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.

Ray.Gipson@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 020 8980 9588


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 now got this one – thanks to Kevin for sending us this link.

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


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’s just north of the former Bryant & May match factory,  scene of the famous ‘Match Girls’ strike of 1888. The statue of Prime Minister Gladstone is outside Bow Church. 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



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


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


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


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


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


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

The Crystasl Tavern

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  1. Hello. Anybody know about a pub called the Lady Coborn which was apparently on Old Ford Road, number 740. Which I think is now Wick Lane. I suspect it went during or after the last war. Any information gratefully received.

    1. Hi Annie, thanks for writing in. I can’t see it on Old Ford Road in the 1930s street directories. But I did find a Coborn Wharf just south of the railway, east of the bus garage in 1939. The pub next door was called the Five Bells then. Everything changed when the A102M was built to the Blackwall Tunnel in the late 1960s obliterating this area.

      I also found a Lady Franklin between Usher and Parnell Roads at 381 Old Ford Road.

    1. Hi Robert,

      This is a website rather than a social media site. We get people trying to post scams and rubbish from all around the world. Some of it’s from Russia, in Russian, others look like arabic. I’ll email you directly so you can send me stuff. You can post directly to the Where’s my boozer gone? Facebook group.

      Alan T

  2. In the 1970’s I lived with my wife and children at 26 Zealand Road just around the corner from the Earl of Ellsmere. The landlord was Bob Ward senior, his son Bob junior being the drummer with the punk band Subway Sect. The pub was hugely successful in those days and for a couple of years I used to play guitar and sing there on Saturday nights. The clientel was a mix of black, white, villains and families and the atmosphere was always electric, noisy, smokey accompanied by the crash of the public bar pool table balls, the shouting of the darts scoring and the general hub bub of a busy East End pub. Those days are now long gone, society and public entertainment and the insanity of today’s politically correct snowflakes have ensured that. It was a great pub and the 1970’s were a great time to have shared in that timely culture.

  3. my mum lily may fey lived at number 1 rippoth road from 5yrs old to 15yrs when her father died she moved out.her brother was joe fey.she lived there from 1925 to1935.

  4. Looking through the list, you seem to have forgotten the Imperial crown St Leonard Street and the pubs which were both on the Coventry cross estate – neither of which I can remember the names of sadly.

  5. Remember most of those pubs from playing either darts or in pool leagues
    The Three Tuns also ran a Sunday league football team in the late 80’s in the north London Sunday League – I played for them during this time. The pub also had a shove ha’penny table in it which was the brilliant.

  6. I still live in Bow and for a few years had the Eleanor in Old Ford I have done lots of history with hundreds of photos have taken photos of every pub on the manor in the 90s and gave them along with tons of writing to the East London archives in Bancroft roa

  7. I used to live in Roman Road 1950s-1960s. My family ran two shops there. My friend Melvyn Jackson lived in Lyal Road and his parents were regulars in the White Horse on the corner of the Roman and Ford Street. Melvyn and I started going there when we were 15. It was a very busy pub then, especially Friday nights with a group. Queuing for the bar often started at the street door but by the time we got to the bar two pints were always pulled up and waiting.

  8. Hi I have picked up on site, I lived in panel road opposite the hand and flower ph
    in the early sixty, I was born in rippoth road in 1939
    in my teenage years we used many pubs the lady franklin, the needle gun, the rose and Crown, and many more

    1. Hi my my mum was born in rippoth road no:1
      My aunt married joe fey
      I lived in usher road when my dad won enough money playing darts in the lady franklin he would take 6 of us to the cinema in st stephens road

  9. The Albion 25 St. Pauls Way was pulled down in 2005, after it laying empty for a number of years, the story goes that a body was found in the back yard under the arches wrapped in a carpet coming from the pub. My aunt and uncle had it back in the 1960’s they were Esther and Tommy Everett, it was later taken over by their daughter Renee and her husband Jimmy Saunders. I think flats are now being built on the site.

  10. 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.

  11. My Mum and Dad were tenants at the Old Three Colts 450 Old Ford Road in the 1960s. I think there was 1 more tenant after them before it was knocked down.

