The Plough Inn has stood in the centre of Wood Street in the East London Borough
of Walthamstow for more that a century and a quarter.
At the time it was built the borough was undergoing a period of rapid change.
Previously a quiet rural village - in fact Wood Street is an ancient path through
the forests that grew here - the railways brought an influx of people to live
and work in London.
Famous local people include nineteenth century writer, poet, designer and socialist
William Morris who has a museum of his work nearby and film director Alfred
Since then the pub has changed hands on many occasions. It's had it's good
times and not so good times but under it's current owners the future is looking
very bright indeed as the pub strives to establish itself as North East London's
premier venue for live entertainment.
But The Plough Inn is much more than that. It's also one of the best pubs around with a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere and some of the best real
ale in town.
The earliest know picture of the pub circa
1875. Check out the policeman outside the door and the crowd of locals taking
an interest in the photographer! [Click on the image for a larger version]
Here is the pub circa 1915 - there are motor
cars in Wood Street by now. [Click on the image for a larger version]
The pub in 2003 just before refurbishment. [Click on the image for a larger version]