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The Telegraph Public House - Alterations

Following on from the two photographs of The Telegraph Pub, Dail has kindly sent some very rare and interesting detail of alterations to the Telegraph back in the very early 1900's. 

The one small thing I remember about the pub, where I experienced my very first half pint of mild back in the very early 1960's, was the penny machine that was on the wall in the bar, It was in the Public Bar to the right of the serving area as seen on the bottom drawing. The closest you got to a win was your Penny back! It was similar to this.

This is what Dail Kindly wrote:-

I thought while you have a newly posted picture of the old Telegraph pub that once stood on Bow Road, I would send you the attached plans. I’m sure there are some, including yourself, who have a certain fondness for this old pub. Though I don’t find the façade particularly attractive, I do find the plans of interest, as I’m sure you will too.

There was a building already on the site of the old Telegraph pub a good number of years before it was extended. The Telegraph Inn was formerly a beer shop acquired by John Beal Jude (of the Kent Brewery) in around 1870. The appearance of the building was significantly altered in 1903, by which time it was in the hands of Jude Hanbury & Co.

Referring to the shaded parts of the first plan, a new bar was added on the south side, along with a central bay and a shop front, each with an ornate façade. In 1939, when the pub had been taken over by Frederick Leney & Sons Ltd, the inside was refurbished as shown in the second plan. The inside was again altered by Leney in 1951, as shown in the third plan.

Hope this is of interest

Words and Drawings courtesy of Dail Whiting

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