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Square Rigger

Date of photo: 2014

Picture source: Colin Price

The Square Rigger was situated at 2 Arthur Street. This pub was built in the 1960s on the site of an earlier pub called The Crooked Billet - the address was then known as 9-10 Crooked Lane. It has now been demolished, with the building in the above photo built on the site. Also known as the Old City Of London Shades.
The Square Rigger is an extremely unusual pub, constructed a a replica of an eighteenth century ship of the line with a giant sail, a mast running through the middle of the pub, and two 'decks'. From the centre of the 'ship' you look out over the 'gunwhales' to murals of a distant sea coast. All that's missing from the total illusion is a whiff of the brine and the motion of the waves!
The upper bar is also a wine bar, and next to the lower bar is a dining area. The pub serves bar snacks and pizzas with tongue-in-cheek, maritime names.
Hot and cold snacks and pizzas served during opening hours: sausage at 40p to Bigger Rigger pizza at 2.60.
The Maritime England Year leaflet, 1982.

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Name Dates Comments
Tony Mallen 1971 Customer when one of the staff working on re-construction of London Bridge.
Jean Purchase 1960-1964 Worked at tate and lyles and had my hen party here 3rd april 1964 Was then jean davies now live in Northampton.