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Earliest 1998

New Cross Turnpike

Open 2020+

55 Belle Grove Road


020 8304 1600

Newcross Truenpike 2008

Above photo 2008, by Steve Thoroughgood.

Newcross Turnpike 2008

Above photo 2008, by Steve Thoroughgood.

New Cross Turnpike 2018

Above photo 2018.


Owned by Wetherspoons, and takes its name from its location on the New Cross Turnpike. This was one of the many private roads, built in the late 17th and 18th century, which charged a toll to their users.

A plaque documenting the history of The New Cross Turnpike reads:- Theses licensed premises are situated on the Roman road London to Dover, known as Watling Street. In the early 18th century, the newly formed New Cross Turnpike Trust repaired the road and, until 1865, charged a toll for its use. At that time, along this section of the road, there were market gardens and several houses. By the late 1930s, swathes of new housing covered both sides, although the old numbers 53, 55 and 57 remains. One was the home and practice of the physician and surgeon Miss Mary Love. By 1970, they had been replaced. The new number 55 was a NatWest bank and became a Wetherspoon free house in 1998.


From the 31st August 2015, By Josie Griffiths.

Nearly 100 firefighters tackle Welling pub blaze.

Nearly 100 firefighters were tackling a blaze at a pub in Welling - which seven people escaped uninjured.

London Fire Brigade were called to the fire on Bellegrove Road at 9.24am yesterday (Aug 31) - whilst Met Police were also on the scene.

The Newcross Turnpike, a Wetherspoon pub, was partially destroyed in the blaze, with a Wetherspoon spokesman confirming it will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The blaze was finally brought under control at 1.17pm - although fire crews remained on the scene dampening down the building.

Half of the pub's first floor and a large section of the pub's roof was alight.

New Cross Turnpike fire 2015

Fire in Welling at The Weatherspoons pub right next to our house! Scary stuff!!

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "The fire at The New Cross Turnpike is currently being investigated by the Fire Brigade and Wetherspoon.

"The most important factor is that no one was injured as a result of the fire.

"We would like to thank the firefighters for their sterling work and also applaud the duty manager and his staff for ensuring that staff and customers were evacuated safely.

Picture: June Fraser.

"At present there is no date for the reopening of the pub.

"All staff at the pub will be employed at other Wetherspoon pubs in the area."

Marne Avenue resident Gemma Cussens told News Shopper: "I could see the smoke two streets back from my bedroom window.

"It was scary seeing a fire so close to home.

New Cross Turnpike fire 2015

Picture: Nigel Betts.

"The fire was quite big and massive flames were coming from the back of the pub, along with loads of grey smoke."

The 24-year-old added: "It must of been a bad fire as the firemen were there for a good few hours.

"My friend works in the pub, but luckily wasn't there that day.

"I will have to find a new local for a while."

New Cross Turnpike fire 2015

Picture: Nigel Betts.

Station manager Martin Freeman, who was at the scene, said: "Staff at the pub had a lucky escape as they heard the smoke alarm sound, left the pub and alerted the Brigade.

"I can’t stress how important smoke alarms are, you should have one on every floor of your property and test them regularly.

"Thanks to the alarm, seven members of staff were able to leave the building in good time but had they not had an early warning there could have been a very different outcome.”

Some 15 fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms are at the scene - from stations including East Greenwich, Plumstead, Erith, Lee Green, Eltham, Deptford and Bexley.

The cause of the fire is potentially suspicious, and now under investigation.

Bellegrove Road was closed whilst emergency services tackle the blaze - with motorists warned to expect delays.


These premises were refurbished by JD Wetherspoon and reopened in February 2016.




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