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The Britannia

Picture source: Stephen Harris

The Britannia was situated at 493 High Road, closing in 2006. It also used the name Thirst & Last for a period.

Source: Colin Price
This pub was probably established in 1872, or perhaps just before and for most of its history was a Whitbread pub.  In 1994 it was renamed the Thirst & Last, a real ale-themed pub, but this venture was not successful and by 1997 the name had reverted to Britannia.  It then went through a phase as a gay pub, with attached nightclub ‘Farenheit’, before closing in 2005.  It has remained boarded-up ever since.
Stephen Harris
This pub has now been demolished (see photo below).
Colin Price (March 2011)
The Brit was sold by myself in October 2005.  The old disused bar that I converted into Farenheit was included in the sale. It was taken over by 3 separate leaseholders after, at least until late 2007.
Teresa Davies (July 2011)
A gym has now been built on the site (see photo below).
Colin Price (February 2016)

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Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: Colin Price

Date of photo: 2014

Picture source: Colin Price

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Name Dates Comments
Ann Ward 1964 I along with my husband Mick, used to be the under manager and under manageress and lived on the premises. The landlord was Chris and his wife Maud with their crazy bulldog called Brit.
Bernie Power 1969 Sunday night July 20 1969 as a group of students we passed the pub on our way to our digs in Warren rd. as 8.00 the Apollo 11 was touching down. We went in to watch this little T.V and the place was alive and we got free beer !! About 10 we were ready to go and never had such a good day with ecstatic people. went home and watched the first walk til we nutted out about 6.00