Ravensbury Arms

Pub that stood on the north side of Croydon Road near the junction with Carshalton Road. It was next to the Blue Houses, and so was also known as the Blue House pub. These blue houses were possibly built to house workers who built the Surrey Iron Railway at the beginning of the 19th century. One mile further along this Croydon Road, towards Croydon, stood the Jolly Gardeners which was known as the Red House. The bridge over the railway line is called Blue Houses Bridge.

The original wooden building was replaced by a mock Tudor one in 1906.

Summary of ownership

1939 : sold by Nalders & Collyer Brewery Ltd of Croydon to Ind Coope.
2010 : sold by Mitchells and Butler Retail Ltd to Zannah Ltd.
2011 : 20-year lease sold to Butcher and Barrel Ltd, which had 2 other pubs, but went bust in 2013.

2013 : sold the freehold to A.N.A. Land Ltd for £860,000.
2015 : the lease was sold to VP Lounges Ltd for £90,000.

It is assumed that the ‘VP’ refers to the company’s directors Vidur and Parin Patel. Currently, in 2017, the pub is an Asian restaurant and night club, called The Ravensbury.

Merton Memories Photos

Ravensbury Arms owned by Courage Brewery. This clip is from Merton Memories photo 33324 and is copyright London Borough of Merton

Ravensbury Arms when owned by Nalder & Collyer. This clip is from Merton Memories photo 33112 and is copyright London Borough of Merton

Ravensbury Arms in 1989 when owned by Taylor Walker. This clip is from Merton Memories photo 49013 and is copyright London Borough of Merton.

The ‘1906’
shown was when this pub was rebuilt. Clip from Merton Memories photo 49027 and is copyright London Borough of Merton.


Maps

1953 OS map

1910 OS Map


Landlords
From 1851 and 1855 directory : Edward Harry CLOWSER

1903 : Harriet VERNEY
(from Licensed Victuallers)

1905 to 1951 : Fred BENTLEY
(from Electoral Register to 1939, and obituary in 1951 newspaper, see below)

1952 to 1958 : John and Stella DAWSON (from The Tatler)


Newspaper Article Index

Story Details Newspaper Date Page
Death of Mr Fred Bentley Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser 25/10/1951 5
Historical Note Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser 01/11/1951 4
Looking in at your local Mitcham News and Mercury 01/11/1974 8
The ??? landed letter Mitcham News and Mercury 14/09/1979 18
Landlord is finalist in ‘top innkeeper’ competition Mitcham and Morden Guardian 05/09/1991 5
Euro trip for winning at wining wins prize in Grants of St James’s Wine Awards Mitcham and Morden Guardian 26/11/1992 3

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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