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Queen's Head Southwark
« on: December 01, 2023, 10:32:01 am »
The Builder says The Queen's Head, Southwark from which all the lath and plaster has been stripped, exposing the timber work, must be, we imagine, the most ancient of the few yet remaining inns in the Borough, for it escaped from the fire which in 1676 consumed many of its compeers along the east side of High-street. The latter were rebuilt, and in their original style, but at this day the King's Head, White Hart, and Tabard, are new, while portions of the older George, Spur, and Half Moon may still be seen. The Queen's Head, known until Elizabeth's reign as the Crossed, or Crowned, Keys, lies down a yard southwards from the Tabard-last century the whole street, almost, consisted of carriers' and coaching inns — and retains parts of its " galleries" and" boxes." In 1529 it served as a storehouse of artillery and harness for Henry VIII., who employed a company of German armourers at Southwark and Greenwich. In the previous century it had belonged to the Poynings—a Robert Poynings was Cade's sword-bearer. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Queen's Head was the principal house for Hampshire and Sussex carriers. The association of the property with the Harvard family is worthy of mention. Robert, father of the John Harvard after whom the university in Massachusetts is named, was a butcher at the Chain Gate, on the east side of St. Saviour's church yard (where is now the Borough Market). At his death in 1625 the inn passed to his widow, and from her to their son John. The tavern has suffered changes since that time-about 12 years ago the tiled roof was replaced with one of slate.

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Re: Queen's Head Southwark
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2024, 12:01:34 pm »
Curiously, amongst the online sources, one says that the Queen's Head was destroyed in the Southwark of 1676; whilst another says that it survived until the coming of the railways, when it became a railway depot; and another yet says that, after the fire, the inn's galleries remained, but by 1855 these were used by a hop merchant and what remained of the inn was demolished in 1886. Little evidence exists today to show that there once was an inn at 105 Borough High Street, save that its site is now named Queen's Head Yard.