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THE OLD PUBS OF TOTTENHAM

The pub is a British institution under threat. With a handful of pubs closing every single day, I fear it will not be long before we hear last orders called on one of our great historical and social traditions.

Loved and envied the world over, the pub is a recognisably British institution that has long formed a cornerstone of our community life. Nowhere else can you relax in cosy surroundings that are part homely living room and part rustic farm building, and share a beer with people from all walks of life. The stresses and strains of everyday life and the steely British reserve all fall away at the utterance of the immortal phrase, “Fancy a pint?”

But why are we slowly witnessing the demise of our favourite pubs? Factors such as the smoking ban, sharp increases in beer duties, cheap supermarket lager, increasingly sophisticated home entertainment, high operating costs - have all taken their toll on our beloved boozer.


Sadly the situation has not been helped with the trend of our younger generation deserting both our pubs and the drinking of traditional ales, in favour of bottled 'Euro-Fizz' beers being consumed in trendy bars and clubs that have also contributed to the pub’s gradual decline.

So let’s raise our glasses and say ‘Cheers’ to many of the old time pubs of Tottenham that have served us so well over many centuries.
But first let us remind ourselves of some of the famous London Brewery Companies that once stood proudly above the signs of Tottenham’s favourite pubs: I have listed just a few and I am sure there are many more, so please let us know of your favourite tipples.

 

  
  • CHARRINGTONS

  • COURAGE

  • FRIARY MEUX

  • IND COOPE

  • MANN CROSSMAN & PAULIN

  • TAYLOR WALKER

  • TRUMAN'S & HANBURYS

  • WATNEY COMBE REID

  • WHITBREAD

  • YOUNGERS

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To make our journey, or should I say our pub-crawl, just a little easier I will attempt to show the pubs in some general location groupings around Tottenham. I know that some may not quite fit but, by the time you reach Bruce Grove, you will be past caring as you are intoxicated by the memories !

 

NORTH TOTTENHAM

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ANTWERP ARMS ANTWERP ARMS ANTWERP ARMS - Photo by Peter Thomas
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THE BELL & HARE THE BELL & HARE THE BELL & HARE
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BRICKLAYERS ARMS COACH & HORSES THE CHEQUERS
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'THE WHITE HART'  SPURS GROUND VALENTINO'S VALENTINO'S
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THE CORNER PIN THE PARK TAVERN (Corner Pin) THREE COMPASSES
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We have been contacted by Mike Smith who's grandparents (John & Dolly Smith) once owned 'The Nags Head ' at 880 High Road Tottenham- This was once situated between Brantwood Road and the old Wagon Lane.  They also managed 'The Seven Sisters' in Broad Lane and 'The Castle' in Church Road

THE BRITISH QUEEN THE NAGS HEAD THE NAGS HEAD (HISTORY)
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THE PARK HOTEL THE RAILWAY TAVERN - WHITE HART LANE THE OLIVE BRANCH
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THE ROEBUCK WAGGON & HORSES THE BILL NICHOLSON
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At the end of a dank alleyway on the boundary of Tottenham and Edmonton stood the abandoned Rifleman Public House.  It had closed during the war, its heavy pint glasses no longer in need of a polish, its pumps no longer worthy of the name.  Since then its piano had been wheeled away, its frosted window panes had been broken by little boys' stones and its bar top chopped up for firewood.  On 19th June 1947, two men made The Rifleman their headquarters, their office and their factory floor.  Pooling their savings of 600 Leslie and Rodney Smith, no relation to one another, bought a second hand die-casting machine and installed it in one of the rooms of the old pub. When they had done that, they die cast their Christian names at Companies House and became Lesney Products.
 In 1953 the year after the Korean War had ended and with zinc restrictions lifted Lesney Products designed a miniature replica of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation carriage. Lesney Products sold one million of them and The Rifleman had suddenly become a goldmine. Initially they were oblivious to the financial implications of their million-selling carriage and, when the daughter of one of the partners returned home from school one day complaining that the only toys she could take into the playground where ones that fitted inside a matchbox, they set about making a replica of a diesel road roller that would fit the spec. When they then saw the commercial possibilities the Matchbox Series was launched.

(Extracts from the history of The Red Lion Brewery – Hoare & Company)

THE RIFLEMAN  - UNION ROW (TOTTENHAM BOUNDARY) BIRTHPLACE OF LESNEY PRODUCTS - MATCHBOX TOYS




This fine old pub onced graced Church Lane in Tottenham close to Tottenham High Road. In the background you can see the railway bridge that of course still stands today.

We are indebted to Peter Thomas who has allowed us to publish this wonderful old photograph taken by his Grandfather William Atkinson in 1910

THE SPOTTED DOG - CHURCH LANE -TOTTENHAM - Photograph courtesy of Peter Thomas

 

SCOTLAND GREEN & BRUCE GROVE

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THE RED LION THE RED LION THE RED LION -   c1897
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TWO BREWERS PRINCE OF WALES GEORGE & VULTURE
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THE SHIP THE SHIP THE VICTORIA

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THE PLOUGH - Original Pub THE PLOUGH THE BEEHIVE

 

HIGH CROSS

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THE SWAN - 1822 Tottenham's most historic pub THE SWAN 1890 THE SWAN
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THE SWAN - A haunting yet captivating image from the 1960s

For those of an older persuasion it evokes memories of the 'You're never alone with a Strand' cigarette advertisement from the 60's. Any moment you expect a man in a light raincoat to emerge from the shadows. Note the reflections of light on the road studs.

