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Caledonian Arms


Picture source: Stephen Harris


The Caledonian Arms was situated at 62 Fairfield Road. This former Watney’s Brewery pub had been present since at least 1851.  It stood alongside the former Bryant & May match factory, scene of the famous ‘Match Girls’ strike of 1888.  Nearby stands the statue of Prime Minister Gladstone; despite the clean-up efforts of the local council, he usually has red hands to symbolise his role in the ending of the strike which was said to have been “paid for in blood”.  This pub must have been witness to many of the events of the time.  It closed in 2000 and stood derelict for a long time, but has now been converted to residential use.


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Picture source: Timothy Keane