Railway Tavern

Pub in/near Westferry, existed between the 1840s and 1989

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Pub · Westferry · E14 ·
JANUARY
9
2020

The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.

The pub lay beside a railway bridge on the corner of Garford Street and close to the gates of the West India Dock.

It was built around 1840 and was greatly extended in 1919.

Charlie Brown, the landlord between 1893 until 1932, hosted in his pub a museum of curiosities gathered from all over the world, brought by seaman sailing to and from the docks. The majority of items in the collection were from the Far East and Pacific. Charlie Brown would pay for any interesting items not already in his collection.

Charlie was a flamboyant character who, alongside being a publican, kept a stable of horses and would ride along the West and East India Dock Roads in riding gear.

Charlie died in 1932 at the age of 72 and his funeral was a renowned East End occasion.

On his death, Charlie Brown’s daughter Ethel took over the Railway Tavern until 1936.

His son - also called Charlie Brown - took over the Blue Posts, directly opposite. In 1938, he moved to South Woodford to a pub which he named Charlie Brown’s, located on the intersection of the North Circular Road with the Southend Road. In 1972 this pub was demolished when the roundabout was enlarged. The roundabout is still commonly referred to as Charlie Brown’s Roundabout.

Meanwhile, the Limehouse Railway Tavernwas formally renamed as Charlie Brown’s in 1972. It was demolished in November 1989 during construction of the Limehouse Link tunnel.


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Poplar (1910)
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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91-97 Three Colt Street, Limehouse (1923) Assuming this was photographed just before demolition as the supporting prop looks dodgy. The greengrocer is using a pram as a market stall.
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Two unidentified girls, with tobacconist in the background on Emmett Street, Limehouse (1952)
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Limehouse Causeway photographed in November 1936. The street was the home to the original Chinatown of London. A combination of bomb damage during the Second World War and later redevelopment means that almost nothing is left of the original buildings.
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Castor Street Chinese Laundry, Limehouse While Chinese laundries first began to appear in Britain in Liverpool at the turn of the 20th century, one of the first in London was that run by Hop Lee in Castor Street. The Chinese moved into laundries as they were often denied other business opportunities. They were often successful because they offered a cheaper and better quality service than existing laundries.
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Rook Street, Poplar decorated with flags, shrines and a banner in preparation for a Catholic procession, September 1914.
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A line of Vauxhall cars in front of an old masonry warehouse awaiting export shipment at West India Dock on 12 June 1935.
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