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The Alphabet Of Lost Pubs M-P

November 17, 2016
by the gentle author

Among the fine specimens of watering holes in the fourth part of my series of The Alphabet of Lost Pubs, I am delighted to present The Marquis of Lansdowne which was saved from demolition in 2013 by a campaign led by Spitalfields Life and will be restored next year as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme at the Geffrye Museum. Additionally, I should like to highlight a favourite of mine, The Marksman – as a shining example of a pub that has recently discovered new life, cherished as Michelin Pub of the Year for the excellence of its food. 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 Magpie & Stump, 18 Old Bailey, St Sepulchre, EC4 (Originally The King of Denmark, dating from the fifteenth century, renamed in 1944 and open today)

The Manby Arms, 19 Water Lane, Stratford, E15 (Opened before 1874, closed 27th September 1940, reopened 10th May 1943, closed and sold in 2013)

The Marion Arms, 46 Lansdowne Rd, Dalston, E8 (Opened before 1859, closed in 1994 and now converted to residential)

The Marksman, 254 Hackney Rd, E2 (Opened before 1869 and open today)

The Marquis of Cornwallis, 337 Old Ford Rd, Bow, E3 (Opened before 1855 but now demolished)

The Marquis of Cornwallis, 115 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, Ec2 (Opened before 1856 but now demolished)

The Marquis of Lansdowne, 32 Cremer St, Haggerston, E2 (Opened 1838, closed 2000, threatened with demolition but saved and to be restored next year by Geffrye Museum)

The Marquis of Lansdowne, 48 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 (Opened before 1851 and open today)

The Mercers Arms, 34 Belgrave St, Stepney, E1 (Opened before 1839, closed 2006 and now converted to residential use)

The Middleton Arms, 123 Queens Rd, Dalston, E8 (Opened before 1837, rebuilt in the twentieth century, but closed and demolished in 2002)

The Milton Arms, 28 Wrights Rd, Old Ford, Bow, E3 (Opened before 1869, closed in 2007 and demolished in 2008)

The Mitford Castle, 129 Cadogan Terrace, Victoria Park, Bow, E9 (Opened before 1864, renamed ‘Top O’The Morning’ in 1983, closed in 2013 and demolished in 2015)

The Moor’s Arms, 78 Bow Common Lane, Bromley by Bow, E3 (Opened before 1848 and destroyed by enemy action on 7th September 1940)

The Navarino, 45 Navarino Rd, Dalston, E8 (Opened before 1856, closed by 1983 and converted to residential use in 2007)

The Nelson’s Head, 32 Horatio St, Shoreditch, E2 (Opened before 1839, changed name to ‘Fanny Nelson’s’ this year and open today)

The Nevill Arms, 31 Nevill Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 (Opened before 1874, closed 1984 and now converted to residential)

The Newmarket, 26 Smithfield St, EC1 (Opened before 1856, destroyed by enemy action in September 1940 then rebuilt, closed in 2006 and now a restaurant)

The Norfolk Arms, 15 Ivimey St, Bethnal Green, E2 (Opened before 1822 and now demolished, the site is a park)

The Norfolk, 199 Shoreditch High St, E1 (Opened 1856, closed 1996 and demolished in 2004)

The North Star, 24 Browning Rd, Leytonstone, E11 (Opened in 1858 and open today)

The Northampton Arms, 205 Goswell Rd, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1802, rebuilt 1891, closed 1961 and now demolished)

The Old Blue Anchor, 133 Whitechapel Rd, E1 (Opened before 1754, rebuilt in 1860,  renamed ‘Indo’ in 2000 and open today)

The Old Ivy House, 166 Goswell Rd, EC1 (Opened before 1837 and open today)

The Old King John’s Head, 90 Mansfield St, Shoreditch, E2 (Opened before 1848, rebuilt in 1965, closed and demolished 2013)

The Old Red Lion, 418 John St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened in 1415, rebuilt 1899 and open today)

The Old Ship, 38 Stepney High St, Mile End, E1 (Opened before 1839, closed 1944 and now demolished)

The Oporto Tavern, 43 West India Dock Rd, Poplar,  (Opened 1851, changed name to ‘Westferry Arms’ in 2012 and closed in 2016)

The Palmerston Arms, 184 Well St, Hackney, E9 (Opened before 1872, closed 1950 and now a pizzeria)

