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Kings Head

Picture source: Hania Franek


 
This was a pub in the south west corner of Market Place. The site is occupied by shops although a bit of the frontage survives on Savers chemist shop. Although I have no memories of this pub myself a late friend of mine did tell me about drinking there in the 1960's. This pub dates back to 1678 and was rebuilt in 1898. A new Kings Head was built in 1971 at 26 The Liberty. part of the Liberty Shopping Centre.
Source: Colin Price
 
I remember very well, my dad taking me into the off licence part of the Kings Head pub one evening in about 1964. He was buying some drinks to take home, and I wanted some crisps. I can vividly remember looking through the rear door of the off licence room into one of the bars, it was packed with drinkers, and was quite smoky too. I was only 9 then.
The building did remain empty well into the 1970's. There was a large hall at the back of the pub called the Kings Head Hall. It was used for many gatherings it its life. I never did visit the Birdcage, when I was old enough to visit pubs.
Peter Herring
I remember going to see bands at the Kings Head in the late 1960ís, such as Deep Purple and Quintessence.
Sylvia Burdon
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day I was looking through my fatherís Squadron commemorative book and found pictures of a party put on by the Romford Rotarians for the Officers of his Squadron on January 6,1944 at the Kings Head. His Worship the Mayor attended. Iím guessing it was held in the big back room that you describe. This was the 557th Bombardment Squadron (M) AAF that flew out of RAF Chipping Ongar, known as AAF-162. It was a B-26 squadron and on D-Day they led the wing that successfully bombed German positions facing Utah beach.
Steve Ray, Lake Oswego, Oregon (June 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Stephen Clare 1969 I am conducting research on Deep Purple and have come across the fact that they played at the Kings Head in Romford on the 7th November 1969. I appreciate that this was a very long time ago but i was wondering if anyone knows about this gig. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Sean Roche 1969 They had a Blues Club in the back Hall on a Monday Night
Tony Hastings late 1960s Greatest days of my life went to see t.rex 3 times black sabbath led zeppelin deep purple that is why I I'm surprised we never got beaten up most of the so called teddy boys and bikers had Honda 50s and I was always in trouble with women etc i still play heavy rock in my car nice to know someone still takes an interest

 
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Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: Colin Price