We acknowledge the permission of Ken Haynes to publish this photograph

THE ROSE & CROWN - 1886
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THE ROSE & CROWN THE ROSE & CROWN - 1963 THE ROSE & CROWN
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THE BULL - Original structure  THE BULL 1939 THE BULL 1947
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Pictured left is a wonderful old photograph of 'The Eagle' taken in the 1890S. It has been sent to us by Ann Gorwyn and is shows her Grandfather, George Bowerman, who was a Dairyman in Tottenham Hale

THE EAGLE  (Photograph courtesy Ken Haynes) THE EAGLE - CHESNUT ROAD - 1890s  

 

SOUTH TOTTENHAM

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THE MITRE GOLDEN STOOL THE DUTCH HOUSE
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WOODBERRY TAVERN WOODBERRY TAVERN THE VICTORIA (now) SEE BELOW
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THE FLOWER POT- ST ANN'S ROAD THE FLOWER POT THE FLOWER POT - 1970s
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THE VICTORIA - VICTORIA CRESCENT- Photo by Steven Rowe THE VICTORIA - VICTORIA CRESCENT  PRINCE OF WALES- CORNWALL ROAD- Photo by Jacquie Mann
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PRINCE OF WALES -CORNWALL ROAD- Photo by Steven Rowe    

 

TOTTENHAM HALE & BROAD LANE

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THE WHITE HART THE WHITE HART THE WHITE HART
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THE HOPE & ANCHOR HOPE & ANCHOR DARTS TEAM

EDITORS PERK - MY DAD WAS THE  VICTORIOUS CAPTAIN

THE VOLUNTEER
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THE VOLUNTEER THE CITY ARMS - HIGH CROSS ROAD THE SEVEN SISTERS - BROAD LANE
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PRINCE ARTHUR - BROAD LANE OLD SEVEN SISTERS - MARKFIELD ROAD THE NARROW BOAT - FERRY LANE ESTATE

 

FERRY LANE - THE HOME OF THE FERRY BOAT INN
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WEST GREEN ROAD & PHILIP LANE

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RAILWAY TAVERN THE FOUNTAIN - 1896
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THE FOUNTAIN BLACK BOY INN THE DAGMAR - CORNWALL ROAD
We have recently  obtained these old interior shots of the DAGMAR dating from the early 1980s but we are still seeking photographs of the pub exterior - Added NOV 2015

Photographs Courtesy of Andrew Sargent
THE DAGMAR - INTERIOR THE DAGMAR - INTERIOR  
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THE FOX THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE THE GOAT
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THE GREEN GATE - 1870 THE GREEN GATE THE LORD PALMERSTON
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COACH OUTING - LORD PALMERSTON THE GREYHOUND THE LORD CLYDE - CLYDE ROAD

 

HARRINGAY & TURNPIKE LANE
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THE OAKDALE - HERMITAGE ROAD SALISBURY HOTEL - 1905 SALISBURY HOTEL - GREEN LANES
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QUEENS HEAD - GREEN LANES QUEENS HEAD GREEN LANES THE WELLINGTON ARMS

 

LORDSHIP LANE & THE ROUNDWAY

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THE ELMHURST - 1903 THE ELMHURST THE SPURS PUB - ROUNDWAY
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SPURS PUB SIGN WHITE HART HOTEL - DEVONSHIRE HILL CAMBRIDGE HOTEL - NORTH CIRCULAR

 

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We have probably forgotten quite a number of pubs that once graced Tottenham so please let us know of any that we have missed !
We would also like to receive any photographs that we can share on this feature with residents of Tottenham both past and present.

Can you remember those early television advertisements featuring Bernard Miles that sold the virtues of a good glass of beer ? Although originally for Mackeson Stout we recommend that we now adopt the slogan for all British Beers !

IT LOOKS GOOD IT TASTES GOOD AND BY GOLLY IT DOES YOU GOOD !

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Thanks for joining us on this nostalgic visit to the old pubs of Tottenham

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Background Image - The Swan -High Cross 1800

Article prepared  by Alan Swain - December 2011

The 'Eagle' and 'TheSwan' at Night photographs added January 2012- Courtesy of Ken Haynes

The Narrow Boat added November 2013- Courtesy of Mustafa Suleman

'ThE RIFLEMAN' added December 2014 - The premises became the origins of Lesney Products and MATCHBOX Toys.

'The Spotted Dog' Church Road - August 2015

'The Prince of Wales' Cornwall Road and 'The Victoria' St Anns Road - August 2015

'The Flower Pot' St Ann's Road - 1970s picture by Steve Rowe - Added Sept 2015

'The Dagmar' Cornwall Road - Interior Shots - Added November 2015

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