London Pub Signs – The Trafalgar Tavern…

April 15, 2013

This Greenwich institution, housed in a Grade II-listed building in Park Row, has been noted for its whitebait dinners since it first opened its doors in 1837 (among those said to enjoy them was the author Charles Dickens – indeed the premises features in Our Mutual Friend). 

Trafalgar-TavernThe tavern, which takes its name from the famous 1805 battle of the Napoleonic War which cost Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson his life, was built by Joseph Kay, a founding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the man responsible for the layout of Greenwich town centre.

Built on the site of an earlier tavern named the Old George Inn, the new late Regency pub featured at its heart the Lord Nelson Room which still looks out over the Thames and the, albeit much lessened, shipping that travels upon it. It was a favoured location for gatherings of liberal politicians.

In 1915, the pub transformed into the Royal Alfred Aged Merchant Seamen’s Institute – a role which it continued to fulfil until the 1960s when it reverted to being the Trafalgar Tavern.

For more on the tavern, see www.trafalgartavern.co.uk.

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