Windsor CastleThe Windsor Castle
36 St John's Hill
This pub is not a listed building but it is one of London's Real Heritage Pubs.
This drinkers' pub is just up the hill from the main entrance to Clapham Junction railway station. It is a classic example of a 'brewers' Tudor' pub which still conveys much of its original layout and feel. Across the front is a smallish public bar with typical inter-war wall panelling. But what really matters is the back room which is probably the result of an amalgamation of two. The rear part is a first-rate example of one of a 'brewers' Tudor' attempt at creating a medieval-style hall. This one has panelled walls and hefty, rustically treated timbers to the roof trusses - no doubt concealing very unTudor steel beams. Note how much use is made of imitation adzed tooling on the timbers to enhance ye olde effect. There are also dormer windows and an attractive brick fire surround. The bar counters seem original work but there has been much renewal in the back fittings.
History in the area: Battersea was famous for its market gardens and especially for its asparagus which was sold in 'Battersea bundles'. From the late 17th century several industries flourished including copper works, lime works and milling.
The Windsor Castle featured on the Evening Crawl of Battersea and Wandsworth in December 2007, and the From the Crimea to Death's Door via Cats, Birds and Breweries: Evening Crawl of Wandsworth and Battersea in April 2013. It was re-named The Junction in November 2013.