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Nags Head

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The Nags Head was situated at 79-81 Heath Street. Known for a time as The Cruel Sea, it is now used as an estate agents office.

I lived in Hyelm hostel at 79 Fitzjohns Avenue for a year between 10/1971 and 12/1972. I stayed in the area or visited Hampstead for two more years. This pub was one of my locals. Most memorable thing about it was the full length paintings that ran along both side-walls, apparently these murals were by Robert Lenkiewicz who had some fame back in the day. There was a documentary about him, I think. His patron was Lord St Germain. It was alleged that he had had a friend mummified and secreted in his house.
Jon (July 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Barbara D'Gama 1964/1965 My late father and mother used to run the pub back in the mid 1960's and our family lived upstairs. As an adult and having explored my family's heritage I learnt that my father was the first "coloured" publican in London prior to the 1965 Race Relations Act. My father was Indian and my mother Irish and were encouraged by Finches to run the pub. We were a family of 7 and as I understand, perceived as eccentric.