King's Head, Merton High Street

King's Head, Merton High Street

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1902
Area Merton
Picture Reference MerMor_​10_​2-29
Original Format Photo
Notes / History During Nelson’s Day, the “King’s Head” was one of a number of local coaching inns, offering food and drink, stabling for horses and accommodation for weary travellers. Service came at a cost, the bill for a local churchwarden’s dinner in 1801, totalled seventeen pounds, ten shillings and twopence, a truly vast sum.

In addition to the larger inns, there were a number of small beer-houses in the Merton area. These served home brewed ale in the equivalent of a front room. Some inn’s offered simple entertainment, such as singing, or dice-games, (although the church authorities were quick to challenge any form of gambling).

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