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Isle Of Wight

Date of photo: c.1950

Picture source: Jacqui Henaghan

The Isle Of Wight was situated at 83 Warwickshire Street. This pub has now been demolished.
Source: Ian Chapman
My father was the landlord of the Isle of Wight in Warwick Road, Deptford from about 1955 to about 1962. My two brothers were born on the premises. I recall a TV on the bar playing the Spurs-Leicester Cup Final in (I think) 1962, when I was 9 years old. A customer asked me who I was supporting; I replied that I didn’t know who the teams were. He said “Them in the dark shirts, them’s Leicester. Them in the white, them’s Spurs”. I pondered a moment and replied that I was supporting Leicester. “Nah,” he told me, “you don’t wanna support Leicester. You wanna support Spurs”. So I did, and still do.
I remember that the pub had a lot of regulars from the docks, all of whom were very friendly, and my dad was a keen afterhours drinker. He never lacked company! But he was too fond of a drop and eventually lost his tenancy as a result.
The streets of Deptford were still full of bombed sites and derelict buildings, which made them an adventure playground for us children, and a nightmare for my poor mother. We survived, however, and my brother still has a few photos of us drinking froth from the dregs of beer bottles whilst perched on the bar.
Roger Everatt (March 2018)
I was born in 1954. I recollect the Isle of wight pub(we always called it the Isley go Wigget). My Grandad Bert Fudge worked in there from time to time and I do believe that he was a good friend of Jim Henaghen who I vaguely recall. I remember the restocking of the barrels which always fascinated me, sliding the full crates down the wooden plank and throwing the empty bottle crates from the cellar, then using the rope to lower the barrels. We lived at 75 Warwickshire street, about six houses away from the pub. I also recall that we once took the licensees daughter Debbie to Greenwich Park.
Rob Fudge (June 2019)
I was born in 1951 and lived in 49 Payne Street with my mum and dad and sister Joan - our front door was directly opposite the door to the saloon bar of The Isle of Wight. It was my dad's, George Harris, local and I remember Bert Fudge, Pat Ring and Wally Green who were his drinking pals. I also remember both Jim Hennegan and Eric Everatt the landlords during the 50s and 60s. Another local was Fred Rainbow who used to have a watch repair stall in Douglas Street Market. He used to keep his stall in the yard of the pub and when I worked for him on Saturdays it was my job to get the stall from pub and pull it to the market. I started going in The Isle of White with my 2 mates Harry Haley and Barry Caswell when I was 16. Yes we were underage but never caused any trouble. I stopped going there when we moved to Brockley in 1969 and started using The Brockley Jack. I moved to Bristol in 1976 with work and have fond memories of growing up in Deptford and of The Isle of Wight, and still support Millwall.
Arthur Harris (August 2020)

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