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Alexandra Arms, Cromwell Road, N10
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Alexandra Arms, Cromwell Road, N10

Photograph is undated but is probably around 1920. Please see image number 3007 for a recent photograph
Picture added on 18 September 2009 at 15:34
This pub sadly is now closed. I remember back in the 80s when it was a genuine local. I expect like so many it's reached the end of its days. Shame.
Added by Les. on 04 October 2010
The regulars used to go on a 'charabanc' (bus) tour to an unknown destination, unknown to me an eight year old boy. My friends and siblings used to congregate outside the pub as the crates of beer were loaded into the luggage compartment at the rear. The men, already primed, would board the bus and to our great delight would throw out pennies and halfpennies, which we children would scramble to retrieve. Great times. I lived in George Crescent on the new estate. This would have been around the early 1950's
Added by Walter Brett on 23 February 2011
The names of some men in the picture - Bert Wooding (my dad) Sid Pipe , Ted Gregory.and Micky Monk
Added by John Wooding on 19 August 2012
I also remember the beanos that they went on. My dad would have bean there too. Tough not on this occasion. I remember many a happy night sitting on the step outside waiting for my dad, with an arrowroot biscuit and a glass of lemonade.
Added by Graham Dorman. on 06 November 2012
My Mum and Dad used to play piano in this pub at the weekends in the 50's and 60's .....Alf and May Gentle
Added by Keith Gentle on 04 June 2013
My Grandad was Sid Maskell. He was born 1911, so I think this must be sometime in the 1930's-40.
Added by Janet Burton (nee Langford) on 02 October 2013
I know my grandad used to go in this pub. Vic as he was known, Hetherington. My dad is Tony Hetherington. Colin and Dickie Hetherington are my dad's brothers. Does anyone remember them?
Added by Janet Morgan on 24 February 2014
Not sure but think 2nd row from top 1st on left is my mums dad Bill Joyes, and 3rd row 3rd left is my granddad Vic Hetherington.
Added by Janet Morgan on 24 February 2014
I remember your Mum and Dad playing the piano, Peter. You lived over the road to me and you knew my cousins Susan and Janis Palmer. Your brother Alfie used to play in goal for the Freehold FC with my Dad Teddy Howard.
Added by Brian Howard on 24 March 2015
I think fifth from the right middle row is my dads cousin Ernie Ford. My dad used to go on these beanos with his dad Blossom Dorman.
Added by Graham Dorman on 25 March 2015
That looks like my great grandad in the clown costume 'Jock Brown'. I didn't know him, but heard many stories growing up. He used go round to most of the pubs in the area, sometimes singing, sometimes with his one man band act, Jake the Pake, Foo man Choo, he'd even do his Popeye impersonation, (I'll try to find a picture). He used to have a walking stick he called Joey, and at the pub he would tell the audience Joey was thirsty, and would someone buy Joey the walking stick a pint? When somebody would buy Joey a lager, Jock would pour the beer down the stick's mouth, the top of the stick had a face with a hole drilled in the mouth of it... Now, supposedly, (and I don't quite believe this to be the way it worked...But) there was a hole he had drilled into the the floorboards that he would place Joey right on top of, the beer would go into the mouth of the stick, and all the way down through the floor, and into a barrel below that Jock would drink later... More likely it was just one of those canes that had a hidden flask, he probably added a little head or something, because I just heard that Joey used to wear different hats as well, a jesters hat with bells mostly... You get the picture. Anyway, that was my great grandad, Jock Brown, my nans father. Bit scary if you ask me...My nan was Lil Brown who later married my grandad Jack Fairchild, who later had my dad John, who later had me...(my mum did, not my dad)... Nadia Fairchild.
Added by Nadia Fairchild on 31 August 2015
I believe that the man in the centre dressed as a clown is my grandfather, Herbert (Bert) Malyon. My parents have a copy of this particular photo along with a picture of my grandfather standing on his own (dressed as a clown) They also recognise several other people in the photo which I will list later
Added by Leigh Feathersone (nee Malyon) on 02 September 2015
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