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Ten years ago today I created the 281st post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.
According to a map of the time, the Hare and Hounds pub has been on this site since at least 1914, but it may have begun as a sideline for a tenant farmer in the 1860s, a licensed victualler called Samuel Harbroe. The licence changed hands every ten years or so until the 1930s. The building seems to take up the same footprint with some extensions and embellishments, a really lovely pub with a roof that sweeps down on one side and a frieze of a hare chased by hounds under the central gable. In a part of Greenford that seems to be a little more lost in time than the rest, somehow reinforced by the fact that I couldn’t reach this Marston’s pub’s website, it wouldn’t surprise me if among today’s clientele there are descendants of those who could be found sitting outside chewing a stem of grass a hundred and fifty years ago. This is definitely the place to visit if you want to know what Greenford was like in the past.
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