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Toby Jug

Picture source: Dennis Turner

The Toby Jug was situated on the A3. The remains of the pub are behind the yellow hoarding in the above photo.

Many acts played there 35-40 years ago, including Led Zeppelin, David Bowie (first night of Ziggy Stardust tour on 10 January 1972!), Yardbirds, Jethro Tull, Squeeze, Ten Years After and King Crimson (see below).

Paul Bullen (July 2011)
I was living in Guildford during most of 1969 and saw Led Zeppelin at the Toby jug. I remember it as a small venue with the audience almost next to the band. Seemed to be more than the average number of young girls hanging around! Interesting gig list for the pub, seems amazing now but that was normal for the times. Indeed Zeppelin had played the Boat Club in Nottingham a few days earlier which was a regular haunt of mine, a few days later they were in San Francisco playing the Filmore! Tragic that the place is gone, but still got the memories
Alan Wood (September 2011)
David Bowie played at the Toby Jug 40 years ago , launching the ZiggyStardust Tour. To commemorate this, a poster has been put on display on the yellow hoarding , courtesy of Mr Chris Rosam .
John Mather (March 2012)
I went there every night for the blues night on a wednesday and also the progressive night on the friday. I saw Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters , and YES, Taste, Blodwyn Pig etc ext. It was the best music venue in the area. I saw Led Zeppelin, Steamhammer, many others .
I am so pleased I was there. I was only 15 but the people there were magnificent. Wonderful music and wonderful people.
In later life I have met others who used to go there. Also visited Eel Pie Island regularly. Ricky Ticks and the Kingston Hotel.
Wonderful times. Kingston poly, KCFE and the art school. Wonderful bands. Hawkwind?
Love to all who were there and more to those who missed out.
Charles Clark (July 2016)
Great to see so many people still remembering this music venue. I moved  to Tolworth in 1973, and having seen the ads in melody maker during the 60s was pleased to see the Toby Jug was still in action. During the 70’s I saw  Motörhead, the stranglers, Squeeze,The Damned,Jackson Heights,The Vibrators, The Fabulous Poodles, Ultravox and a few others my 69 years have allowed me to have forgotten. Like everyone else I was gutted when the pub was pulled down. 
Bryan Heffer (December 2018)

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Name Dates Comments
Steve Dallen 1970s Interesting reading about the bands featured at the good old Toby. I lived a ten minute walk from the pub, and saw many bands there over a period in the early seventies. Not sure exactly when, or even who (probably due to beer/ other substances!), but I certainly remember seeing Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green. Those were the days!
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Pictures source: Paul Bullen

Date of photo: 2001

Picture source: jam6475es

Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: John Mather