The Ham&High is looking at communities across its north London readership area, drawing on the Lost Pubs Project, which archives the decline of the English pub.
This week we look at Muswell Hill – where the project’s website www.closedpubs.co.uk lists five pubs that have closed their doors for the last time.
The Alexandra Arms
The Alexandra Arms, situated at 1 Cromwell Road, closed in 2010 and has now been converted to residential use.
The Green Man
The Green Man was situated at 56 Muswell Hill.
The pub was known as The Hill at time of closure and has now been converted to residential use.
The Minstrel Boy
Situated at 156 Colney Hatch Lane, this pub closed in 2017.
Arthur Elliot wrote on the site in 2018 how saddened he was to discover it had closed.
He wrote: “We as a team of footballers frequented the Minstrel Boy pub in the late 1950s.
“We would play our match on Sunday morning then hot foot it to the pub, as we were only about 17/18 at the time we weren’t supposed to be in there.
“The landlady at the time used to allow us in as we were a well behaved bunch so we were privileged.
“I am now 76 and was saddened to find out it had closed. We had some great times there and had great respect for our hosts.”
The Royal Oak
On a corner site, The Royal Oak in Sydney Road is another Muswell Hill pub converted into housing.
Situated at 291-293 Muswell Hill Broadway, the pub was converted into a restaurant, most recently La’De Kitchen, which has closed.