Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Star of Brockley

Long before Broca, Moonbow Jakes and Toadsmouth Too, non-alcoholic drinks were to be had in Brockley courtesy of the Victorian temperance movement. According to the South London Observer, 24 August 1889:

'a new lodge of the Grand Order of the Sons of the Phoenix to be known as the Star of Brockley will meet at the Temperance Refreshment Rooms, 312 Brockley Road, opposite the cemetery'. The Sons of the Phoenix were apparently a friendly society promoting abstinence from alcohol.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting... And weren't sections of Catford built without pubs, possibly for similar reasons? I know when I lived in Birkhall Rd in Catford, the nearest pub was about 30 mins walk away!