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Common Gate


Picture source: National Brewery Heritage Trust


The Common Gate was situated at 131 Markhouse Road. This pub was established in 1852 and by 1872 was owned by the Collier Brothers Brewery of Walthamstow; ownership later passing to the Charrington’s Brewery of Mile End.  The pub was rebuilt in its present form in around 1888, slightly further down the road from the original premises, and some impressive Charrington’s tiles from this period can still be seen on the side wall.  The pub closed in 1978 and soon fell into a derelict state.  But it reopened in 1984 under the name Sportsman.  By 1997 it was trading as Couples (although nicknamed Fights’) and the name changed again in 2002 to JD’s Bar.  The pub closed in 2002 and was converted to the Common Gate Hotel.

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Name Dates Comments
Paul Bailey 1968 Remember it well, had my first pint there at the ripe old age of 16.
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Date of photo: 2011

Picture source: Stephen Harris