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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

By tony64  
Good Morning everyone! Many thanks for all your votes and comments on my beach hut pic yesterday. Well its Saturday so it must be a pubsign!

Today I am on Fleet Street and a reputedly one of the oldest pubs in London. The Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt in 1667 shortly after the Great Fire. There has been a pub at this location since 1538. While there are several older pubs which have survived because they were beyond the reach of the fire, or like The Tipperary on the opposite side of Fleet Street because they were made of stone, this pub continues to attract interest due to the curious lack of natural lighting inside which generates its own gloomy charm.

Some of the interior wood panelling is nineteenth century, some older, perhaps original. The vaulted cellars are thought to belong to a 13th century Carmelite Monastery which once occupied the site. The entrance to this London pub is situated in a narrow alleyway and is very unassuming, yet once inside visitors will realise that the pub occupies a lot of floor space and has numerous bars and gloomy rooms. In winter, an open fireplace is used to keep the punters warm. I can recommend the Sam Smiths as well!

Many thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

Tony

Tags: Photo journalism

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Comments


Darrenwooly 16 40 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 10:54AM
love the shots, especially the interior ones, really warm feel.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
7 Nov 2009 11:04AM
Wonderful set of images and you have really captured the "feel" of the place so well thanks for sharing Colin
fatherpie 14 18 12 England
7 Nov 2009 1:38PM
Fascinating set. I walked past this on Tuesday without realising what a fascinating history it has
Dave
baclark 13 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 2:35PM
You forget just how much history there is in some hostelries, very interesting write up Tony. Cracking set of images here, lots of atmosphere seaping out of the paneling helped by the low lighting. Super detailed set.
Barbara
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 2:42PM
This is one we've missed on recent visits! Interesting story.
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 2:54PM
You have done a fine job with the interior shots in particular, Tony. The atmosphere is almost palpable. Was this Sweeny Todd's local, by any chance?
Bill
Fine set
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
7 Nov 2009 11:51PM
Very good interiors Tony, warm welcoming. Ron.

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