Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Town pubs we have known and loved

ALAN BULPIN has been in touch about our story last week about Brakspear’s plan to convert the old Rose and Crown pub in New Street, Henley, into a house.

He says it reminded him of a conversation he had with his father-in-law Malcolm Russell on Christmas morning about the many pubs that Henley has had over the years.

Alan, a former Gillotts School and Henley College student who now lives in Leicestershire, says: “Malcolm, who lives in Sonning Common, was born in Henley in 1928 and worked for the Henley brewery for six years and for the post office for 24 so is well placed to comment on the pubs of the town.”

The pair came up this impressive list of past and present Henley pubs: The Old White Horse, The Sun, The Pack Horse, The Bear, The Horse and Groom, The Rose and Crown, The Red Cross, The Little White Hart, The Red Lion, The Little Angel, The Two Brewers, The Carpenter’s Arms, The Angel, The Olde White Hart, The Catharine Wheel, The Bell, The Bull, The King’s Arms, The Queen Victoria, The Basketmakers, The Red Cow, The Row Barge, The Queen’s Head, The Duke’s Head, Ye Olde Lion, The Anchor, The Royal Hotel, The Imperial, The Wheatsheaf, The Three Horseshoes, The Jolly Waterman, The Three Tons, The Argyll, The Royal Oak, The Bird in Hand, The Oddfellows, The Saracen’s Head, The Swan and the A E Hobbs.

Well done, sirs! If other readers can remember the names of other pubs or who have some interesting stories about those that have long gone, please get in touch.

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