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The Alphabet Of Lost Pubs U-Z

December 22, 2016
by the gentle author

As we arrive at the end of this series, I am delighted to report that since my last installment The Still & Star in Aldgate has been granted Asset of Community Value Status by the City of London Corporation. Equally, I am filled with dread by the prospect of the imminent unveiling of The White Hart, dating from the thirteenth century in Bishopsgate, which has been facaded and replaced by a cylindrical office block by Sir Alan Sugar. 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 Upton Manor Tavern, 48 Plashet Rd, West Ham, E13 (Opened before 1896 but demolished after 1980)

The Van Tromp, 121 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 (Opened 1827, closed 1990 and now a Pret A Manger)

The Velocipede, 80 Coutts Rd, Mile End, E1 (Opened before 1891 and demolished after 1921)

The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 (Opened before 1856 and open today)

The Victoria, 110 Grove Rd, Mile End, E1 (Opened before 1865, rebuilt in the twentieth century and open today)

The Victory, 266 Commercial Rd, E1 (Opened before 1877, damaged in 1941 but rebuilt and reopened, closed in 1959 and now demolished)

The Victory, 23 Tottenham Rd, Hackney, N1 (Opened before 1848, closed 1938 and now demolished)

The Victory, 144 Ben Jonson Rd, Stepney (Opened before listed 1973, delisted 1976 and now demolished)

The Vulcan, 178 Rhodeswell St, Limehouse, E14 (Opened before 1856, closed 1967 and now demolished)

The Welsh Harp, 32 Homerton Row, E9 (Opened before 1901, renamed ‘The Hospital Tavern’ in 2006, closed in 2013 and demolished in 2015)

The Wentworth Arms, 127 Eric St, Mile End, E1 (Opened before 1864 and open today)

The Westminster Arms, 163 Gosset St, Bethnal Green, E2 (Opened before 1865 but closed in the nineties and now flats)

The White Bear, 57 St John St, Clerkenwell, EC1 (Opened before 1849 and open today)

The White Hart, 74 Kingsland Rd, E2  (Opened before 1659 and demolished in 2004 although locally listed)

The White Hart, 121 Bishopsgate, E1 (Opened 1240, rebuilt 1490 and 1827, closed 2014 and facaded as part of an office development)

The White Hart, 69 Long Lane, Smithfield, EC1 (Opened before 1802 and now a barber’s shop)

The White Hart, 159 – 161 High Road, South Woodford, E18 (Opened before 1826, listed since 1979, renamed ‘Funkymojoe’ in 2009 and now reopened as ‘The Woodford.’)

The White Hart Hotel, 231 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 (Opened before 1722, rebuilt around 1830 and again around 1890, closed in 2008 but reopened as ‘The Clapton Hart’ and open today)

The White Horse, 106 Burdett Rd, E3 (Opened before 1860 and now demolished)

The White Horse, 48 White Horse Rd, Stepney, E1 (Opened before 1856 and open today)

The White Lion, 19 Upper Thames St, City of London, EC4 (Opened before 1802 and demolished after 1948)

The Windmill, 27 Tabernacle St, Finsbury, EC2 (Opened before 1869 and open today)

The Woverley Arms, 62 Viaduct St, Bethnal Green, E2 (Opened before 1854 and demolished after 1944)

The Woodhouse Tavern, 119 Harrow Rd, Leytonstone, E11 (Opened before 1881 and open today)

The Yarmouth Arms, 88 Lower Thames St, City of London, EC4 (Opened before 1816 and demolished after 1944)

The Yorkshire Grey, 180 Brady St, Bethnal Green, E1 (Opened before 1869, closed 1996 and now flats)

The Young Prince, 448 Roman Rd, E3 (Opened before 1872 and open today)

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 Alphabet of Lost Pubs S-T

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

13 Responses leave one →
  1. December 22, 2016

    Queens head corner fashion and commercial street?

  2. December 22, 2016

    Many congratulations on the completion of this heroic task. To have captured photos of all these old pubs and put them together to present them to the world via Spitalfields Life you have demonstrated the very best that can be achieved in the retelling of our past via a blog.

  3. December 22, 2016

    I do love these, they are fascinating. You can trace the history of London in their fates – war, change of industry, change of area usage. And the different styles are great. I’d have liked an evening at the picture house on Lower Clapton Road and am delighted that both pub and picture house are still standing, if battered.

  4. Stephen Barker permalink
    December 22, 2016

    I liked the Velocipede as the name for a pub, I have a poster for a property sale in East Anglia to be held at a pub called the ‘Safety-valve Inn’.

    The facade of the Woverley Arms with its attached Ionic columns was very elegant.

  5. December 22, 2016

    Such a shame that so many have gone. Alan Sugar’s project looks ghastly. What an eye sore again! Valerie

  6. December 22, 2016

    I consider myself very lucky to have drunk in a number of these establishments. It now going to take me quite a while to sober up. Brilliant series and down with money men who are destroying our heritage.

  7. John Soane permalink
    December 22, 2016

    In my youth, I worked as potman at the Upton Manor Tavern (ie I collected the glasses and returned them to the bar).

  8. Michael Ayres permalink
    December 22, 2016

    Some great looking pubs have been seen in this series , a fantastic tribute to former glories, unfortunatley not all were equal to the wrecking ball, mores the shame.

  9. Baden permalink
    December 22, 2016

    For the benefit of those not resident in the UK: having seen it named in so many photos, is Charrington’s still a going concern?

  10. Ian Silverton permalink
    December 24, 2016

    GA, Thanks for putting up THE WESTMINSTER ARMS,where I was born in 1944,my Grand Fathers name is outside S E Silverton,he lived here in the 1930s,but died soon after buying the pub,when it was taken over by my Grandmother,A M Silverton,where she had too look after,her 6 children,all of school age as well as running a pub. My father then took on the running of the pub when he returned from the war,serving in the RAF,bomber command. He and my mother ran the pub until the middle of the 1960s,when he bought the Victory Pub in Hoxton,also now flats. Merry Christmas.

  11. Andrew Plume permalink
    January 15, 2017

    some more depressing news:-

  12. Ian Silverton permalink
    January 26, 2017

    The Van Tromp pub in Bethnal Green Road, had a small barber shop,ajoined called Barney Bens you can just make it out in the picture of the pub to the left. Boyhood haircuts from an eary age where done here,on a plank of wood across a chair.

  13. Roger Whiter permalink
    February 8, 2021

    My ancestors ran pubs in East London.
    William Whiter is listed in the Post Office Directory as running The Victory Ben Johnson’s Fields Stepney and also in the 1857 directory.

    Prior to this he is listed in the London Commercial as being a beer retailer at 105 Brick Lane Spitalfields

    The family (Starting with George Whiter) also ran the Prince Regent 105A Globe Rd. Stepney from 1860s-1920s

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