Boleyn Tavern1 Barking Road
This pub is not only a grade II listed building but it is also on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Interest and the description is as follows: “The Boleyn is a prominent landmark at a crossroads right by the former West Ham football ground. It is a thoroughly exuberant piece of French-style Renaissance architecture built in 1899-1900 by Shoebridge & Rising who were responsible for many fine pubs in London. The interior has undergone a fair amount of alteration yet good things remain. On the east side there is a tiled lobby to a corridor which retains its timber and glass screenwork. Proceeding to the back you reach the former billiard room which has a truly spectacular glazed skylight. The various doorways clearly show that the pub would have been subdivided. A very curious thing is the no less than three doors advertise the presence of private bars. The room on the corner has no interconnection with the other spaces. Other things to look out for are the attractive skylight over the former saloon on the east side, cast-iron columns and a good deal of etched glass. The central servery counter is Victorian but the back-fitting is modern: the big arch straddling the servery on the east side, however, seems original.”
The listing description is as follows: “Public House 1899-1900: W G Shoebridge and H W Rising. (Entrance consoles dated 1900). Conspicuously sited corner public house. Red brick with pointed stone or stucco enrichment. Red polished granite to pilastered ground storey. Lead to turret. 3½ storeys. Three bays to both fronts with lower extension to Green St. Large Flemish gabled dormer to each front. Octagonal corner turret with ogee dome and finial. Mullioned and transomed windows. Rusticated Ionic columns to first floor supporting enriched segmental pediments. Three rusticated segmental arches to second floor windows on Barking Road. Good interior, especially plasterwork and glass.”
The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/Boleyn Tavern
The Pub Heritage Group link is here: PHG/Boleyn Tavern
The Boleyn Tavern featured on the Daytime Crawl of SW Essex and E London in June 2006, and the Eastern Delights: Daytime Crawl of East Ham, Plaistow, Isle of Dogs and Limehouse in October 2019.