Sort file:- Woolwich, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 2010

Dial Arch

Open 2020+

Major Draper Street

Royal Arsenal Riverside


020 3130 0700

Dial Arch 2017

Above photo, 2017.

Dial Arch 2016

Above photo 3 March 2016, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.

Dial Arch inside 2010

Above photo 2010, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.

Dial Arch 2017

Above photo showing inside of pub, 2017.

Dial Arch inside 2017

Above photo showing inside of pub, 2017.

Dial Arch 2017

Above photo showing inside of pub, 2017.

Dial Arch sign 2017

Above sign 2017.


The "Dial Arch" is housed in a Grade 2 listed building that was formerly a munitions building. The brick warehouse is fronted by two pillars, each supporting a pyramid of cannonballs, and a magnificent sundial dated 1764, hence the pub name. The Arsenal football club was founded just yards away, and the nearby Crossrail station which should open opens in 2018.

At the back of the archway a 3-centre arched cast-iron beam, dated 1780 at one end and inscribed with the names of former Inspectors of Artillery and of the Royal Brass Foundry between 1797 and 1855. Linking 3-bay sections have 2 segmental-arched sashes with thin glazing bars, the inner bays have an inner doorway and overlight, the outer ones with a central round-arched window and flanking flat-headed 6/6-pane sashes. End gabled bays have 2 sashes and a round-arched frieze beneath the gable and a smaller segmental-arched attic window. Rubbed brick heads to 6/6-pane C19 sashes. Rear altered, the 3 E bays open with late C19 cast-iron columns.

HISTORY: With the Royal Brass Foundry and the Board Room, part of the expansion of the Arsenal when the Board of Ordnance moved gun founding to Woolwich, and known as the Great Pile. Originally fronted a double courtyard range of buildings, the inner Grand Square was for turning, washing, engraving and smitheries, the rear Basin Square having armourers' shops and accommodation. It contained horse-powered cannon-boring equipment, to which cannon cast at the nearby Royal Foundry were sent. Graded for its significance in marking an important phase in the development of the C18 and C19 factory.


From the By Liam McInerney, 21st August 2019.

Knifeman who tried to enter Dial Arch pub in Woolwich arrested.

Man in his 30s arrested on suspicion of having an offensive weapon.

An alleged knifeman has been arrested after he reportedly tried to enter a pub in Woolwich last night to the horror of customers.

The suspected knifeman was supposedly causing trouble at the Dial Arch pub in Woolwich and police were contacted at around 10pm.

A police spokesman told News Shopper they arrived at the boozer on No.1 street before being directed to Draper Street nearby.

He added: "A man in his 30s was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and taken to an east London station.

"A knife was found nearby."

We understand nobody was injured and that police are continuing their investigation.

News Shopper contacted the Dial Arch but was told that the pub would not be commenting on the incident.




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