OUR HISTORY

Courtesy of Crouch End Forum.

"A once ubiquitous but increasingly rare example of London suburban inter-war public houses, Charrington’s Railway Tavern of 1937 is in familiar half-timbered brewers’ Tudor. Possibly by Charringtons architect Sidney C Clark, the exterior is intact, with an interior somewhat altered.

It replaced a nineteenth century pub of the same name owned by Hoare & Co, when this section of Crouch End Hill was cleared to make way for the Mountview Telephone Exchange (opened 1938, since partially rebuilt). The pub is named after the nearby now-disused railway and Crouch End station."

We have also had local residents who have been in touch regarding their family who were previous owners. They have kindly provided us with some incredible photos and background. Our many thanks to Monica Hennighan.

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Original appearance, image : National Brewery Centre. Photo taken by the Charrington Brewery during an architectural survey of their pubs.

"My Grandparents used to own The Railway Tavern in Crouch End in the 50’s and early 60’s. They were Joseph and Margaret (Madge) Hennighan. Here you can see a photo of their old business cards."

This old photo is of my family outside of The Railway Tavern.
Back row: Dad, Grandad, Uncle Richard
Front row: Granny, Aunt Margaret, Aunt Tassy
It was taken at the Saloon entrance (side one) as there used to be two separate bars: the saloon and the public bar. The public bar entrance was on Crouch End Road and my Mother says that every afternoon students from the Crouch End School of Art used to come in. She can still remember the exact layout of the upstairs accommodation.