    1. Hi jason ,
      my great grandmother and grandfather used to working at the old three colts 450 old ford road in the 1950s..I cant find the photo but why i cant find photo of the pub .

  12. 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!

    1. hi my mum lived at 1 rippoth road her brother was joe fey.move out at 15 when her father died. she then lived at kenton road next door to kenton arms pub. i am in contact with iris joe’s daughter but not heard anything for a while.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 …

    3. 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

    4. Hi i lived in usher road, my dad used to go in the lady franklin and play darts, when he won enough mony he would come home an take 6of us to the cinema in st stephens road

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    2. 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)

    3. Great to see this post Rita, great memories for us both. As my Mum was the Barmaid in there for years.

  18. 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.)

  19. I have been looking for picture of the pub that was a few doors away from where I lived in Devons Road, we called it the Queens. It was only corner of Devons a Road and Purdy Street. It would have been demolished around late 50s. The other end of the terrace is The Duke of Cambridge. The Queens was next door to tobacconist sweet shop called Williamsons.

  20. My Grandma was licensee of The East London Stores Crisp St E14
    A beer, wine and cider house, that must have been unusual.
    About 1944, she moved to The Harry Tavern, Brunswick Road about 1950. She died in 1959 . My Dad was licensee of The Crown and Cushion ,Farnfield St, Poplar from about 1944 /1949, The Newcastle Arms Isle of Dogs From 1949/ 1960 and The Harry Tavern from 1959. All Taylor Walkers.

  21. Does anyone remember a little pub in Timothy rd Bow. We never knew the correct name but we called it Shackladies after the brother and sister that ran it, It is all Mile End park now. We lived I Pauls House, a little block of flats next door

    1. Hi Maureen. I don’t remember the pub, but do remember Pauls house. My friend Roger Clarke lived there in the late 1960. They moved when the stadium claimed the land.

    2. Hi Maureen I remember it too. My Mum would go on the outings.. My Aunt Rose & Uncle Jim Burke owned the grocery shop on the other side of the road.

    3. Hi Gloria
      I remember Rosie Burke.I went in there every day.There was also a lady called Lotte there.I can picture them all now.What a gossip shop it was

    4. Does anybody remember The Earl of Zetland in Burdette Rd.I had my wedding reception in there in March 1962.

    5. Yes. It was owned by Fox family, went out with Son Johnny. My sister and brother in law drank in there

    6. If the Earl of Zetland was the pub in Burdett Road just before the railway bridge then yes I do remember it. A friend of mines parents either ran or managed it, this would have been about 1962 – 63. It had a very large room on the first floor that a group of us used to gather in and play records and a couple of them used to practice guitar playing. It had a garage attached to it and my friends father said if we painted it inside (whitewashed it) we could strip down any cars we bought for any repairs. Well we did whitewash it but we never did buy any cars. Strange how relating something like this can suddenly bring back the memory of a smell, I can distinctly remember the smell of whitewash as I type this.

    7. Oh my goodness! Lotte Reynolds was a big blonde lady. She helped Aunt Rose in the shop. Next door lived the Wrens, loads of them and along Timothy Rd there were the Wisbeys, Stiffles, Mrs Clutterbuck,Ada Mahoney and lots of them I can’t remember names of. We used to stand in Turners Rd to watch the catholic procession.I went to school in Seager Place off of Burdett Rd and then on to Coborn.So many memories

    8. Hi Maureen. Yes that was my Mum. Every one called her Aunt Rose although she was my Great Aunt. I remember all the names too. I went to Daglish St(Sir William Borough) then Martin Frobisher.

    9. An answer for Maureen Copeland. Shacklady’s was the St Dunstan’s Arms 48 St Dunstan’s Road which was re named Timothy Road—don’t know when. I was born in 1946 & my Dad’s parents lived next door or next door but one at no: 52. We moved away in 1958 but I well remember going to the back room of the pub while the family were having a drink. I think the landlord was Ted Shacklady. It was my Grand dad’s second home!! I remember the flats & there was a school over the back.

