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The Alphabet Of Lost Pubs S-T

December 12, 2016
by the gentle author

Among the cherished hostelries in this penultimate installment of my series of The Alphabet of Lost Pubs, is The Still & Star in Aldgate which I have been campaigning to save. I can report that the City of London have deferred their decision on its future to consider an Application for Asset of Community Value status for this pub. Keep your fingers crossed! My time-travelling pub crawl is presented in collaboration with Heritage Assets who work in partnership with The National Brewery Heritage Trust, publishing these historic photographs of the myriad pubs of the East End from Charrington’s archive for the first time.

The Scarborough Arms, 11 St Marks St, Aldgate, E1 (Opened before 1855 and closed in 2011 for conversion to residential use)

The Sebright Arms, 26 Coate St Haggerston, E2 (Opened before 1849, rebuilt 1936 and open today)

The Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1839 and closed in 2015)

The Shakespeare’s Head, 46 Percival St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1839, rebuilt in the twentieth century and demolished in 2012)

The Ship Aground, 144 Lea Bridge Rd, Hackney, E5 (Opened before 1871, closed  2009 and now a Sikh temple)

The Ship, 10 Narrow St, Limehouse, E2 (Opened before 1722 destroyed by enemy action on the 12th August 1944)

The Ship & Bell, 74 Prusom St, Wapping, E1 (Opened before 1810 but damaged by enemy action on the 9th September 1940 and closed)

The Smithfield Tavern, Charterhouse St, Smithfield, EC1 (Opened before 1851 as ‘The Red Cow,’ rebuilt 1871, closed 1942, reopened 1946, renamed ‘The Smithfield Tavern’ in 1952 and closed in 2015)

The Spread Eagle Hotel, 1 Manor Rd, West Ham, E15 (Opened before 1886, damaged by enemy action and closed between September 1940 and January 1941, rebuilt on Mitre Rd and now a supermarket)

The Star, 31 Aldersgate St, EC1 (Opened before 1839, closed 1963 and now demolished)

The Star of the East, 83 Goldsmith’s Row, Hackney, E2 (Opened before 1861, closed 1983 and now a shop)

The Star & Garter, 233 Whitechapel Rd, E1 (Opened before 1807, closed 2001 and now a fried chicken shop)

The Still & Star, Little Somerset St, Aldgate, E1 (Opened before 1820 and open today, but under imminent threat of demolition)

The Suffolk Arms, 76 Boston St, Bethnal Green, E2 (Opened before 1839 but now demolished and the space occupied by Hackney City Farm)

The Sugar Loaf, 65 Cannon St, City of London, EC4 (Opened before 1839, renamed ‘O’Neil’s’ in 1999 and open today)

The Sultan, 112 Grange Rd, Plaistow, E13 (Opened before 1872 but demolished in 2005)

The Sussex Arms, 71 Upper North St, Poplar, E15 (Opened before 1863, closed in 1963 and now demolished)

The Sussex Arms, 107A Culford Rd, N1 (Opened before 1856, renamed ‘The Scolt Head’ in 2006 and open today)

The Swan, 73 Clapton Common, Upper Clapton, E5 (Opened before 1745 but closed in 2009 and now a synagogue)

The Swan & Sugar Loaf, 53 Fetter Lane, Holborn, EC4 (Opened before 1800 but destroyed by enemy action in May 1941)

The Temple St Tap, 428 Hackney Rd, E2 (Opened before 1934, renamed ‘Septembers’ in 1983 and demolished in 2000)

The Thatched House, 245 High Rd, Leytonstone, E11 (Opened before 1826, closed by 2008 and now a betting shop)

The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 (Opened before 1849 and open today)

The Three Crowns, 237 Mile End Rd, E1 (Opened before 1719, renamed ‘L’Oasis’ in 1999, closed in 2010 and now an Italian restaurant)

The Three Crowns (West’s Brewery Tap), 311 Hackney Rd, E2 (Established 1822 and closed 1929)

The Three Nuns Hotel, 11 Aldgate High St, EC3 (Opened before 1665, rebuilt 1876, closed 1960 and now demolished)

The Ticket Porter, Arthur St, City of London, EC4 (Opened before 1841, but closed and demolished in 1970)

The Trafalgar, 17 Remington St, N1 (Opened before 1856 but closed in the eighties and now offices)

The Two Brewers, 197 High St, Stratford, E15 (Opened before 1776, closed in 1995 and demolished in 2006)

Photographs courtesy Heritage Assets/The National Brewery Heritage Trust

You may also like to take a look at

The Alphabet of Lost Pubs A-C

The Alphabet of Lost Pubs D-G

The Alphabet of Lost Pubs H-L

The Alphabet of Lost Pubs M-P

The Alphabet of Lost Pubs Q-R

The Pubs of Old London

At the Pub with John Claridge

At the Pub with Tony Hall

Alex Pink’s East End Pubs, Then & Now

Anthony Cairns’ East End Pubs

8 Responses leave one →
  1. ROBERT GREEN permalink
    December 12, 2016

    The Sultan in Grange Rd Plaistow was once run by the parents of Joe Brown (the pop singer) Joe lived there with his parents for quiet a while before he became famous, my grandfather lived right opposite the pub at the time, the Sussex Arms in Upper North St Poplar came under E14 not E15 as stated.

  2. December 12, 2016

    Sad. Valerie

  3. Carolyn Hirst permalink
    December 12, 2016

    Thank you for publishing the photo of the Three Crowns at 237 Mile End Road. Rowland Hirst (the brother of my great great grandfather) was the publican here in 1879 and that he still had the licence in 1908 when he was Mayor of Stepney. By then he had many other pubs and also had homes in Wanstead (where he was proprietor of ‘The Eagle’) and in Herne Bay. Unfortunately, in 1908 Rowland Hirst was found guilty at the Old Bailey of conspiracy and corruptly soliciting and receiving gifts. He was sentenced to two years hard labour and a £250 fine. Rowland Hirst died in 1923 leaving over £10,000 in his will.

  4. December 12, 2016

    The Sekforde Arms, 34 Sekforde St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1839 and closed in 2015) and will REOPEN under new private ownership in summer 2017

  5. Stephen Bushell permalink
    December 12, 2016

    My sister put me in touch with this site. Although I have never lived in London (the only member of my family born outside) I come from a long line of East Enders on my father’s side.

    We had Bushell’s Brewery, but my father tells me it was gambled away one night on one bet by his grandfather, who spent most Saturday nights in the West End, drinking his own produce. My father didn’t drink…

  6. December 12, 2016

    I am so thirsty!

  7. Juliet shipman permalink
    December 16, 2016

    A change of use is acceptable, the building is preserved but so many pubs of handsome appearance have been demolished and some quite recently. Shocking.

  8. Ros permalink
    December 18, 2016

    I like looking at these photos of old pubs though they do make me feel a bit melancholy. I also liked looking at the Persil and Rowntree’s jelly advertisements beside the Three Crowns Mile End Road, along with the pub’s perfectly draped net curtains. And here’s to the future of the Still and Star!

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