The Peacock, 12 Whitecross St, Cripplegate, EC1 (Opened 1725 but destroyed by enemy action inDecember 1940)

The Percy Arms, 26 Great Percy St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1853 but now closed and converted to residential use)

The Perseverance, 35 Vicarage Lane, East Ham, E6 (Opened befire 1881, closed 2004 and now converted to residential use)

The Perseverance, 7 Wallis, Hackney Wick, E9 (Opened 1911, closed 1967 and now demolished)

The Phoenix, 24 Upper East Smithfield, Aldgate, E1 (Opened before 1826 but destroyed by enemy action on 15th September 1940)

The Prince Albert, 16 Alfred St, City Rd, N1 (Opened before 1850, renamed ‘The Charles Lamb’ in 2006 and open today)

The Prince Albert, 11 Coopers Row, Crutched Friars, City of London, EC (Opened before 1842 and destroyed by enemy action on 10th May 1941)

The Prince Albert, 221 Queesbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 (Opened before 1848, closed 1971 and now demolished)

The Prince Albert, 47 Hows St, Shoreditch, E2 (Opened before 1848 and now demolished)

The Prince Alfred, 46 Eleanor Rd, London Fields, N11  (Opened before 1863 abut destroyed by enemy action in September 1940)

The Prince Alfred, 7 Poplar High St, E14 (Opened 1861, closed 1972 and now demolished)

The Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet St, EC4 (Opened before 1839 and open today as a restaurant)

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 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

11 Responses leave one →
  1. Shawdian permalink
    November 17, 2016

    Good Morning & Thank you.

    A marvelous treasure of Public Houses.
    Do you know if there is an account of how Public Houses came to get their names?
    as I am intruiged about their titles more than the use of a pub, which I do not use.

  2. November 17, 2016

    Well done GA re Marquis of Lansdowne

    Many lovely buildings

  3. November 17, 2016

    Great research as ever illuminating
    I am trying to find historic photos of the queens head pub corner of fashion and commercial street any guidance appreciated as we wish to restore it to its former self

  4. Richard Vaughan permalink
    November 17, 2016

    Love this. It’s fantastic.

    Have one slight amendment though…I think the Palmerston on Well St is, fittingly for Hackney, now a craft beer shop (Mother Kelly’s) and a pizzeria.

  5. Peter Holford permalink
    November 17, 2016

    Wow! I got a surprise to see the Palmerston on Well Street. It was my grandparents pub and my dad was born in it (upstairs, I think!). He used to tell me it was a Taylor Walker pub – perhaps Charrington acquired it or perhaps he got mixed up with the other pubs he lived in.

    Thank you for that image – I knew the building but had never seen a photo of it in its prime.

  6. eddie johnson permalink
    November 18, 2016

    focus of my families life during the war, the Mitford. Desperately sad that its gone,

  7. Mo06 permalink
    November 18, 2016

    Nice photos, it’s such a shame so many have gone.

    I have a supped a pint or two in a few of them.

    Regarding the Punch on Fleet Street, that was a regular haunt when I worked in the area, and then they split the pub in two, and now there are two pubs (the other being the Crown and Sugarloaf I believe) on the site.

    Not sure the Punch is now a restaurant though…

  8. David Gredley permalink
    November 18, 2016

    Good to see so many Charrington pubs looking so noble and without advertising hoardings on every expanse of brickwork.
    The name on the Prince Alfred 7 Poplar High Street is ‘Richard Beer’ who some may remember was Charrington’s Property Director in the early 1970s. I wonder how his name appears on the Pub?

  9. Lesley permalink
    November 23, 2016

    So lovely to see my old boozer the Marksman from when I lived on Hackney Road 10 years ago! I remember sitting at the bar and chain smoking to celebrate the end of smoking indoors! Seems a bit nicer now! So many lovely pubs, what a shame some are long gone now.

  10. Torsten Busch permalink
    May 29, 2018

    The Old Rose (128 The Highway (formerly Ratcliff Highway), London E1, closed 2011 but building still there) appears to be missing.

  11. Jill permalink
    July 15, 2021

    My Grandparents managed the Comfort Arms , Solebay St , Stepney after WW2

    Does anyone have memories to share about Mr Bob & Mrs Doris Scott and if there are any photographs of the outside of the pub

    My Mother is currently unwell and I would love to show her a photo of her parents pub … especially as its where she first met my father

    Please help if possible

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