Fifty Pubs of Brentford

Alfred Pearce wrote it in 1948 when he was seventy-four years old (his family ran the Alexandra pub in the High Street).He starts at the Star and Garter, Kew Bridge Road and proceeds westwards along Brentford High Street, across Brentford Bridge to London Road.

When I was knighted with a STAR AND GARTER
I was pushed into an EXPRESS
On my way to OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
I smashed into a PLOUGH
And stood aside by the WAGGON AND HORSES
Little beyond a JOLLY TAR
With a LAMB by his side
Receiving a SALUTATION
Presently FOX AND HOUNDS dashed by
A beautiful HAND AND FLOWER
When I met the MARQUIS OF GRANBY
He fell into the QUEEN’S ARMS
Tugging with a BARGE AGROUND
A BULL stared me in the face
As I crossed by the BREWERY TAP and the ROYAL HOTEL
The PRINCE OF WALES stood on the other side
Up above HALF MOON and SEVEN STARS
With a GLITTERING STAR by its side
Cross yonder stood a DRUM
Attacked by a LION
When I reached the ALEXANDRA
I shook hands with GEORGE THE FOURTH
He advised to salute THE WATERMAN’S ARMS
Then I was back into the KING’S ARMS*
Up went the roaring CANNON
At the RISING SUN I tried to lift ONE TON
While BRITANNIA stood to one side
And I met the DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
He told me he had lost his FEATHERS
A little beyond a BEEHIVE
And a BLACK BOY AND STILL
Playing with a CATHERINE WHEEL
As I crossed the BARLEY MOW
There was a magnificent CASTLE
Near by stood a LION
THREE PIGEONS overhead
With MAGPIE AND STUMP
Beside it MAGPIE AND CROWN
TWO BLACK BOYS rang SIX BELLS
Stood staunch with THE MAGNET with LORD NELSON
I got in the JUNCTION ARMS
They pushed me into the DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND
Beyond stood GEORGE AND DRAGON
The STANDARD floating high
With the ANGEL of peace
When the COACH AND HORSES passed by.

(Links will be added to all the pubs mentioned)

* 273 Brentford High Street, not the current King’s Arms