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The Gun

Picture source: T C

The Gun was situated at 54 Bushfield Street. This pub closed on February 20th 2015. It is due to be demolished as part of the further redevelopment of Spitalfields. Prior to the relocation of Spitalfields fruit and vegetable in the early 1990 the Gun opened from 6am to 8am for the market staff.
This pub has now been demolished and a new incarnation of The Gun built and reopened on the site (see photos below).

When Spitalfields Market was open intil the mid 1990s the pub opened about 6 or 6:30 am for the market workers so it was a haunt of mine when I did the night shift at the Post Office. Use of the early morning licence ceased when the market moved to Temple Mills.
I did see a story that at the end of World War II a soldier came to the Gun and said he had no money on him but if he could have a couple of pints on credit he would leave his medals as security and come back the next day to pay for the pints and get his medals back. Of course they never saw him again. The medal were kept and displayed with a notice they would be returned to the holder if he returned and paid for the beer.

Colin Price (December 2015)

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More Photos
Date of photo: 1930s

Picture source: Timothy Keane

Date of photo: 1970s

Picture source: Joan Bastock

Site of The Gun, 2015

Picture source: Colin Price

The rebuilt Gun, 2019

Picture source: Colin Price