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Three Blackbirds

Picture source: Stephen Harris

The Three Blackbirds was situated at 640 High Street and closed in 2007. Now used as the Taj Mahal Banqueting Suite.

Source: Colin Price
This pub was present by 1705 and by 1815 was owned by Thomas and Robert Pryor, brewers of Shoreditch – and by 1825 it had passed to Truman’s Brewery.  The pub was rebuilt in 1878 and the trustees of the adjacent school, with whom the pub seemed always to have had a fractious relationship, complained that the new building encroached by two and a half inches onto their property.  The 1926 landlord, W J Golding also happened to be chairman of Leyton Football Club, and in this year they won the FA Amateur Cup.  In 1929 the long-running dispute with the school was ended when the pub acquired the former school playground and built a new saloon bar and gardens.  Despite being popular and busy, the pub was in a poor condition by the early 2000s and went into a downward spiral as various ‘themes’ were picked up and then dropped until the pub closed in 2007.  The building has now become an ‘functions venue’. 
Stephen Harris
Demolished in 2015, a Sainsburys Local store now stands on the site.
Mike Shingleton (June 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Mike Hatton 1963/1987 Dennis Murray was the landlord for many of the years that I used the pub. Old school for a young man, and very professional. Became a good friend. He moved to the Pennines near Manchester, sadly he died too young about 1990's.
Peter Burke 1985/2001  
Will Fogarty 1987/1990 Was a regular at the blackbirds, Watched the Ireland v England game world cup 1990 on the telly, crowd was half Irish, half English, great banter, and after the game Ireland and England played each other in pool, happy days.
Anna Conway 1966/1980 Sean and Anna trainee manager's under Denis Murray, lived and worked in the Blackbird's .Celebrated our Engagement and Wedding day there.Great atmosphere,happy times. Sean was an Hotelier in Ireland,sadly died in 2000 .
Other Photos
Trumans horse-drawn dray delivery, 1958

Picture source: Timothy Keane

Date of photo: 1980s

Picture source: Mike Shingleton

Site of The Three Blackbirds, 2019

Picture source: Andrew Taylor