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Rosemary Branch

Date of photo: 1976

Picture source: Timothy Keane

The Rosemary Branch was situated at 263 Southampton Way. This pub has now been demolished.
Source: Ian Chapman
It started life, probably as far back as the 17th Century, and in addition to being a public house, it was also a music hall and a general place of entertainment. The first ascent of a balloon from Peckham, took place from the grounds. I've discovered from a Map from around 1895 that the pub was a lot bigger than the building shown in the photo.
This has been backed up by me seeing a picture of a souvenir which was given to patrons of the Rosemary Branch Hall described as being a Handsome Billiard Saloon. So somewhere between 1895 and 1976, the building, or perhaps just the Billiard Saloon, was demolished, as a post-war map shows a row of houses where the Billiard Saloon would have been..
Ken Cook (July 2023)

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