|The Angel Rotherhithe by Hubert John Williams 1930|
Southwark Art Collection
At the very end of Bermondsey Wall East, it used to be flanked by a variety of buildings, all crowded together to make the most of the valuable Thames frontage. A few years ago I was sorry to see how run down and unloved it looked under the Courage brewery, but a couple of years ago it was rescued by Samuel Smith and received a major renovation and face lift. It now looks elegant, inviting and well cared for.
The Pub History website has a list of former publicans and residents:
When you think how much a pub of this age could tell you if only it could speak, it's remarkable how little one can actually dredge up to bring its past to life. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the pub was at the hub of a vibrant, if occasionally lawless, riverside community.
Today it is a Samuel Smith's pub. It's address is 101 Bermondsey Wall East, SE16 4NB.
|1890, from the Illustrated London News|
|July 2013, taken from the Thames Clipper|