In 1881 Charles Dickens (Jr) put together a club listing for his book Dictionary of the Thames, in all there were over 110 clubs but I believe there were quite few more, for example the Brunswick Brothers of Limehouse. A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting one it its members, Barry who showed his skills fishing for bream and roach under the shadow of Canary Wharf. Sadly now I believe most of these clubs have disbanded although the Brunswick Brother still angle. Many doors have now closed and the piscators no longer seek refuge to swap stories and dodge the foul weather. The names deem to indicate their approach and attitude from the romantics of Foley street, the ‘Golden Barbel’ to the more light hearted ‘Good Intent’ brothers of the Crown in Bethnal Green Road. On Friday I shall be in the Captain Kidd in Wapping, not listed below but with the Thames lapping below the windows it will be the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to lost London Clubs and the echoes of the London anglers banter.
ACORN, “Royal Oak,” Spencer-street, Goswell-road.
ALBERT, “The Crown Coffee House,” Crown-street, Old-street.
ALBAN’S, ST., “Royal George,” Great New-street, Kennington Park-road, SE.
ALLIANCE, “Old Red Lion,” Great Warner-street, Clerkenwvell.
ALEXANDRA, “Duke of Wellington,” 3, Colt-lane, Bethnal-green.
AMICABLE BROTHERS, “Bald- Faced Stag,” Worship-sq., Finsbury.
AMICABLE WALTONIANS, “George the Fourth,” Goswell-road.
ANGLER’S PRIDE, “Red Lion,” Dockhead.
ATLAS, 73, Newman-street, Oxford-street
BARNSBURY, “The Albion,” Caledonian-road, near King’s Cross.
BATTERSEA PISCATORIAL, Queen’s Hotel, Queen’s-road, Battersea.
BERESFORD, “Grove House Tavern,” Camberwell-grove.
BERMONDSEY BROTHERS, “General Garibaldi,” Southwark Park-road
BLACKFRIARS, “Ordnance Arms,” York-road, SE.
BLOOMSBURY BROTHERS, “Rose and Crown,” Broad-st., Bloomsbury
BOSTONIAN, “Dalby Tavern” Dalby-street, Prince of Wales-road Kentish Town.
BROTHERS WELL MET, “Berkeley Castle,” Rahere-st., Goswell-road
CAMBRIDGE FRIENDLY, “Rent Day,” Cambridge-street, Hyde Park-square.
CADOGAN, “Prince of Wales,” Exeter-street, Sloane-street, S.W.
CARLISLE, “Clarendon Club,” 80, High-street, Islington.
CANONBURY, “Crown and Anchor,” Cross-street, Islington.
CARNALY CASTLE, “The Carnaly Castle,” Carnaly-street, St. James’s.
CAVENDISH, “British Lion,” Cavendish-street, New North-road, Hoxton.
CITY OF LONDON, “Cogers’ Hall,” Bride-lane, E.C.
CLAPHAM JUNCTION, “Lord Ranelagh,” Verona-street.
CLERKENWELL AMATEURS, – “George and Dragon,” 240, St. John-street-road, Clerkenwell.
CLERKENWELL PISCATORIAL, “White Hart,” Aylesbury-street, Clerkenwell.
CONVIVIAL, “King’s Head,” Mitchell-street, St. Luke’s.
DALSTON, “Hope,” Holly-street, Dalston-lane.
DE BEAUVOIR, “Lord Raglan,” Southgate-road, N.
EAST LONDON, “Duke of Norfolk,” Norfolk-street, Globe-road.
EDMONTON AND TOTTENHAM, “Three Horse Shoes,” Silver-street, Edmonton.
EUSTONIAN, “The Wheatsheaf,” Kenton-street, Brunswick-square.
EXCELSIOR, “Two Eagles,” South-street, Lambeth
FRIENDLY ANGLERS, “Albion Tavern,” Albion-street, Hyde-park
FRIENDLY ANGLERS, “Jacob’s Well,” New Inn Yard, Shoreditch.
FREE AND EASY, “Jane Shore,” High-street, Shoreditch.
