London Pub Signs – East India Arms…

May 13, 2013

East-India-ArmsBuilt in 1829 on a site which has apparently hosted a pub since 1630, this red brick pub in Fenchurch Street in the City is named for the East India Company.

Created by a charter signed by Queen Elizabeth I which gave it a monopoly on all English trade east of the Cape of Good Hope, the East India Company was incorporated in 1600.

It dominated British trade in Asia, in particular in India which it ruled over from 1757 until its final demise in the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny in 1857 after which the British Government took direct control of India.

The company headquarters was located in East India House in nearby Leadenhall Street (the rather grand building was demolished in 1861 and the site is now occupied by the architecturally adventurous Lloyd’s Building).

The small, one-roomed pub, at 67 Fenchurch Street, is now part of the Shepherd Neame chain. For more see www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/london/east-india-arms.

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One Response to “London Pub Signs – East India Arms…”

  1. artandarchitecturemainly Says:

    Damn, I must have walked past the pub often enough without looking up. I hope the interior walls have plenty of old photos and relics from the Company’s boom era in India.

    And perfect timing. My current blog post is about the East India Co in India and the book I am currently reading is about the goals of colonisation in India.

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