East London pub history

I thought I would write a few lines about East London pub history. I came upon, by chance, a reference to East London pub history which was flagged as number two in google, my pub wiki site is number one. It was a blog site called US Today – 10best.com and it talks even more crap than Trump, the Daily Mail and Michael Gove all talking at the same time – not that I am biased against morons.

The Americanblog lists the top ten pubs in East London, starting with the Blind Beggar at #10. It shows the year of 1894 in the parapet, being the year the last building was erected, and stating this was when it first existed. The pub had existed long before this, see the pubwiki site entries for the Blind Beggar, at 337 Whitechapel road.

Blind Beggar, 337 Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green London E1 in 2018
Blind Beggar, 337 Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green London E1 in 2018

The American blog site also suggests it is the site of the Jack the Ripper murders, what a load of flannel ; I guess Whitechapel is a good start for an uneducated piece of trash reporting by someone who has probably never even been to London, and guessing where Jack the Ripper picked on indefensible women in Victorian London. There is a brilliant book on this subject called ‘Five’, by Hallie Rubenhold, and well worth a read, as compared with this blog, which is not.

The American blog does mention the gangsters and killings in the 1960s, or whenever they were, but one fact correct out of three is a bit weak for the number two spot in google. I think the search engine is a little out of its depth these days, and their intellectually challenged people may wish to rethink their algorithms.

The blog #9 was the Hoop and Grapes in Aldgate High street, with a photograph from Ewans pubology site. I presume they have asked permission to use it. This pub was actually a wine and brandy merchants for most of its life, certainly between 1803 and 1915 at minimum.

Hoop & Grapes, 47 Aldgate High street, Whitechapel EC3 - in 2013 by Tris
Hoop & Grapes, 47 Aldgate High street, Whitechapel EC3 – in 2013 by Tris

In fact, this public house is probably as far removed from East London pub history as you could possibly find, and more in the era of East End lads doing well in the city at a wine bar – good luck to them!

At Number 8 is the Golden Heart in Spitalfields, a Truman pub which is clear from its rather large Trumans sign at the top. It started life as the Golden Harp, but that was 200 years ago, so who cares!

Golden Heart, 110 Commercial Street E1 - circa 1950
Golden Heart, 110 Commercial Street E1 – circa 1950

I am bored now, I will trash their blog a lot more later on. I have just removed google adverts from my site, as they are really annoying, and google adsense offers almost zero in revenues.

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