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Inns Of Long Forgotten London

April 7, 2014
by the gentle author

Leafing through the fat volumes of Walter Thornbury’s London Old & New is the least energetic form of pub crawl I know and yet I found I was intoxicated merely by studying these tottering old inns, lurching at strange angles like inebriated old men sat by the wayside. Published in the eighteen-seventies, these publications looked back to London and its rural outskirts in the early nineteenth century, evoking a city encircled by coaching inns where pigs roamed loose in Edgware Rd and shepherds drove sheep to market down Highgate Hill.

White Hart Tavern, Bishopsgate

Bell Tavern, Edmonton

Jack Straw’s Castle, Hampstead

Spaniards’ Hotel, Highgate

Old Crown Inn, Highgate

Gate House Tavern, Highgate

The Brill Tavern, Somers Town

The Castle Tavern, Kentish Town

Old Mother Red Cap Tavern, Camden

Queen’s Head & Artichoke, Edgware Rd

Bell Inn, Kilburn

Halfway House, Kensington

Black Lion Tavern,  Chelsea

World’s End Tavern, Chelsea

Gun Tavern, Pimlico

Rose & Crown, Kensington

Tattersall’s, Knightsbridge

Three Cranes Tavern, Upper Thames St, City of London

The Old Queen’s Head, Islington

Old Red Lion, Upon the banks of the Fleet – prior to demolition

Saracen’s Head, Snow Hill – prior to demolition

Old Tabard Tavern, Southwark – prior to demolition

White Hart Tavern, Borough

Inns of the Borough

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

You may like to take a look at other engravings from London Old & New

Long Forgotten London

More Long Forgotten London

and  more pubs

The Pubs of Old London

Antony Cairns’ East End Pubs

Antony Cairns’ Dead Pubs

Alex Pink’s East End Pubs Then & Now

The Gentle Author’s Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Next Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Spitalfields Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Dead Pubs Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Next Dead Pubs Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Wapping Pub Crawl

The Gentle Author’s Piccadilly Pub Crawl

8 Responses leave one →
  1. April 7, 2014

    wonderful pictures – thankyou.

  2. April 7, 2014

    Pictures from a good, old, cozy, comfortable, quiet time … — (I do love the horses era!)

    Love & Peace

  3. Vicky permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Ah, if only these inns had survived into modern times – but imagine the ongoing fights to stop Boris from sanctioning their being demolished.

  4. Celeste Regal permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Think of the many grand hurrahs had at these “quiet” inns. A good thesis project for any talk about the goings on in local broadsides, gossipy letters or other remnants of the times. Have you read Richardson’s Old Inns of England? Most are repurposed into swanky field and stream clubs. Of course I prefer the old & tottering as they were. I do so enjoy your posts.

  5. Gary Arber permalink
    April 7, 2014

    We still have our old coaching inn at Romford, The Golden Lion.

  6. Ellen in NEW England permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Are those the same Jack Straw’s Castle and Spaniards I visited in 1977?

  7. David Whittaker permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Thank You so much…it’s like being in a time-machine..

  8. suzanne mccormick wade permalink
    February 11, 2017

    Absolutely fabulous photos! Thank you (My husbands family were bootmakers on high street highgate for many years 19th century – so these are just marvelous!) Apparently lived also on Cholmeley Street – do you have any photos of this area ? What a treat!

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