    10. Hi Ken
      I was born in 1943 and I also sat in the back room of Shackladys. I remember the Perkins family. They were either next door or next door but one. The Hawkes family were next door to them and Ria Ward was next door to that. I was friends with Rita Hawkes. I remember watching them dance in Shacks after they had played shove halfpenny. I used to look at a couple from the perkins family dance. They might have been your mum and dad. She had very dark hair.Rose Shackllady used to give me sweets.

    11. Hi Maureen,
      I hope you don’t mind me contacting you but you might be able to provide me with some information about my family, My name is Graham Shacklady and the family who ran the Shackladys would have been my Great grandparents and Rose by your time frame was most likely my Grans mother. Was the pub called “St Dunstans Arms” and do you have any photo’s.

    12. Hello to all interested in Timothy Road. I found two pub Beano Outing photos for Shackladys, and also one for an Edinburgh Castle women’s group (does anybody remember this Methodist Church, just round the corner in Rhodeswell Road) in ” Cockney Beano Booklet 2013″. Maureen, I spotted your Mum, your Nan and your cousin Linda’s Mum in the beano photos. Who else can you recognise I wonder!

    13. Hi I went to Edinburgh Castle club and went on trip to Stratford upon Avon with them. Can you post pictures. My Aunt Rose had a Grocers shop in Timothy Rd opposite Shackladys and My Mum went on Shackladys I lived in Turners Rd

    14. Hello Jennifer
      What a lovely surprise. I have tried unsuccessfully to find you on facebook. Please contact me on my e.mail.
      Where have the years gone. Briefly, we live in Welwyn in Hertfordshire. As you know we had Lorraine, then Lisa and then Billy. Four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Remember Andy’s opposite Stepney Green station. Please get in touch Jen and we can catch up.
      Maureen Copeland nee House

    15. Jennifer
      My Mum and Aunt Rose was in the photo I saw, of Shackladys do you have any others
      Thank you

  22. The Railway Tavern at 30 Grove Road? As a small child, living in Morgan Street, this was my family’s watering hole on special occasions – such as Christmas. Naturally, we children never saw the INSIDE of this pub! Sad to see this is now being used as flats!

    1. Kathleen, do you come from a large family and do you have a brother who was a wine waiter at a posh hotel in the west end of London? Alan.

    2. Ok Kathleen, thank you for the reply. I thought you may have been one of the Noble family who lived opposite the corner shop, I myself lived in Lichfield road from 1947 – 1970. Gordon Noble was a server at Holy Trinity church as was my brother who is now 78.

  23. Great site, I went to Bow Boys school so the picture of the Caledonian Arms is of particular interest to me, this was and still is located between Hartfield Terrace and Paton Close but I’m sure you knew that. Years of attendance were 1958 – 1963. I lived in Lichfield Road Bow E3 and another pub close by was The Railway Tavern in Grove Road on the junction with Morgan St which is now also residential but I believe it still has some signage set in the walls reflecting its past.

  24. I was a driver in bow garage opposite the bromley arms it was always full of Busmen, mainly on their breaks. The pie shop in bow road was the best. when it moved to leytonstone, Leslie’s mum Dolly worked there. I still go now get frozen pies and liqueur to have at home.

    1. Hi Colin, just wondered if you would remember my mum? Her name was Angela Lyons and she worked as a clippy on the buses. She used to drink in the pubs near there and also played darts.

  25. I lived in sandall house a block of flats next to the Lord Palmerston on Hewlett Road from 1987 to 1990. Kay was the landlady, John the barman and Dick the potman. We played in the Thursday night dart league and enjoyed regular lock ins. The clientele were rough diamonds. Typical friendly East end pub that made us very welcome while we lived there. Everyone had a name – mick the doc, vic the gas, Roy the boy and Lenny the sledge to name a few. Was sad to hear a big part of my life had been turned into flats.

