Duke's Head

Greater London South East - Crayford

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

53 Crayford High Street
Crayford, Crayford
DA1 4EJ

Tel: (01322) 521953

Email: thedukesheadcrayford@gmail.com

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: Crayford

Station Distance: 650m

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Rebuilt in 1926 in loose Tudor style. Tudor theme inside with three brick fireplaces, exposed ceiling joists, and walls ‘panelled’ to two-thirds height. The infill between the timber members is artificial, resin-based sheeting made to look like wood (very popular in the Twenties to create a sense of antiquity on the cheap). Now opened up the pub was a three-roomer. Modest original fittings include a plain panelled counter to the three-sided servery and parts of the bar back: the etched window glass with geometrical patterning is probably also original to 1926.

This pleasant, small pub is a 1926 rebuild in the loose Tudor style that was so popular for pubs at the time: thin red bricks below and half-timbering above. The Tudor theme continues inside with three brick fireplaces, exposed ceiling joists, and walls ‘panelled’ to two-thirds height: look carefully and you will realise the infill between the timber members is artificial, resin-based sheeting made to look like wood (very popular in the Twenties to create a sense of antiquity on the cheap). Now opened up the pub was a three-roomer: a smallish space on the right, entered through the front door is clearly distinguishable but the main bar on the left, rather less obviously, had two spaces, one entered, as now, through the side door and its internal porch, and another from a (now blocked) entrance on the corner. Otherwise modest original fittings including a plain panelled counter to the three-sided servery and parts of the bar back: the etched window glass with geometrical patterning is probably also original to 1926.

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