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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest June 1837

(Name from)

Trafalgar Tavern

Open 2020+

28 Park Row (Crane Street 1866)

Greenwich

020 8858 2909

http://www.trafalgartavern.co.uk/

https://whatpub.com/trafalgar-tavern

Trafalgar Tavern 1840

Above print, 1840, showing the "Trafalgar Tavern" to the left of the Royal Naval Hospital.

Trafalgar Tavern

Above photo, date unknown.

Trafalgar Tavern

Above postcard, date unknown.

Trafalgar 1937

Above photo, 1937.

Trafalgar Tavern 1946

Above photo, 1946.

Trafalgar Tavern painting

Above painting, date unknown.

Trafalgar Tavern 2006

Above photo 2006 by Dave Patten Creative Commons Licence.

Trafalgar Tavern

Photos taken from http://www.flickr.com by Matt Martin, in March 2007.

Lord nelson outside the Trafalgar

Photos taken from http://www.flickr.com by Matt Martin, in March 2007. Showing Lord Nelson.

 

The "Trafalgar Hotel," situated on the Thames-side at Greenwich, was built in 1830, and was later immortalised by Dickens in Our Mutual Friend on account of its famous whitebait dinners. The last of these historic banquets was held by the Liberals in 1868 and became known as the "Ministerial Fish Dinner." Its career as an hotel ceased in 1915, when the Admiralty took it over for Government purposes. However, it appears to be thriving again for its original purpose.

https://youtu.be/BzvWDuFMmB8

The above information says the premises was built in 1830, but further research tells me that previous to 1836 it was known as the "Old George" and that this building was demolished to make way for this one circa 1837.

The building was briefly used as an unemployment centre just prior to WW2 where for the price of 1d unemployed men could pass the time by attending classes, play football or have their shoes repaired and a meal.

 

London Courier and Evening Gazette, Tuesday 27 June 1837.

Greenwich. Trafalgar Tavern.

The "Old George Tavern" and other houses adjoining having been removed, and a new, commodious, and convenient house built on the site thereof, with extensive frontage towards the river, and thereof called the "Trafalgar Tavern."

Charles Hart (from the "Albion," Aldersgate Street,) respectfully begs to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry, and Public that this splendid new house is now open for the reception; where large and small parties can be accommodated with diners &c. in a comfortable and superior manner, and wines of a quality that cannot be surpassed, on terms, he flatters himself, that will ensure the approbation of the public. An excellent Coffee-room; and White Bait in perfection. Coach-yard and stabling.

 

Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 1 December 1840.

Marriage. November 19th.

Mr Charles Hart, of the "Trafalgar Tavern," Greenwich, to Henrietta Anne Marie, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel Rassell, Stockwell Street, Greenwich.

 

Morning Advertiser, Thursday 31 January 1839.

Building materials of Three Houses, Greenwich.

By Mr. Herne, tomorrow, February 1st, at 11, on the premises, adjoining the "Trafalgar Tavern," Greenwich, Kent.

The materials of three houses, in lots, to be taken down to enlarge the tavern, consisting of slates, pantiles, rafters, joists, girders, floorboards, sashes and frames, mahogany circular sashes, wainscoting, marble chimney pieces, panelled and glass doors, a four motion beer machine, pewter liquor beer machine, counter covered with pewter, sitters and benches, sinks, brickwork, York paving, lead, iron, and a variety of other materials. May be viewed the morning of sale, catalogues had on the premises and of the auctioneer, No. 33, Lombard Street, and No. 172, High Street, Shadwell.

 

The Era, Sunday 19 May 1839.

Lewis v. Hart.

This was an action to recover £10 for the repair of a cab, which it was alleged had been damaged through the negligence of the defendant's servant. The plaintiff was formerly a sheriff's officer, and the defendant is proprietor of the "Trafalgar Tavern," at Greenwich. The damage was said to have occurred while the cab was under the charge of defendant's ostler in the stables of the "Trafalgar Tavern;" but the evidence not being conclusive, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant.

 

Kentish Gazette 01 December 1840.

MARRIAGE.

Nov. 19, Mr. Charles Hart, of the "Trafalgar Inn," Greenwich, to Henrietta Anne Maria, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel Russell, Stockwell-street, Greenwich.

 

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 18 February, 1860.

VOLUNTEER RIFLE CORPS BALL.

It is the intention of the members of the Greenwich and Deptford Company of Volunteer Rifles to celebrate the formation of the corps by a grand ball, which is fixed to take place on Wednesday, the 29th instant, at the “Trafalgar Hotel.” Among the stewards are the representatives for West Kent and Greenwich, Mr. A. R. Bristow, M.P. Mr. Edwin James, &c. &c.

