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Scholar Gypsy

Date of photo: 2001

Picture source: David Taylor


The Scholar Gypsy was situated at 11 The Avenueand closed in 2001. It was built in the early 1960s by Halls Brewery which eventually (became part of Ind Coope). The pub was named of a poem by Matthew Arnold, a former Professor of Poetry at Oxford University who had connections with the area. It has now been demolished with housing built on the site.

Review from
Ind Coope Light Ale (275ml bottle) 1.10 (20.i.98)

Looks very similar in style and everything to Merton College pavilion, mostly, I suspect, because it was constructed at about the same time, in the sixties. Lots of glass doors and concrete beams and wooden panelling. Not too unpleasant on the inside, but when we arrived the only folk in were the couple running it (who take over the lease in a few weeks time) and their enthusiastic Alsatian Gemma.
The choice of beers wasn't terribly good, but the publican's looking to get a real ale in by the middle of February, since he enjoys looking after it, and has run pubs before with fifteen to twenty real ales at a time,
apparently. I'll try to get another review of this place done when that's been seen to. (20.i.98)

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Name Dates Comments
David Taylor 1970  I ran the mobile disco in this pub 3 nights a week; walking distance of my parents house.
Della Andrews c1975-c1995 Publicans daughter, staff and customer.
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Date of photo: 2001

Picture source: David Taylor

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Picture source: David Taylor