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The Hops Exchange, Southwark, London by tmrother

Beer was and is an important part of English life. This is clear, when you see this impressive curved Hops Exchange building in Southwark. It is elegant from outside and inside. Designed by R.H. Moore (not Royal Highness) in 1867, it served the brewing industry. It’s glass roof provide natural light on the tiled trading floor. There were also similar grand buildings in London for Coal, Metal and Stock Exchanges, but WWII bombings, fires and ignorance left only the Hops Exchange and Leather Exchange still standing today. Paradoxically the Hops Exchange never really took of and by 1903 major tenant was J. Lyons -a wine company, which moved out in 1972. Today the offices are rented out to various boring businesses such as real estate and recruiting with the exception of Katzenjammers – a German style Bierkeller.

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A postcard from New Cross Inn, Deptford by tmrother

An old postcard from the late 1940’s, received from my Deptford friend Joseph, when he just crossed the Channel and rented a small 10’x 10′ dark room in the Inn. He was of course freezing in the so called English summer, but the heating required a Shilling to be put in the slot.
The shower down the corridor was also coin operated, so he would used the bucket in the yard. At least beer was cheap in those good old days. He was working in the ‘Deptford Royal Dockyards’, where majority of Deptford men was slavering. The dockyard (renamed Convoys) closed around 1975 leaving him penniless. He opened a Fish and Chips stand on High Street (using Thames River fish only) a prospered. Most of his customer died slowly from the heavy metal content of the fish, but on the bright site, he always got new customers. As Deptford gentrified, he said the heck with tradition and started a ‘Joshi Sushi’ (using the same source for the fish). He now owns the New Cross Inn and several houses in the neighbourhood. The moral of the story? Fish is good for you! Interestingly, Deptford population steadily declined after 1975….

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The Marquis would probably be amused. Deptford. by tmrother

The Marquis of Granby is traditional Irish pub. It serves Guinness and of course selection of other beers. I just had a peak in after I took the photo. Bit dark, moderately busy, football on screens.
John Manners, Eton educated Marquis of Granby, was an 18th-century army general. His drinking and gambling was well known, so naming a pub after him makes sense and he would be pleased. There was a pub on this spot since 1760, but this building is here from 1868. This intersection is in the heart and historical origin of Deptford. If you do not like this one, do not worry; there is a pub just down the street ‘The Royal Albert’ (1848) or the ‘New Cross Inn’ (1675?). The rumours of DEATH of the English pub have been greatly exaggerated.

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