Hassrale Trips: Limehouse

Date: Tuesday 31st July 1990

Limehouse, famous for it's Chinese community, and the low life described in Charles Dickens novels, took its name from the lime trees which grew in the area. Clement Atlee, Prime Minister and MP for Limehouse, had his headquarters in Norway Place in the 1920's. The nearest stations are Limehouse on the Fenchurch Street main line and the Docklands station.

The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving each pub.

Turn right out of the station, right into Commercial Road, cross at the traffic lights, turn sharp left down Flamborough St (closed to traffic) and on the right is.

1. Queens Head - 8 Flamborough St (18.30)

Beers: Youngs Bitter & Special

A grade 2 listed building. One of only two Young's pubs in Tower Hamlets. Situated in a conservation area, popular with conserved locals. Darts.

Walk back to Commercial Road, turn left and on the left is

2. Crown - 667 Commercial Road (19.15)

Beers: Websters Yorkshire Bitter, Theakstons Bitter (not on the night of the trial)

Former Ind Coope pub, now a free house. Strong local trade. Darts and pool. Has clever wood panels on bar.

Turn right out of the pub, cross at the lights, turn left down Branch Road, left into the Highway, right at the end and opposite the end is

3. Barley Mow - 44 Narrow St (20.00)

Beers: Taylor Walker Bitter, Tetleys Bitter, Youngs Special

The pub lies at the entrance to the Limehouse basin and so has tremendous river views from outside and inside. Taylor Walker converted the pub from an original Dockmaster's office. Taylor Walker first started brewing at Limehouse in 1730. And 100 years ago, a new Barley Mow brewery was constructed only a stones throw from the pub. Watch the river buses. They are just like London Transport buses, none for ages then 3 following each other. Varied food menu but expensive.

Now follows the first of two long walks on this trip.

Right out of the pub, walk all the way along, left into West Ferry Road, cross at the crossing, right into West India Dock Road, just before the Docklands Bridge turn left, the next pub is on the right.

4. Cartys - 72 Poplar High St. (20.45)

Beer: Youngs Special

Formerly the Green Man. Maps establish that this pub existed in 1802. It was rebuilt in 1904 and again in 1940. This latter rebuild moved the pub from the west corner of Dolphin Lane across the road to the present day east side. Rather down at heel. Very subdued for a Friday night.

Turn left out of the pub, turn right into Saltwell Road, on the corner of East India Dock Road is

5. Phoenix - 104 East India Dock Road (21.30)

Beers: Ind Coope Burton Ale, Tetleys Best Bitter

Small L-shaped bar. Noisy and full of young people. Drinking area outside where you can watch and hear the heavy traffic go by.

Now comes the longest walk of the trip but you do end up in a pub just round the corner to Mile End underground station.

Cross the road, turn left, then right into Duckett Road, turn right just before the end and on the corner of Eric St. is

6. Wentworth Arms - 127 Eric St. (22.15)

Beer: Charrington IPA

Earl of Cleveland, Lord of the Manor of Stepney, held most of Stepney Manor until 1720. Friendly Irish pub.

Mile End underground station is just round the corner and is on the District and Circle lines.

Survey Team: Dave Saffery, Barbara Waby, Reg Wright

Survey Date: Friday 15th June 1990

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