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The Greyhound

Picture source: Stephen Harris

The Greyhound was situated at 91 Lea Bridge Road and closed in 1997. This pub was converted to flats in 2003.

Source: Colin Price
This pub was established by 1839, probably as a speculative development at a time when there were plans to build a new railway line past the site and a station at its doorstep.  The station opened in 1840 and the pub was placed in a bit of a predicament in 1843 when a new bridge was built over the tracks, bringing the street level up to its first floor windows.  The solution was to build a new storey, convert the old first floor into a bar and the old bar into cellars.  In 1928 a new speedway stadium opened behind the pub and for a time in the 1930s Clapton Orient Football Club played their home games here.  But first the Os left, then the speedway stadium closed and eventually the railway station closed in 1985, each closure taking away clientele.  The pub was tied to the Taylor Walker Brewery and had been substantially rebuilt in 1946 following wartime bombing. It closed in 1997 after a period when it operated primarily as a nightclub, with an increasingly dodgy reputation.  Since that time the forecourt has been used for car sales, which the bar area is eerily intact.
Stephen Harris

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Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: Colin Price