The Friar Tuck, British Restaurant, Mitcham

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1943
Area Mitcham
Picture Reference Mit_​War_​3-12
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Detail of the murals painted to decorate one of the 6 British Restaurants or Communal Kitchens set up in Mitcham during World War II. The murals depict the various stories connected with Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

In the middle of 1940 the Ministry of Food decreed that communal kitchens be set up in London to feed people who had been bombed out and therefore had no cooking facilities and also to accommodate people working in companies that no canteens. The idea spread throughout the country but was embraced more enthusiastically in London than in other places.

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