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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Ship and Shovell

One of London's most unusual pubs, The Ship & Shovell is on two sides of the street with the cellar linking the two sides below.









 
The pub is named after Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell who died, along with 900 crew, in 1707 when their ship was wrecked due to a navigation error. The loss of his ship and three other ships and their crew was such a disaster that it spurred on the search to find ways of calculating longitude. It is not known whether the Admiral's ship ' Association' broke in two or not which would explain why the pub is in two halves.  
 

The largest half of the pub has a central bar and is smartly decorated. The smaller half has wooden floors and little alcoves. Much cosier alhough quite small. Upstairs there is the 'Crow's nest' consisting of panelled rooms with open fireplaces


 

14 comments:

  1. What a marvelous, unique pub. Thanks for the history lesson. This is a wonderful way to commemorate Admiral Shovell.

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  2. Interesting post and looks like a great pub. I also enjoyed your beautiful shots of the water scenes in the preceding posts.

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  3. That is an interesting pub. I've never seen a store on both sides of the street linked together by a cellar. Quite amazing.... Even more interesting is the fact that the Admiral's ship maybe breaking in two--which would explain why the pub is in two parts... Hmmmmmmmmm....????

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. I wonder if you get kicked out of one half, whether you would be allowed into the other half.

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  5. What an interesting bar. Love the bright red exterior!

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  6. Brilliant, reminds me of the pub in Harry Poter.

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  7. What a fascinating history has this pub! Love the bold bright red colour of its entrance. Thanks for sharing (and for dropping by my blog again).

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  8. Another interesting pub full of history ! it looks real cozy !

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  9. That is very special a pub in two halves. I like the first photo with the arcades in the end.

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  10. I sure want to have a nice beer in that pub, and I would raise it to the lost ship. You have so many fine places to visit, and I'm sure glad you give me a chance to visit, too! :-)

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  11. What a neat place! Loving all that red. Have a great day!

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  12. Sounds like a very unique pub! :o)

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