From the https://www.newsshopper.co.uk By Pubspy, 15th August 2018.

PubSpy is back and reviewing the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich.

Well, it’s been a while. After months of laying off the booze and being no happier for it, I’ve reunited with my one true love – the great British pub.

And I couldn’t have picked a better setting to rekindle my love affair; at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, on the River Thames, at sunset.

Mind you, it was a bit harder to enjoy the setting as I wrestled to lift my pint glass off the sticky table, but I digress.

I ended up switching tables halfway through my visit because a group of tipsy customers were having far too much fun on the table next to me. I always say: The best way to enjoy a pint is alone, preferably in a quiet corner.

If you were wondering, my pint glass stuck to the second table too - consistency is key.

The staff didn't grumble when I got up to move and they were perfectly friendly. Largely they left me alone to enjoy my pint in peace, which is exactly how I like it.

All in all, there’s no arguing with the beautiful décor. It’s been jazzed up a bit in a recent makeover but keeps its original features and paintings.

The light pink painted walls brightened the place up a bit and the loos are pretty swanky, which I didn’t expect.

I was impressed by the draught selection too – not necessarily enormous but a bit different to what you’d normally expect.

I was tempted by the Pilsner on offer, as well as an IPA I had never heard of (and couldn’t pronounce) but in the end I went for a good old Staropramen.

At just under a fiver, I dealt with the price. Not exceptionally cheap, but with a view like the one I had, I couldn’t complain.

Having said that, they were also expecting customers to shell out £6.50 for a pint of Rekorderlig, which is daylight robbery – or sunset robbery, as the case may have been.

I realised after a short while why the rowdy group of people enjoying themselves had felt so intrusive – at 7 o’clock in the evening, there was no music. None. Just me alone with my thoughts.

I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that.

After ordering a burger to soak up the Czech lager (trying to drink responsibly these days) I waited for some time to be a bit disappointed. But it did the job.

Would I go back to the Tavern? Probably. It’s hard to say no to that location, but I think next time I’ll sit outside and opt for a kebab on the way home.

Décor: *** They’ve done it up nicely

Drink: ***** You cannot go wrong with a Czech beer

Price: *** For heaven’s sake, don’t be the person that pays £6.50 for a Rekorderlig

Atmosphere: *** I fail to understand why they couldn't stick on a Phil Collins LP at the very least

Staff: **** Quiet but friendly

Food: ** Burger was a bit tough. That's all I'll say.

Overall: ***

 

From the https://londonnewsonline.co.uk  By James Twomey, 13th March 2019.

Pub removed wall without permission.

Trafalgar Tavern inside 2019

A 182-year-old Grade-II listed pub has had a wall removed in the middle of the building without the owners asking for planning permission.

Management of the Trafalgar Tavern in Park Row, East Greenwich – erected in honour of Lord Nelson’s famous naval victory – ripped out the partition to create an open plan room just before Christmas. But the move has infuriated conservationists and residents.

Zachary Osborne, conservation adviser from the Georgian Group, said: “The case is certainly very concerning.

“The recent works, which appear to have involved the removal of original internal subdivisions, have had a significant harmful impact on the character of the building, and the legibility of its original plan form and would certainly have required listed building consent.

“Regardless of whether any of the decorative finishes date to the post-war period, the lack of due process, oversight, and the entirely modern character of the present open-plan arrangement is unacceptable.”

Resident and pub user Chris Hales said he was horrified at the changes.

He said: “I love that pub. It’s a great pub. I wish it hadn’t happened.

“Before Christmas, the middle partition wall was removed and changed into an open plan. “The intricate plasterwork is gone and so is the historic look of nearly 200 years.

“It’s the centre of a heritage site and I’m amazed it could be done. It shouldn’t be done with or without permission. We are eating away at historic parts of Greenwich.”

A Greenwich council spokeswoman said: “Council officials visited the Trafalgar Tavern to identify what works had been carried out.

“Since the visit, our officers have been in communication with the owner and his planning agent, and we are waiting to receive a regularisation application for the work that has been carried out.”

A regularisation application can be made to the council after work is taken out to request permission from the council. Despite repeated requests, management of the pub have failed to make a comment.

 

LICENSEE LIST

HART Charles June/1837-58+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

LEWIS Alfred James 1866-71+ (age 35 in 1871Census)

MARSHALL Robert 1874+

DOWSING J C 1882+

D'AMIRAL George 1896-1908+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/TrafalgarHotel.shtml

 

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