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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

Montague Arms

Open 2014

289 Queens Road

Peckham

Deptford

Montague Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Montague Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Montague Arms 2011

Above photo circa 2011.

 

From the Black Eagle Journal.

J Evans, Montague Arms, died in January 1957.

William Madigan, Montague Arms, died on April 10th, 1963.

 

Following the very sad passing of long time managers Stan & Bet (both in their 80s) the pub closed its doors at the end of 2011. Stan and Bet had been running the pub with owner Peter Hoyle since 1967.

The pub was decked out with an eclectic bunch of curios from nautical gear to taxidermy including a stuffed zebra head looking out of an old horse drawn carriage! The Sun newspaper reviewed the pub shortly before closure: "decor like the pirate ship in The Goonies and an events calendar including The Unwrong Quiz make this one of our strangest, and best boozers."

There were signs displayed outside proclaiming 'Coaches Welcome' which always looked a little odd in this neighbourhood but the pub must have had deals with cross-channel drivers as coaches full of tourists used to call in for a drink, and sometimes food, while often being entertained by houseband The Two Petes - a blind keyboard player and a drummer who was the pub owner. They had been playing there since 1970 and in their early days they released "Live at the Montague Arms" albums. Comedians Jimmy Jones, Jim Davidson and Mike Reid all began their careers performing at this pub.

In 1989 the NME interviewed Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, Mark E Smith of the Fall and Nick Cave together in the Montague Arms: 'A bottle's throw from Millwall FC, The Montague Arms, a mock Gothic fun pub for morbid tourists, plays host to a bizarre summit meeting. Amidst stuffed horses' heads, skeletons on bicycles and mocked up corpses, three of contemporary music's most infamous individuals are gathered at the NME's request.... It all ends up like this: 'Things fall apart. The unholy trinity climb on the pubstage. MacGowan on drums, Smith on guitar and Cave on the organ. A jam of sorts ensues - The Velvets meets Hammer Horror with a hint of Acid House. Totally wired. Summit mental.'

Up until its demise the pub continued hosting numerous events including gigs by Gang of Four and Band of Holy Joy. Soon after closure the contents of the pub were auctioned off. However the pub reopened in 2014 and they have bands on again, and the new people running it are trying to carry on in the tradition of Stan and Bet as far as possible.

 

LICENSEE LIST

WATKINSON Thomas 1840+

MILLER Henry to Nov/1847

BROWN Edward Nov/1847-61+ (age 56 in 1861Census)

BRIDGE Samuel 1866-67+

BRIDGE Miss S 1878+

BRIDGE Sarah 1881+ (widow age 52 in 1881Census)

BRIDGE & WARD 1891+

MEES Charles 1896+

DANIELS Richard George & Co 1904-14+

DANELS Richard George 1919+

DEFRIES Maurice Martin 1934+

DEFRIES Julia Mrs 1938+

EVANS J 1944-Jan/57 dec'd

MADIGAN William to 10/Apr/1963 dec'd

HOYLE Peter 1967+ (owner)

???? Stan & Bet 1967-2011

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