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Blade Bone


Picture source: Stephen Harris

The Blade Bone was situated at 185 Bethnal Green Road. This pub was established in 1823 and rebuilt after the Second World War.  It closed in 1999 and has since served as a restaurant. Demolished by 2016.
The Blade Bone achieved considerable notoriety in the 1970s as a National Front hang out. I was not aware of this when I made my one and only visit there in the1970s but it did strike me as one of the most unpleasant pubs I have been in.

Described in the 1983 East London Camra guide as:

E2 BLADE BONE: 185 Bethnal Green Road . Bass Charrington. CHARRINGTON IPA. Not far from Cable Street, scene of the battle with Mosley's Blackshirts in the 1930's. The present day pub is a modern building, although has boards over the windows. An unusuallly patriotic pub. Pool/Piano.

Note the misspelling of unusually. The Blade Bone is actually just over a mile north of Cable Street. This and the reference to an unusually patriotic pub were an attempt to accurately describe it without running foul of libel laws. The far right connections of the Blade bone date back to the 1930 when local supporters of Oswald Mosley used it.

Colin Price (April 2015)

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