The screens went up very soon after the closure of this pub, about two weeks ago. I read somewhere that there has been a Red Lion pub in Greenford since the 1640s and it wouldn’t surprise me. I have no idea of the date of this building but a fascinating website put together by devotees of the subject lists publicans who held the licence for the Red Lion in Greenford Road, from James Shoesmith and his family in 1855 to Arthur Welch, who held it in 1937. The fall in custom has been blamed on a number of things such as a change in drinking habits or the price of beer in pubs, but I have wondered if its location at less than pedestrian friendly crossroads played a part. Whatever the reason, this landmark building will probably be replaced by a block of flats. How depressing.
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