Saturday 30 August 2008

Kilburn has above average number of great quality pubs per head of the population

The crucial nature of the achitecture of pubs within the community is often under-estimated...

And Kilburn has a good haul of quality pubs - various inspectors, audits and census's have identified Kilburn as having above average number of pubs per capita - what that doesn't draw out is that it has above average quality and design features.

So here we feature the Prince of Wales, 11 Cambridge Gardens, South Kilburn - easily found as it is immediately on the right as you come out of Kilburn Park tube station.

The building is grade two listed and you can see why...

Built during the 1860's as the kilburn park estate was being laid out - the pub was very much part of the local landscape and design. Edwin Charles White was licensee in 1872, according to the Traditional Pubs of Kilburn, volume 1, Cliff Wadsworth, Willesden Local History Society, and was followed by Israel Blewitt Griffin, Edward Corish, J Ranson, Walter F Clark and Arthur Smith at the end of the 19th century.

The area gained signigicance when the tube opened in 1915 and this was when the pub received its last most signifcant face-lift and exterior improvement.

I noticed the other day that the pub sign is missing - I'm slightly worried by the number of old pub signs that are gradually going - of course the Colin Campbell has been taken down - but here the overhanging metalwork is still there waiting for a Prince of Wales sign... hmmm.

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