Hassrale Trips: Ladywell

Date: Thursday 13th April 1989

Ladywell is named after a spring discovered in 1472 which was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was hence our lady's well. The well was reputedly sited underneath what has now become the access road to the station; original coping stones still can be seen around a flower bed in front of the Ladywell Centre (formerly Ladywell swimming baths).

Trains run from Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge at the following times:-

Train Timetable
Cannon St 1706 1728 1748 1806
Charing X 1716 1736 1756
Waterloo E. 1719 1739 1759
London Br. 1710 1724 1732 1752 1804 1810
Ladywell 1720 1734 1744 1751 1804 1814 1820

Trains return to London at 27 and 57 minutes past the hour calling at London Bridge (10 mins), Waterloo East (14 mins) and Charing Cross (17 mins).

When leaving the station turn left pass the Freemasons Arms (To be sampled later) and a hundred yards further on is ...

1. LADYWELL TAVERN - 80 Ladywell Road [18.15]
Beers: Charrington IPA and BASS

This is a large two-bar pub with plenty of seating although it gets very popular later on in the evening. Sited almost opposite the now legendary Ladywell Tandoori .

Retrace your steps till you reach the .. .

2. FREEMASONS ARMS - 38 Ladywell Road [19.00]
Beers: Courage Directors and Best

A two bar corner local near to the original site of the afore mentioned well.(I hope the landlord isn't using the well to water the beer !). Supposedly haunted by a previous landlord.

On leaving the Freemason's Arms continue along the main road over the railway, past the park and the "Old" swimming baths continuing on till you reach the main road, turn left and your at the ...

3. FOX AND FIRKIN - 316 Lewisham High Street [19.45]
Beers: Dogbolter, Fox, Vixen, + Guests

A midsummer Inns (Formerly Bruce's Brewery) home brew pub. Besides the house beers, usually has at least 2 or 3 Guests. Food available (although not trialled). Also has a pulpit and several pews for those more spiritually minded (or should that be Spirit minded). Live "music" starts at 20.30 so do not dally too long!

When you leave the Fox and Firkin cross the road to the "New" swimming baths, turn left past the Baths and take the first turning on the right. Continue up this road and there will be a narrow pedestrian passage in front of you. Continue up this passage and you will find ...

4. SIR JOHN MORDEN - 62 Campshill Road [20.30]
Beers: Charrington IPA

Friendly locals' pub with a definite Irish flavour. Look out for the collection of brass ornaments above the bar. This is another pub which has live music but thankfully only on Friday and Saturday nights. Bar snacks available.

Retrace your steps to the main road and turn left past the baths and about 200 yards along on the left hand side is ...

5. COACH AND HORSES - 323 Lewisham High Street [21.15]
Beers: Brakspear Bitter, Wethered Bitter and Greene King Abbot

Large two bar pub which was a former Coaching Inn, unfortunately very popular with the younger locals. There may be trouble finding a seat.

On leaving the Coach and Horses turn left and cross the road at the crossing and just on the left of you will see .. .

6. JOLLY FARMERS - 354 Lewisham High Street [22.00]
Beers: Fremlins Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Flowers Original and Greene King Abbot

Last, but, not least a popular and friendly long single bar pub and probably the best en route. CAUTION any members using the toilets should beware the darts.

To return to Ladywell Station turn left when leaving the Jolly Farmers and left again when you reach the traffic lights. Alter- natively there is a short cut through the cemetry but this is not advisable- for the lone traveller.

Some members may wish to go for an Indian meal in which case the afore-mentioned Ladywell Tandoori is strongly recommended.

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