 1997.  It had been a Watney’s Brewery pub until 1989, when it was purchased by the Shepherd Neame Brewery of Faversham, Kent.  It stood derelict for a while after closure, until converted to residential use in 2005.

 

 

 

Morpeth Castle

 

 

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Location of Pub- 69 Cadogan Terrace E9

Opened?  1860     Closed – 1990

Brewery? – Truman’s Brewery

What Is It Now? – Residential

Was it known by any other name?  Manhattan’s/Butlers

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 Information so far

The Morpeth Castle was situated at 69 Cadogan Terrace. This pub was established by 1860. It was a Truman’s Brewery pub and still exhibits some brewery signage. Although at the time still owned by Truman’s, by 1983 the pub had been renamed Manhattan’s. By 1986 the name had been changed to Butlers, and the pub closed in 1990. By 1992 it had been converted to residential use.

Bridge House

BRIDGE HOUSE 14 BOW COMMON LANE

 

Location of Pub- 14 Bow Common Lane

Opened?  1878     Closed – 2000

Brewery? – Watney’s/Bellhaqven Breweries/ Freehouse

What Is It Now? – Residential

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 Information so far

The Bridge House was situated at 14 Bow Common Lane. This pub was present by 1878. It was a Watney’s Brewery pub until around 1990 when it was sold to Belhaven. The pub closed in 2000, after a final short period as a free house, and has been converted to residential use.

The Earl of Ellesmere

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Location of Pub- 19 Chisenhale Road

Opened?  1866     Closed – 2001

Brewery? – Taylor Walker/Godson’s Breweries

What Is It Now? – Residential

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?   Music and Dancing

 Information so far

The Earl Of Ellesmere was situated 19 Chisenhale Road. This pub was present by 1866, at which time it obtained a licence for music and dancing. It was a Taylor Walker Brewery pub, although by the 1980s it stood opposite the modern-day Godson’s Brewery. It closed and was converted to residential use in 2001.

 

 

 

The John Bull

 

 

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Location of Pub- 490 Roman Road

Opened?  1850     Closed – 1996

Brewery? – Taylor Walker Brewery

What Is It Now? – Estate Agents

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?   Music and Dancing

 

 Information so far

The John Bull was situated at 490 Roman Road. This pub has stood on Roman Road since at least 1850. It was a Taylor Walker Brewery pub and, despite always seeming busy, it closed in 1996. The premises now serve as an estate agent’s offices.

 

 

 

The Needle Gun

 

 

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Location of Pub- 215, then 527 Roman Road

Opened?  1828    Closed – 2011

Brewery? – ?

What Is It Now? – Hotel

Was it known by any other name?  The Trader

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

 

 Information so far

The Needle Gun was at 215 Roman Road but it later became 527 Roman Road through road renumbering.  The pub was established in 1828 and in recent years was renamed the Trader (2007).   By 2011 the pub had become a hotel .

 

 

 

The Lord Palmerston

 

 

LORD PARMESTON

 

 

Location of Pub- 45 Hewlett Road, Old Ford Road

Opened?  1866    Closed – 2002

Brewery? – Charrington’s

What Is It Now? – Residential

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

 

 Information so far

The Lord Palmerston was situated 45 Hewlett Road. This was a quiet, backstreet Charrington’s Brewery pub, established by 1866. It closed in 2002 and has been converted to residential use.

 

 

 

Top O’The Morning

 

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Location of Pub- 62 Frances Terrace, Wick Lane then 129Cadogan Terrace E9

Opened?  1864    Closed – 2013

Brewery? – ?

What Is It Now? – ?

Was it known by any other name?   Mitford Castle

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

 

 Information so far

Mitford Castle The pub was present by 1864 at 62 Frances Terrace, Wick Lane in 1878.  Later address is at 129 Cadogan Terrace.  It had been named Top O’ The Morning since at least 1983.  Closed as a Pub by 2013, although possibly earlier.

 

 

 

 

The Matchmaker

 

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Location of Pub- 580-586 Roman Road

Opened?  ?   Closed – 2010

Brewery? – Freehouse (Wetherspoons)

What Is It Now? – Poundland

Was it known by any other name?

What Activities Did Pub Used To Have?

 

Information so far

 

 

 

 

60 Comments

  1. My nan and grandad Mr and Mrs Carter and their son Micky ran the Bridge House in Bow Common Lane in the 1950’s. They then retired to Romford.

  2. Had many great Saturday nights in the Earl of Aberdeen with my sister and our blokes! We both ended up married to them – not sure we can blame the pub for that!

    Sadly my sister died 18 months ago and I’ve been down memory lane a lot since then so some good memories of this pub.

    There was always live music on a Saturday night – one group in particular I remember. The leader singer did a brilliant rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water, one of my favourite Simon & Garfunkel tracks.

    I also remember him making a comment about the dress I was wearing one Saturday night – it was quite low cut and he dedicated the song to the girl who was keeping abreast of the times! Inappropriate comment these days, not very p.c. at all but those were very different times wish I could turn back the clock!

  3. What about the Britainia Arms. Bow Common Lane. Redeveloped as flats . Originally kept as an asset to local community when new estate was built about 1970.

  4. Hi ,my great nan(bless her) ran the lady franklin pub,old ford road,,,ill try to dig some photos out and bring some history back,,,love reminiscing,,x

    1. Hello Kelli, sorry for not getting back to you sooner, good news re Lady Franklin we have been trying to find photos of the pub for a long time but we have had no luck at all, so be great if you had any photos that you could post, look forward to hearing from you Barrie The Geezers Club

    2. Hi , my parents were the last tenants of the Lady Franklin , the pub was a courage house and was demolished when the old people’s home was built around fifty years ago ..where has all that time gone !! Charlie and Lilly Cole were there names , I’m sure my nephew has some pictures of the old pub …

      1. HI Richard. That would be good to see photos of the lady franklin and any others of the area. I drove the number 8 bus from there in the early 70s. I’m looking forward to the photos. Regards Colin

  5. Would anyone have photos of themselves or others that were taken inside the King’s Head pub at 8 Bow Road?

    I’d very much like to have an idea of how the pub was even though my family had it in the 1880’s and 90’s!!

    Regards, Julie

  6. Whitbread’s Brewery supplied/owned The King’s Head when run by my great grandfather, George Kemp. It’s written on the pediment of the pub as seen in the photo shown on this page.

  7. My family had the Albion pub in st, Pauls way next to the railway arches for thirty years my nan had it for seventeen years then my mum and dad had it for thirteen years so it was in the family from about 1960 to 1990 and generations of our family grew up in there

    1. Hi Rita
      We lived just round the corner in Timothy rd. My mum and dad,Ada and Harry House used the Albion. I was in there with them the night before I had my first baby. The next day I was in the East End Maternity home in Commercial Rd. That was November 1963

      1. Hi Maureen I remeber your Mum& Dad, did you live in the small block of flats in Timothy Rd opposite my Aund Rose’s shop.
        Thank Gloria (Reynolds)

  8. Hello. I’m not sure if i have already contributed?! My Grandfather, was born in The King’s Head in Nov 1885 to George Kemp, Licensed Victualler and his wife, Jane Rebekah Green (nee.) My grandfather’s birth registration cites the pub and address. I have a fair grasp of the essential records with a couple of streetscapes of Bow Road which shows the pub in its glory days. I was in London in 1975 (nursing and getting orientated to the wondrous town – but it was too much for me then.) Sadly i didn’t have much grip on family history and was basically just overwhelmed with the reality of just being ‘in London, England’! Best of British and Australian, Julie (b1948, Melbourne, now in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.)

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