GLOBE, “Globe Tavern,” Blackstock-road, Highbury
GOLDEN BARBEL, “York Minster,” Foley-street, Portland road
GOLDEN TENCH, “Somers Arms,” Boston-road, King’s Cross.
GOOD INTENT, “Crown Inn,” Bethnal-green-road.
GREAT NORTHERN BROTHERS, “Robin Hood,” Southampton-street, Pentonville.
HAMMERSMITH UNITED, “Builders’ Arms,” Bridge-road.
HAVELOCK BROTHERS, “General Havelock,” West-street Triangle, Hackney.
HEARTS OF OAK, “Black Bull,” Thomas-st., Brick-lane, Spitalfields.
HIGHBURY, “George Hotel,” Foothill-road, Finsbury-park.
HOXTON BROTHERS, “Jane Shore,” High-street, Shoreditch.
IZAAK WALTON. “Old King John’s Head,” Mansfield-st., Kingsland-road.
JUNCTION BROTHERS, “Shakespeare’s Head,” Barnsley-street, Bethnal-green-road.
JUNIOR PISCATORIALS, “The Cock,” Clapham Common.
JOLLY PISCATORIALS, “Sugar Loaf,” Great Queen-street, W.C.
KENNINGTONIAN, “The Clayton Arms,” Kennington Oval
KENTISH BROTHERS, “George and Dragon,” Blackheath-hill.
KENTON, “Kenton Arms,” Kenton-road, South Hackney.
KING’S CROSS UNITED, “Albion,” Caledonian-road, N.
KENTISH PERSEVERANCE, “Corner Pin,” Cold Bath, Greenwich.
KNIGHTS OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE, “Grove Tavern,” Grove-place, Brompton-road. S.W.
LARKHALL, “The Larkhall,” Larkhall-lane, Clapham.
LIMEHOUSE BROTHERS, “Dunlop Lodge,” 70, Samuel-st., Limehouse.
LITTLE INDEPENDENT, “Russell Arms,” Bedford-street, Euston-sq.
MARYLEBONE, “Bank of England,” Cambridge-place, South Wharf-road.
METROPOLITAN, “Rose Inn,” Old Bailey.
NEVER FRETS, “Cronnard Shuttle,” High-Street, Shoreditch.
NAUTILUS, “British Lion,” Central-street, St. Luke’s.
NORFOLK, “Norfolk Arms,” Burwood-place, Edgware-road.
NORTH~EASTERN, “Shepherd and Flock,” Little Bell-alley, Moorgate-street.
NORTH LONDON, “Prince Albert,” Hollingsworth-street. Holloway.
NORTH-WESTERN, “Lord Southampton,” Southampton-road, Haverstock-hill.
NORTON FOLGATE, “Rose and Crown,” Fort-street, Spitalfields.
NEW GLOBE, “The New Globe,” Mile-end-road, E.
OLD BOWER, “Duke’s Arms,” Stangate-street, Westminster-bridge-road.
ODDS-AND-EVENS, “Monmouth Arms,” Singleton-st, Hoxton.
PENGE, “Lord Palmerston,” Maple-road, Penge.
PECKHAM BROTHERS, “Prince Albert,” East Surrey-grove, Peckham.
PHOENIX, “Tavistock Arms,” Werrington-street, Oakley-square.
PISCATORIAL, “Ashley’s Hotel,” Henrietta-street, Covent Garden.
PRINCE OF WALES, “Royal Standard,” Seymour-place, Edgware-road.
PERSEVERANCE, “The Perseverance,” Pritchard’s-row, Hackney-road.
PUTNEY AND WANDSWORTH UNITED, “Coopers’ Arms,” High-street, Putney.
REFORM, “Jolly Coopers,” Clerkenwell-close.
RICHMOND PISCATORIAL, “Station Hotel,” Richmond, Surrey.
ROYAL GEORGE, “Royal George,” Crown-street, Soho.
ROYAL PISCATORIAL, “The Albion,” Rodney-road, Walworth.
SAVOY BROTHERS, “Black Prince,” Chandos-street, Strand.
SILVER TROUT, “Star and Garter,” St Martin’s-lane, Charing-cross.
