Esoteric London

No. 686: Panton Street, SW1

Posted in Pubs, Sport by esotericlondon on October 15, 2012

Tom Cribb, Panton Street, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From the plaque on the exterior wall of the Tom Cribb public house:

Tom Cribb was the British bare-knuckle boxing champion between 1809 and 1822 and had his first fight in 1805 after returning from the navy.

Cribb became a coal porter at Wapping and was known by the nickname ‘The Black Diamond’.

The pub, which appears to date from the early 1900’s, was widely known as ‘Cribb’s Parlour’ and featured in M.W.Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and was also referred to by Arthur Conan Doyle in Rodney Stone as ‘Tom Cribb’s Salon’. Its name was officially changed in 1960 in his honour.

[ The Tom Cribb pub is owned by Shepherd Neame Britain’s oldest brewer with an official founding date of 1698. To find out more about the brewery and its ales visit the company’s website by clicking here. For another pub with a pugilistic connection see post No. 113 by clicking here.  R.D.]

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  1. Jonas said, on October 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I love it, The Black Diamond!

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