The Prince of Wales, scene of celebration and much happiness after several pivotal matches in the short but successful existence of AFC Wimbledon. Major celebrations occurred after the win over H&R at the Beveree, and the win over Staines in the play off final.
The Prince of Wales, Hartfield Road, SW19
The Prince of Wales was a 17th century coaching inn, supposedly used for rest and relaxation by Dick Turpin during his highway-man years. The current pub building dates from aound 1870, and became known as the Prince of Wales after 1891 when 20,000 British soldiers were paraded before the Kaiser on Wimbledon Common.
The Prince of Wales has a tiled step which has seen better times.
Fox & Anchor – Charterhouse Street
The impressive mosaic step lets you know exactly where you are planning to spend your evening. The Fox and Anchor pub in Charterhouse Street has been around for quite some time. The current building dates from the 1890’s, although the records show that the pub has existed at this location for a couple of centuries. Here is what it looked like before the re-build. (British History)
Nowadays, there is a good deal of ceramic work decorating the pubs frontage which was made by Doultons in Lambeth. Theres plenty of information on Doultons as the family business originally based in Lambeth evolved into the well known bone china company we know of today. There is a potted history of the Doultons ceramic business here. That page contains a whole section on the fairly humble beginning of Doultons in Lambeth.
A ceramic gargoyle detail from the current Fox and Anchor.
One of the Doulton designed and manufactured ceramic Gargoyles