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Milford Haven Arms

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The Milford Haven Arms was situated at 214 Caledonian Road.
I was a regular drinker in the Milford Haven pub at 214 Caledonian Road Islington in the mid 1970’s. I lived at 218! I was heavily involved with the squatting movement in Caledonian Road when we took over abandoned houses in early 1975. Initially there was much opposition to us being in the area and confrontation too. However good sense prevailed and we struck a deal with the publican (BILL) at the Milford Haven. We would all drink exclusively at his pub if he could persuade his regulars to accept us as neighbours and part of the local community. All went well and the pub hummed.
I did get barred for a short while after a bit of fisticuffs. My solution was to pop across to the Mitre diagonally across the road. I was able to mix fairly freely with all the locals partly because of my New Zealand accent. When I did return to the MIlford Haven I was asked where I had been. When I told the regulars I had been across the road at the Mitre they were aghast. Comments such as ‘they are a funny lot over there they are’ were the order. My reply - how would you lot know as you have never been over there!!
I had my last drink in the Milford Haven one Sunday late in 1976. Bill and his wife and daughters were as busy pulling pints as ever. I went to sea and never returned for 22 years. Imagine my sadness when I wandered up Caledonian Road from the Kings Cross tube station to my old haunts and found the Milford Haven closed. I nearly cried. All I can say is God bless all those who drank there in the good old days.
Duncan McKee (March 2016)

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