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18 June 2011

Drink at the Crown and Greyhound, Dulwich

When the two pubs which once dominated Dulwich Village - The Crown, used by the labourers, and The Greyhound, used by the gentlemen - were demolished, the grand Crown and Greyhound was built in their place as the beautiful heart of Victorian Dulwich Village.

It remains today, owned by the Dulwich Estate and characterised by high ceilings, deep relief plasterwork and original fittings, with partitioned areas dividing up its interior.

Once home to a branch of the British Poetry Association, set up by local poet, Lionel Monteith founded in 1949, for a while it was a centre for poetry, with meetings held at the Crown & Greyhound attracting guest poets such as Stephen Spender, Laurie Lee, Dannie Abse, Marie Stopes and Michael Croft.

Today, it is a great place to visit, and watch the Dulwich locals go about their business. For more information, see http://www.thecrownandgreyhound.co.uk/

^Picture © Sheep R Us used under Creative Commons^

1 comment:

  1. The best part is sitting in the sun, drinking and nibbling crisps, surrounded by flower baskets. I love it.