SIR HUGH MYDDELTON, “Three Johns,” White Lion-street, Islington.
SOCIAL BROTHERS, “Prince Regent,” Dulwich-road, Herne Hill.
SONS OF THE THAMES, “Three Tuns,” Rupert-street
SOUTH BELGRAVIA, “Surprise,” Vauxhall Bridge-road.
SOUTH KENSINGTON PISCATORIAL “Coleherne Hotel,” South Kensington.
SOUTH LONDON, “George and Dragon,” 235, Camberwell-road.
SOUTH HACKNEY, “The Lamb,” Wick-road, Sooth Hackney.
SOUTH ESSEX, “The Elms,” Leytonstone.
SOUTH ESSEX PISCATORIAL, “Victoria Dock Tavern,” Victoria Dock-road, E.
SPORTSMAN, “Lady Owen’s Arms,” Goswell-road.
ST. ALBAN’S, “Walnut Tree,” St. Alban’s-rd., Kensington-rd., SE.
ST. JAMES AND SOHO, 30, Gerrard-street, Soho.
ST. JOHN, “White Bear,” St. John-street, West Smithfield.
ST. PANCRAS, 58, Burton-street, Burton-crescent.
STANLEY ANGLERS, “Lord Stanley,” Camden Park-road.
STAR, “Bird in Hand,” Northampton-street, Clerkenwell.
STOKE NEWINGTON, “Prince Albert,” Victoria-rd., Stoke Newington.
STEPNEY, “Beehive,” Rhodeswell-road, Stepney.
STRATFORD BROTHERS, “Coach and Horses,” Broadway, Stratford.
SURREY PISCATORIALS, “St. Paul’s,” Westmoreland-rd, Walworth.
SUSSEX, “Sussex Arms,” Grove-road, Holloway.
TRAFALGAR, “Star and Garter,” 13, Green-street, Leicester-square.
TRUE WALTONIANS, 100, Liverpool-road, Islington.
UNITED ESSEX, “Dorset Arms,” Ceylon-road, Stratford New Town.
UNITED MARLBOROUGH BROTHERS, “Red Lion,” 22 and 23, Portland-street, St. James’s.
UNITED SOCIETY OF ANGLERS, Wellington. Shoreditch UNITED BROTHERS, “Druid’s Head Tavern,” Broadway, Deptford.
WALTHAMSTOW, “Common Gate,” Wark House Common, Walthamstow
WALTON AND COTTON, “Crown and Woolpack,” St. John-street, Clerkenwell.
WALTONIAN, “Jews Harp,” Red-hill-street, Regents-park.
WALWORTH WALTONIANS, “St. Paul’s,” Westmoreland-rd., Walworth.
WEST HAM BROTHERS, “Queen’s Head,” West Ham-lane, Stratford.
WEST CENTRAL, “Cross Keys,” Theobald’s-road, High Holborn.
WEST LONDON, “Windsor Castle,” King-street, Hammersmith.
WESTBOURNE PARK PISCATORIAL, Pelican, All Saints-road, Westbourne-park.
WOOLWICH BROTHERS, “Prince Regent,” King-street, Woolwich.
WOOLWICH INVICTA, “Golden Marine,” Francis-street, Woolwich.
WOOLWICH PISCATORIALS, “Cricketers Arms,” Sand-street, Woolwich
Tench Dreamer said:
So many from round here( Hackney , East london) …question , who are those fine bunch of anglers at the heading of this blog?and any idea when it was taken?
The tuesday swim said:
That is my new group of friends I have starting to hang out with!
Tench Dreamer said:
Thought so, maybe the epping forrest pikers
Great post, we should try and establish some new Clubs or re-populate some of the old ones, there are plenty of fisher folk in search of a pint, banter, an exchange of ideas and story telling…the Barnes Four who trot under Barnes Bridge and frequent the Coach & Horses.
The tuesday swim said:
Well there’s a question! I’m hoping to take on the fishing rights on a certain stretch of London river. If I can, a new club will be born which will require a ‘club house’ for banter.
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I have a feeling I know which river dear Sir, so I would be delighted to facilitate the gin and a light beer in order to help the banter!