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In Jeffrey Johnson’s Footsteps

May 1, 2019
by the gentle author

A few years ago, I published Jeffrey Johnson’s photographs of his favourite pubs from the seventies now held in the archive at Bishopsgate Institute. The author known as Rescue Dog Dexter – a graduate of my blog writing course – set out to discover what had become of Jeffrey Johnson’s pubs and this is what he found. Follow RESCUE DOG DEXTER, Every dog has their day and this is mine

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Knave of Clubs, Bethnal Green Rd

Present before 1735, the pub became a restaurant around 1994 before closing in 2001 and reopening as a bar called Dirty Bones

Crown & Woolpack, St John St, Clerkenwell

Believed to date from around 1851, the pub was open until 1990, then closed but has undergone refurbishment and is currently The Chapel, a hairdresser

Dericote St, Broadway Market

This building appears unchanged however it is clearly a private residence now. The history is obscure, although we understand that it was once part of the Guinness empire

Brunswick Arms, Macdonald Rd, Archway

Demolished in the early eighties, there is no trace of the pub today

Old Bell Tavern, St Pancras

The same view today

Horn Tavern, Knightrider St, City of London (now known as The Centrepage)

Originally known as the Horn Tavern, the pub can be seen when crossing the foot bridge from Tate Modern to St Pauls. A grade II listed building, built in the mid-nineteenth century – the area around the pub has changed significantly

Magpie & Stump, Old Bailey

Opposite the Old Bailey, the Magpie & Stump was apparently nicknamed ‘Court Number 10’ as it was regularly filled with detectives and reporters

The Bull’s Head (Landlords fight to save City pub)

The Bull’s Head was demolished in 1990 to make way for this office development

Marquis of Anglesey, Ashmill St

The pub closed around 2009 and became offices

The White Horse, Little Britain

There seems to have been a pub on this site since 1765, it was rebuilt in 1892 but closed around 1971 and converted to offices

The Olde Wine Shades, City of London

This establishment was built in 1663, predating the Great Fire by three years. Due to the architectural and historical significance, it is grade II listed

Original photographs © Jeffrey Johnson

New photographs copyright © Rescue Dog Dexter

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. May 1, 2019

    The Magpie and Stump saddens me. I remember it well from the 70s. Is it the same M&S that Charles Dickens watched executions from, do you think? And the pub in St Pancras. That’s a shame. Glad to see so many still helping the capital’s drinkers.

  2. Paul Loften permalink
    May 1, 2019

    Love the photos! Thank you for your work in showing them to us

  3. Bernie permalink
    May 1, 2019

    In relation to this item and to the Tadman’s one last week I wonder whether someone can remind me of the legal situation that resulted in licensed premises being preferentially reconstructed/repaired after bomb damage, thus accounting in part for their preponderant, isolated placement at street corners and junctions.

    It does look like a case of ‘to those who have shall more be given’, but perhaps there is some better justification too.

  4. May 1, 2019

    Bear with a long-ago memory from a New Yorker. We were making our first trip to London (first of MANY), taking a chartered bus from the airport into your grand town. Now — imagine someone entering London for the first time. SO much excitement and anticipation. A very mannerly lady in black dress, pearls and even one of those little net thingies on her head was speaking into a microphone so we would be aware of all the nuances. Suddenly she inserted (in an excitable voice) that
    “New York City is burning!”. Back at home, we had experienced a black-out and the horrific outcome of that event was harrowing. Sadly, looting and rioting was taking place. And yet here we were in beautiful London. Sigh. I got out my travel journal and began recording the names of the pubs as they appeared through the bus windows. I still have the list. One in particular that tweaked my imagination: Stanley’s Library. I have no idea if it still exists (and, heck , maybe in my excited state it never existed……….) but it has stuck in my memory.

    Yours in a wonderful, enduring city! Thanks for allowing me to “return” to London almost
    every morning. I can’t think of a better way to begin the day.

  5. Sonia Murray permalink
    May 1, 2019

    The sympathetic conversion of the Dericote St building to a private residence is lovely! I do hope the beautiful bow window over the Bulls Head was saved, and is in a museum today. It’s sad to see the architectural interest of old London destroyed and replaced by concrete and glass.

  6. Jane permalink
    May 1, 2019

    Great work, sad stories. Can only imagine the work it took to protect the few remaining.
    Well done!

  7. Ian Silverton permalink
    May 1, 2019

    The first picture in Bethnal Green Road of the Knave of Clubs,began life as the VAN TRUMP, then the Boxer Sir Henry Cooper took it on and it became the COOPERS, had a small Men’s Barbers attached when I was a boy called Barney Benns, it was where the true cockney crowd went when they where getting smartning up for a date in the 50s, and something for the weekend was always heard by us small boys sitting there on planks of wood having ours cut, we never understood what it meant.

  8. ron permalink
    May 1, 2019

    Really enjoyed this. Great to see pics of the places from the 70s. Sad to see some of them go, but at least stories like this are raising awareness of the inherent value of these aging beauties. Thanks for another great post!

  9. Carol permalink
    May 2, 2019

    Is Rescue Dog Dexter related to the late great Police Dog Hogan?

  10. July 29, 2019

    The “Magpie & Stump” in Dickensian literature is thought to be the Seven Stars in Carey Street, toward the rear of the Royal Courts of Justice. The Old Bell in St Pancras was initially fairly difficult to find, however the “giveaway” was the German Gymnasium towards the rear of the sight in the original photograph.

    The destruction of much of Londons working class (and by default drinking) culture to what is now a sea of glass and steel is indeed sad to see. Indeed the bow window above the door to the Bulls Head was unlikely to have been saved. The developers would have been too busy putting a shiny new office block on the site to worry about small details such as salvage of a window. I hope I am proved wrong however.

    Finally, no I am not related to the great police dog, Hogan. I only wish I was as brave and fearless.

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