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Pub and Brewery History

"From the towns all inns have been driven; from the villages most... Change your hearts, or you will lose your inns, and you will deserve to have lost them. But when you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves - for you will have lost the last of England." Hilaire Belloc, "From This and that on Inns", 1912

The Prince Alfred - South Teddington c1920?The world is forever changing; buildings, people, beer and breweries come and go. The sad thing is, that the changes are not always for the better. With Government legislation, Businesses chasing profits and today's lifestyles are all causing more pubs to close or change their purpose. Local communities are becoming more fragmented or disappear all together. CAMRA is doing a lot of work to halt or slow this decline. Becoming a CAMRA member does more that just keeping Real Ale available in this country.

There is a growing band of people that see our pub heritage as something to be celebrated and preserved. There is also a need to record the disappearance of these pubs for posterity. Complete or near complete historic pub interiors are now a very great rarity. The CAMRA National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Heritage Interest aims to raise public awareness. The London-based historian Dr Geoff Brandwood has done much to further this aim. In 2004 the regional Inventory stated that 134 of London's 5,700 pubs have interiors with heritage value.

There are many pubs in this and surrounding areas that have disappeared from the map. It is hoped that some of these establishments can be recorded on this site as information and pictures come to hand. So if you have or can access pictures and supporting facts we would be very please to hear from you. [Feedback]

Pubs recorded by Richmond & Hounslow branch that have ceased to exist since ~1990:

Barnes
Waterman's Arms (restaurant)
Bedfont
Black Dog (redeveloped)
Royal Oak (demolished)
Brentford
North Star (Private Club)
Windmill (demolished)
Plough (demolished)
New England (aka Duke of York) (boarded-up)
Pottery Arms (boarded-up)
Bricklayers Arms (residential)
Waggon & Horses (to be demolished)
George & Dragon (demolished)
Feltham
Feltham Hotel (community Centre)
Prince of Wales (demolished)
Locomotive (demolished)
Railway Tavern (demolished)
Crown & Sceptre (Tesco Express)
Sawyers Arms (demolished)
The Mansion (formerly Rose &Crown)
Ham
Crooked Billet (dwellings)
Fox & Goose (dwellings)
Water Gipsies (childrens' nursery)
Royal Oak (to be a dwelling?)
Hampton
White Hart (dwellings)
Railway Hotel (dwellings)
Hampton Hill
Duke of Wellington (dwellings)
Jolly Gardeners (dwellings)
Jenny Lind (KFC takaway restaurant)
Hampton Wick
Rose & Crown (restaurant)
Railway (dwellings)
Hanworth
Brown Bear (demolished 1980)
Jolly Sailor (demolished)
Hope & Anchor (demolished)
Oxford Arms (demolished)
New Moon (to be demolished)
Horse & Groom (Tesco Express)
Hounslow
Hussar Bar & Restaurant (COU approved)
Warren (now Tesco Express)
Queen Arms (ex Greyhound - demolished)
Queen Victoria (demolished)
Tankerville (demolished)
Earl Russell
Shannons
The Rifleman (now a restaurant)
Jolly Farmer
Blue Ginger Bar ex South Western (to be a restaurant?)
Duke of Wellington (converted into a Sainsbury's Local)
Bar 113 (converted to an Indian Restaurant)
Windmill (renamed Manzil Lounge. Asian Restaurant/Bar/Club & Shisha Lounge)
Isleworth
Inn on The Square (offices)
Harlequin (shop)
Labouring Boys (demolished)
Kings Arms (redevelopment started)
Triple Crown (demolished)
Rose & Crown (boarded up)
County Arms (demolished)
George (Freehold sold)
Kew
Kings Arms (restaurant)
Mortlake
Lord Napier (dwellings)
Railway (up fo sale)
Charlie Butler (sold to developer and now demolished)
Richmond
Bricklayers Arms (shop)
The Imperial (Building Society)
The Duke of York (Thai restaurant)
Bishops Finger (dwellings)
Black Horse
Blue Anchor (dwellings)
Hole in the Wall
Three Pigeons (demolished now dwellings)
Shakespeare (to be dwellings)
Sheen, East
Bull (demolished and shop development built - inc. The Pig & Whistle pub)
Derby Arms (dwellings)
Market Gardener (vacant?)
Queens Arms (converted into 3 houses - tiled pub fascia retained)
Spur (demolished and block of flats built)
Black Horse
Teddington
Horse & Groom (pizza restaurant)
Queen Dowager (demolished for dwellings)
Royal Oak (sold to CÔTE Restaurant Group)
Twickenham
Nelson (fish restaurant)
Cherry Tree (demolished)
Austin's Bar and Restaurant (Dwellings)
Red Lion (Tesco Metro)
Old Anchor (closed 28th April 2014)
Mulberry Tree (closed 2016 to be a restaurant)

 

Breweries past and present

There are now three breweryies currently in operation within our branch area.

  1. Twickenham Fine Ales was founded by Steve Brown when he opened a Micro Brewery in late October 2004. Twickenham Fine Ales was the first brewery in Twickenham since Cole’s Brewery closed in 1906. In 2012 to expand their operations they moved into new premises close by and sold their original 10 barrel plant. Twickenham now brew 20 beers a year; 4 regulars, 4 seasonals and 12 monthly specials that are available across London and some surrounding areas. The most recent addition to Twickenham’s product line has been the their bottled range and one craft keg larger called Tusk a 4.7% IPA.
    A Brewery shop and 'Rugby Day Bar' was opened in November 2013.
  2. Dave Scott brings his home brewing hobby to commercial production as he opens the Kew Brewery in 2015, mimicking what Twickenham Fine Ales have done for Twickenham. See Dave Scott's Facebook page.
  3. Reunion Ales Ltd, Unit 17 Vector Park, Feltham, West London. The brewery was founded by Francis Smedley in 2016. They use a Moeschle 10-barrel set-up with four 10-barrel fermenters coupled with vintage Porter Lancastrian conditioning tanks, and a large Fulton gas fired steam boiler to generate high pressure steam which heats the vessels used in the brewing process. See their Twitter feed - twitter.com/reunionales
  4. Budweiser Stag Brewery (Previously Watneys) located in Mortlake, West London is now run by Anheuser-Busch brewmasters. The Brewery produces Budweiser, Michelob, Michelob ULTRA and Bud Ice and packaged for the UK market (in vast quantities!). The Company has now closeed this site and sold it to Developers.
  5. ODDLY is a small batch brewery located in Unit 12, Platt’s Eyot, Lower Sunbury Road, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 2HF
    oddlybeer.com/
  6. Beer Brewing Company located in Unit 505, Platt’s Eyot, Lower Sunbury Road, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 2HF

The last local brewery in recent history was the Isleworth Brewery Company Limited, 1866 - 1920. This brewery was originally Farnell and Watson's and later in 1923 became Watney Combe Reid & Co. It was reduced to a bottling store in 1958. Evidence of this once long gone local brewery can still be seen in the etched glass of The London Apprentice, Isleworth. The Greyhound, W12 also contain tiling and ornaments from its former Isleworth Brewery owners. A metal post footing outside The Prince of Wales, Twickenham, also suggest a link to the this brewery as does a glass window advertising 'Isleworth Ales' at the Queen's Head in Brook Green, Hammersmith.


The following news stories and Pub History web sites may be of interest:

The Lost Pubs Project - www.closedpubs.co.uk
Brief History of the Pub
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3692569.stm
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3040642.stm
Pub History Society - www.pubhistory.freeserve.co.uk/phs/

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