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THE ALEXANDRA -  LYNDHURST ROAD- 1830
       
   

The Alex, as it's known locally, has always been a bit of a mystery to me. It is a very large building purported to have been built c1830 but I can only find records of a landlord from 1871. It may have been named after Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), wife of Edward VII.

This, however, does not exclude the building from, at that time, being some type of hostelry as no resident would have built a home right on the road edge unless it was to capture passing trade. Despite its location some distance from the high street in a then under developed area, we can clearly see in the old pictures a bus timetable on the wall.

It is thought to have been remodelled in 1898.

 

   
   
2015 REFIT - NEW LANDLORD

 

A complete refit has refreshed this pub giving it a light and airy environment. Although very much open plan, there are clear sections for recreation, dining and just having a chat.

 Left is an old bakelite light switch cluster discovered during renovations.

COME INTO THE GARDEN MAUD!

 

Benefiting hugely from a large south facing garden, it comes complete with a Bar-B-Que bar.

DOWN IN THE BOWELS
   

Known Landlords
1871 - William Howard
1874 - William Howard (Alexandra Tavern)
1878 - Sarah Howard (Alexandra Tavern)
1886 - Thomas John Martin (Alexandra Tavern)
1891 - William Cole (Alexandra Hotel)
1892 - William Cole
1899 - William Cole
1901 - William J Cole
1905 - Horace William Symonds
1918 - Horace Symonds
1927 - E J Blake
1931 - Mrs Blake
1970s - Thomas Jones
1980 - 1990's Steve Williams
1985 - 1988 - Margaret Benn
1990's later Bill Argent
2009 - John Cooper