Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1863

(Name from)

Brockley Jack

Open 2019+

410 Brockley Road (Lane)


020 8699 3966

Brockley Jack painting 1868

Above painting 1868.

Brockley jack painting pre 1880

Above painting by Mr. Corcoran, pre 1880.

brockley Jack painting 1885

Above painting 1885.

brockley Jack painting 1897

Above painting by Philip Norman 1897.

Brockley Jack painting 1898

Above painting signed G. C. 1898.

Brockley Jack painting

Above painting, date unknown, kindly sent by John Lagos.

Brockley Jack postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

Brockley Jack painting

Above painting, date unknown.

Brockley Jack

Above photo, pre 1898.

Old Brockley Jack

Above photo showing the old "Brockley Jack" pre 1898. Kindly sent by Abba Seraphim.

Old Brockley Jack

Above photo showing the old "Brockley Jack" pre 1898. Kindly sent by Abba Seraphim.

Brockley Jack 2016

Above photo, 2016, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Brockley Jack sign 2015Brockley Jack sign 2018

Above sign left 2015, sign right 2018, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Brockley Jack 2019

Above photo 2019.


The "Castle Inn" later became the "Brockley Jack" and was rebuilt around 1897. The Victorian pub stands on the same site in what is now Brockley Road but then was Brockley Lane.

Originally built as a coaching inn, and the building standing today dates from 1898.

Ex-Courage, from 1994, Magic Pub Co from 1996, Greene King refurbished in 2013.

A whale's shoulder bone used to be the pub sign.

The Jack Studio Theatre at rear has been here since the 1990s, see its website


From  Monday, 7 March, 2016.

The end of the (old) Brockley Jack.

The current Brockley Jack pub dates back to 1898 and replaced an older building demolished not long before. The pub had actually only been known by that name since 1863 - prior to that it was called The Castle. It is described in Walter Besant's London South of the Thames (published 1912, but written in the 1890s):- 'on the west side of the road is the Brockley Jack public-house. It was named after Jack Cade and was formerly frequented by Dick Turpin and other highway-men, and is a good specimen of the English wayside tavern of the last century. The taproom and the whole architecture of the place with its old buildings are curious, and the sign nailed to the stump of an old elm in the yard is painted on a mammoth's bone which was dug up in the railway cutting behind the house. The Croydon Canal was acquired by the Croydon Railway in 1836, and it was in deepening this that the bones, of which the sign is one, were found. The old farm south of this inn will soon be built over, and houses are already appearing in the lane to Honor Oak, but most of the ground is still pasture' (Jack Cade was a leader of the 1450 Kentish uprising).

The demolition of the old building was opposed by some, as indicated by this report from the Illustrated London News, 16 October 1897:-

Judging by the number of paintings made of the old pub, it was something of an iconic building.

From the Illustrated London News, 16 October, 1897.


Brockley Jack painting

The vandal is generally more inclined to spare a public-house than he is to spare a church but it is the old "Jack Inn" at Brockley, in Kent, that is now marked down for demolition. Many a cyclist following the course of the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway from London Bridge will miss the welcome which the inn continued to give from the old world; but the growth of suburban London is imperious in its demands. Brockley is within the Parliamentary borough of Deptford; but the little boundaries and isolations of London are rapidly disappearing in that direction, and much beside the "Jack Inn" will disappear ere long in front of London’s immense army of occupation.


From The Stage, 1 November, 1990.


The Story Of The Irrepressible Brockley Jack.

THIS original play, which apparently evolved through improvisation, takes its inspiration from the tale of a highwayman who was supposed to have hanged himself in the pub reputedly named after him (Brockley Castle Inn) in the 1720s.

Written, with thanks to Geoff Bullen, by actor Michael Carroll, Brockley Jack ambitiously claims to question whether violence and criminal activity can only be blamed on harsh economic conditions. But once I had worked out the confusing medley of characters, played by the four actors, all sense of this sociological discovery was lost. To its credit, however, this powerful drama, conveyed the brutality of a London dependent on a system of paid informers, rather than the police, to control crime.

Insisting that good must triumph at all costs, Carroll conveys his particularly nasty bit of unsubtle criminal work with vehemence, pulling off The Blind Magistrate with slightly more charm. Al Gregg, as the boy to a man (from animal butcher to butchery on the highway), Brockley Jack, musters up a combination of aggression and self pity as well as a gentle portrayal of satiric artist Hogarth. Jenny Rowan, dressed to kill and thrill, plays Fielding's daughter and accomplice tramp/vamp parts with certain regard for the period. Jonathan Wilde makes up the quartet with a sturdy performance.

Although set in Restoration England, I would say the production, despite the suitable style of clothing, loses out by ignoring the language of that day - and the proper way to hold a fan! Yet the time warp element is perhaps more experimental than detrimental and is a good kick start for this new company, the London Ensemble. Shame about Bridge Lane’s no grant future though.

Pauline Loriggio.


Brockley Jack

Above photo showing the new "Brockley Jack" post 1898. Kindly sent by Abba Seraphim.

Brockley Jack 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900.

Brockley Jack 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905. Obviously a coloured version of the one above.



BAKER J 1862+

STURGESS John 1866+

STUART Robert 1874+

MARCHANT James 1881+ (age 28 in 1881Census)

MARCHANT William 1882+

LAW James 1891+ (age 42 in 1891Census)

DIPPLE Harry Arthur 1901-21+ (age 24 in 1901Census)

HOWLETT Victor E 1938+

ALLEN Fred 1948+




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