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Final demise of a pubs paradise

DOWN IN ONE ... The Commercial was a last survivor of a beery old thoroughfare.

DOWN IN ONE ... The Commercial was a last survivor of a beery old thoroughfare.

IN TERMS of distance, West Holborn represents only a small stretch of the riverside at Shields.

Yet at the turn of the last century it boasted at least a dozen pubs, not to mention beer houses and off-licences.

There were as many again, if not more, in the equally short range of East Holborn.

The recent demolition of The Commercial, shown here in a picture by my colleague Iain Brown, sees the demise of one of the last two survivors.

As Alan Newham got in touch to say: “It must leave the Rose and Crown as the last of the buildings that made up the East and West Holborn thoroughfare of old.”

Yes, a thoroughfare that, just at the West Holborn end, once included The White Swan, the Old George and Dragon, the Tyne Dock Inn, the Fountain Tavern and the United States Hotel, to name but a few beery neighbours.

Says Alan: “I worked for some time at Readhead’s shipyard during the 1960s.

“It was well known that certain hard-working men of that yard would on occasion ‘jump the wall’ and visit The Commercial or The Neptune and partake in a sustenance-giving libation that would send them back to weld and rig with renewed vigour!”

 

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