Friday 17 August 2012 12.03pm
It's the same pub, and one of my erstwhile watering holes.
Back in the 1960's (when I first started experimenting with 'light and bitter') It was called 'The Duke of Wellington,' or, more usually among punters, 'The Wellington
.' I can't be sure when it changed to the 'Henry Cooper,' but I left the area in 1969 and I'm sure it was still 'The Wellington
,' up to then.
It was one of the many thriving pubs in the Old Kent Road
at that time and on summer evenings many of the punters would stand outside on the wide pavement. It would be no exaggeration to say that 50 to 100 was not unusual on a balmy evening. They had live music there also on occasions. At one time a front window was boarded up and a cartoon was drawn on it with a speech bubble exclaiming, 'What, no glass?'
The reason for the missing window was that a group playing there one Saturday night upset the punters and the drum kit was hurled through it.