The Queens pub, Crouch End
- Original hand pulled screen print
- 8 colours
- 30 x 40 cm
- Heritage White 315 gsm paper
- Edition of 50
The Queens pub in Crouch End is a magnificent building, it was originally built as The Queens Hotel. It was built by the architect and developer John Cathles Hill in 1898–1902 and had art nouveau stained glass by the wonderfully named Cakebread Robey.
In the 1970’s it was a thriving music venue, managed by Jimmy Gleeson and his wife Shirley. The live music varied greatly in both style and quality, from folk-rock group Chanter to the Irish duo Larry and the Two-Tones - known locally as Larry and the Two-Tunes.
I have used the Queen chess piece as the icon for the background, partly as a nod to the wonderful Queen’s gambit. But also, because there was a very popular chess school set up in the side bar, with up to four boards in play every evening, although the normally high standard of play tended to decline as the evening wore on. Games were played with an intensity worthy of a world championship, and on one occasion the players were so engrossed in their game that they continued well after closing time. This resulted in chess being barred from the pub for several months, relocating to the Three Compasses in Hornsey High Street until the landlord relented.
Our local pubs are the hub of the community and to be cherished and frequented.
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