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The Plough

 


The Plough, Navestock Heath, Navestock, Romford, Essex, RM4 1HD was closed several years ago, and is now a private dwelling. It last changed hands in August 2005, but I am sure it has been closed since the late 1990s.

It is situated on its own in the middle of Navestock Heath.

When I first used it in the late 1960s, the gents toilet was outside, and similar to other country pubs, the sloping roof stopped short so the rainwater would run into the urinal to wash it. A sad loss, as it was a lovely place to visit for a drink.It is still shown by name on Internet map sites.

Source: Philip Gaskin

Where do I start re memories of this pub.
I was taken there when I was 1 month old. My mum and dad had been going there since 1947. They were members of the Ilford Road club. Which was a cycling club. The pub was a well known stop for cycling clubs. Jack Murphy the tenant, I believe was there just before the war. He use to put on cycling club teas, in a room to the left of the main bar area as you walked in.
I have got pictures of the cycling club at the pub here, from those days.
When I was young we had many picnics on Navestock Heath in front of the pub. And I was frequently taken out there with my brother in the 1960's during summer evenings. We played cricket on the heath and me and my brother had orange squash, whilst mum and dad had something a little stronger. I always liked the big Arrow Root biscuits, which were 1 (old) penny each. As the years went on they got smaller.
There were always many many young families out at the Plough in the summer evenings in the 1960's and 1970's. It was a lovely location with the heath in front.
In the 1960's my father was a member of a club and they use to arrange a meeting out there once a year in the 1960's, just as the cycling club did in the 1940's, they hired the small room on the left.
Then there was the time my father decided to fly a kite from the heath, but it got caught in the power lines. But he managed to get it down.
Jack Murphy and his wife retired from the Plough in about 1981.
My dad told me that Jack had kept the pub virtually as it was when he took it over, as it had not appeared to have changed since my dad started going there in the late 1940's.
Yes many nice memories of the Plough of Navestock.
Peter Herring
I worked at the Plough in the early 60's. Jack was the landlord and Nora his wife. Sad to find out it is no longer in existence.
I have some fond memories of summers at the Plough and Jack and Nora. At the time I lived at Harold Hill. I left England in 1973 to travel and made it as far as New Zealand. Spent a few months working and decided to stay. Best decision I ever made.
John Lamb (April 2013)

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