  26. Ray, The three tuns in Bow Road was a popular pub for the Police from Bow Road Police Station in the 1980s and 90s. the licensees were Alf and his wife Maureen who moved on to run a pub in deepest essex. We were made really welcome and the regulars played shove halfpenny and darts. we held some charity nights there and I remember Alvin Martin, the West Ham footballer coming along and having a few drinks. it was a great pub at the time. Mind you we frequented quite a few pubs in the Bow area and most have closed now such as the Needle Gun, The Railway, The Ranleigh Arms in Roman Road, the Milton Arms to name a few. I still live locally and work in Bow (not a Police man anymore). I will try and remember more good memories and post them. PG

  27. Ray – think you wen to school with my brother Kevin Hart and also my brother in law Johnny Haggerty and you used to drink in the Milton Arms with both of my brothers Russell and Kevin – they want to know why the Milton Arms isn’t on your list?

  28. Hi sorry about his but can I use your site to pick brains. I lived in Lamprell Steet, Bow E3 and there was a pub there possibly no 18 am trying to trace the name f the pub which has since been demolished and probably built on. If anyone can help I would be grateful. Thanks Sal

    1. Hello Sal, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, the site has been down for awhile as man who runs it has been unwell. I had a look on internet I could not find a name for the pub but if you put 18 Lamprell Street on to Pub History website on Google the address and some publican details come up, so it was 18, but for some bizarre reason I could not find a name for it, sorry seem to have hit a brick wall on this one, try Pub History site, that will give you some information, good luck, Barrie The Geezers Club

    2. Hi Barrie, thanks for checking on 18 Lamprell Street, Bow. I also am unable to find the name for this pub which seems strange but I will keep on checking. Thanks again Sal S

  29. The Rose and Crown on stroudley walk. I used to go in there in the late 90’s when it had an australian landlord. He was a good bloke who tried to turn the ailing pubs fortunes around by having regular live music on and quizzes etc. It never quite worked as the brewery would never invest any cash in the place. It probably suffered from it’s location not being on bow rd. Sorry i’ve no photos of it though.

    1. There used to be two cottages behind the Rose and Crown, down the alley.
      My mum lived there during the war.
      My grandad played darts in the pub.
      His name was George Sykes. My mum’s name is Eileen, she’s 90 now.

  30. My Uncle was Wilheimur (Bill) van der Hieden. He was married to Ellen (Nell ) Brown (my fathers sister). Bills father Arnoldus (Ted or Van) was the Bird in Hands licensee ( to my knowledge) from at least the 1940s who handed over the running, if not the licence, first to Bill and then to their daughter Josephine (Josie) who held the licence when the pub closed. I remember and patronised the Pie Shop very well as Bill owned/ran a shoe / watch repairers next door. Bills son Arnold took over the shoe repairers when Bill and Nell concentrated on the pub. Arnold was a body builder who became a professional wrestler, sometimes billed as the “Champion of Holland” although I’m not sure whether he ever set foot there. Nell and Josephine were both were well proportioned, very generous and very popular with the pub clientele.

    1. Hi Peter. Great you are looking at our Web-Site. Yes the Railway Tavern bottom of Old Ford Rd. On our list for the next lot we are doing in the New Year. Had many a good night in there when Johnny Sargent with his Wife Doll run it. Keep in touch. Ray.

  31. Hi Chris. Yes I do remembers The Bird in Hand. Was a favorite of my Dad’s, that and The Little Drivers on the over side of Bow Rd, near Addington Rd. That was a ‘Dirty Dicks’ branch in them days. Where the Beer was about a penny cheaper than all the over Pubs in the area. The Drivers is still there now. Also remember the Pie & Mash shop.Great place. Followed it to Leytonstone for awhile. Ray.Geezers Club

  32. No mention of The Bird in Hand, 126 Bow Road. My Dad, Luit (Cyril) Hak owned the pie shop at 138 Bow Road and he used to park his car in the courtyard on the pub’s premises. My cousin, Leslie Shields occasionally kept his car there overnight. At the time, the pub was owned by William (Willie) van der Heiden who, I’ve just realised, must be of Dutch descent. By co-incidence, my grandfather (Heute Hak) who owned the pie shop before my father took it over, was Dutch. I’m guessing the pub closed down as part of the compulsory purchase order that destroyed the old Bow in the early ’80’s. Dad’s pie shop went with it but now my brother owns one in Leytonstone along with cousin Leslie.

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