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The Beehive



The Beehive was situated at 128 Cobourg Road. This pub has now been demolished. Publican from June 1895 to June 1897 was Frank Sweeting, in 1904 Henry Sweeting.
Source: Ian Chapman
I lived at 120, Cobourg Road until I was 19 years old. It became my local. It wasnít a large pub (like The Thomas Ďaí Becket up the road), just a small saloon bar, a larger public bar, and a very low door in the wall that separated them (you had to duck right down to pass through!).
It was a Courage pub. Landlords names are a challenge. I know the guy who had it in the mid í50ís had a son named Martin - we used to play football together, and a Mr. Bill Isaacs had it with his wife Babís & daughter Ruth. After him was a chap named John, but I canít remember his last name. I know Bill Isaacs went to a pub in Manor Place, Walworth. He bought a Bentley!!! In WALWORTH!!!
The Beehive was pretty much a standard back street boozer - except for Sunday lunchtimes, for a couple of years. Bill Isaacs asked my father (a musician - and a good one too) to play piano. My father agreed on condition that I (as a 12 year old) played drums. Bill agreed, and word got round among musicians (my dad knew loads of them), and a regular jam session took place on these occasions, with up to 10 or 11 musicians playing at once. This place kicked off my musical career.
I retired from music last year, aged 70, and a long way from The Beehive, but Iíll always remember it.
Bob Quickenden (April 2020)

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