Spread Eagle

Greater London South West - Wandsworth

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

71 Wandsworth High Street
Wandsworth
SW18 2PT

Tel: (020) 8877 9809

Email: turner.pubco@outlook.com

Website http://www.rampubcompany.co.uk/visit-pubs/spread-eagle-wandsworth

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Wandsworth Town

Station Distance: 550m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Wandsworth Town) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A lavish late-Victorian Young’s pub, rebuilt in 1898 during the great pub boom. It’s a landmark Flemish Renaissance-style building across the road from the former, much-lamented Young’s Brewery. The interior gives a very good idea of what a classy late Victorian pub could look like. There are three rooms separated by screens though the multiple doorways suggest the left-hand public bar was formerly subdivided. The room on the right is huge and probably always was a single space (it has a staircase to the upstairs rooms, cf. the Warrington, Maida Vale). Note the attractive octagonal skylight with coloured stained glass with floral motifs, below which is a decorative plaster frieze. Then comes a screen to the ‘dining room and lounge’. This area is largely newly fitted.

All areas at the Spread Eagle are connected by a three-sided servery, still with its original counter and back fittings. It envelops a large publican's office. The pub has extensive expanses of etched glass which makes the place sparkle. The distinctive and attractive canopy over the main entrance seems original.

A lavish late-Victorian Young’s pub, rebuilt in 1898 during the great pub boom. It’s a landmark Flemish Renaissance-style three-storey building across the road from the former, much-lamented Young’s Brewery. Ground floor of polished granite with pilasters having decorative capitals and red brick upper storeys. The distinctive and attractive iron and glass canopy which projects from the main entrance across the street seems original. The interior gives a very good idea of what a classy late Victorian pub could look like with an extensive expanses of etched glass which makes the place sparkle.

The left-hand public bar has entrance doors on the left and also double doors on the right hand side that was probably the former off sales ones i.e. a partition has been lost. It retains the original bar back of three bays with large mirror panels but most of the lower bar back shelves have been lost to fridges. The panelled bar counter curved on the left hand side looks the original one and there is a dart board (rare for London pubs) and pool table here. A full height timber and glazed panelled screen forms the division with the lounge on the right and still retains its door with ‘Public Bar’ etched and frosted panel; along the middle are etched mirror-glass panels with delicate ribbon and foliage motifs.

The room on the right is huge and probably always was a single space (it has a staircase to the upstairs rooms, cf. the Warrington, Maida Vale); the modest vestibule looks modern. The bar back here is an extension of the mainly glazed partition but with mirror panels also reaching to the ceiling and a doorway for the staff to the public bar. Sadly, most of the lower bar back shelves have been lost to fridges. A door in the bar back leads to the original large publican's office, now used as a store room. At the rear there is an indentation in the full height screen with more impressive mirror panels including ones with floral and birds decoration. The panelled bar counter which is curved on both the left hand and right hand sides looks the original one.

At the rear of the room is an attractive octagonal skylight with coloured stained glass with floral motifs, below which is a decorative plaster frieze. Down the left hand side are two short screens with ornate mirror panels depicting flowers. Three sections of fixed seating look old but re-leatheretted and a tiled, cast iron and wood surround fireplace with a real coal fire may be original.

Another full height screen with lots of etched and frosted panels having floral designs along the middle row separates the lounge with another room at the rear left, which is largely newly fitted. It retains two doors both with ‘Dining Room and Lounge’ deep cut wording in them. The largish room has a bare wood floor, raised area on the left, a plain skylight and the bar counter here looks more 1970s work. There are screens in front of both toilets at the rear which have multiple etched and frosted panels and could be original. A cast iron fireplace in the raised area looks a replacement.

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