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Hero Of Maida

Picture source: T C


The Hero Of Maida was situated at 435 - 437 Edgware Road, closing in 1992. The pub was named after General Sir John Stuart who was made Count of Maida by King Ferdinand IV of Naples and Sicily after the victory at the Battle of Maida in 1806. It gave the name to Maida Hill (where it stood) and Maida Vale beyond. Since its closure, the name Maida Hill has moved over a mile westwards to what was formerly Six Ways, Harrow Road. The bar area is now retail, a free standing pub sign occupies the former outside seating area.
My family ran it from its opening c.1809. The landlord was a Mr Goodes, whose father-in-law, Henry McDermot, ran the original Cock Tavern on the corner of Kilburn (High Road) and Willesden Lane. I'm Mr Goodes' great great granddaughter. His great granddaughter has just died, aged 102!
Clare Glenister (March 2013)

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Name Dates Comments
Keith Owen 1964-1967 Regular customer,and temporary lived in the Hayloft at rear through the arch in 1967. This was the result of being evicted from the Coach House, Maida Avenue by the Church Commissioners and was given generous hospitality from Gordon Tate (his aunt was the landlady of the pub) and his friends Andy and Chris Davis.
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Date of photo: 2015

Picture source: Russell Judge