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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd October 1960 Charlton Athletic Football Club draw 6-6 against Middlesborough.
22nd October 1941 Born today: Charles Keating, London England, actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World)
22nd October 1938 Actor Derek Jacobi, was born in Leytonstone, London.
22nd October 1910 Millwall open their new ground The Den after 4 previous grounds on Isle of Dogs.
22nd October 1904 QPR Football Club play their first game at their new ground Loftus Road.
22nd October 1897 World's 1st car dealer opens in London.
The Dog and Fox
The closest pub to the All England Lawn Tennis Club - enjoy!
Location: 24 High Street, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5EA
Description: The Dog and Fox is a landmark public house right in the heart of leafy Wimbledon Village, SW19.
As the closest pub to the All England Lawn Tennis Club the pub has become synonymous with the tennis, both to the crowds who stroll up the hill after a warm day in the sun, and to the players, coaches and racket stringers who have come to love the atmosphere of one of the most famous pubs in London.
The Dog & Fox is mentioned in a 1617 survey as 'The Sign of My Lords Arms an Inn by Wimbledon Pound'. It had eight rooms, two butteries, two barns and a stable. But the present building began as a farmhouse in the 18th century and the name Dog and Fox is from the same period. There were extensive out-buildings, coach houses, barns and orchards.
It was used in 1797 for meetings for Volunteers, a forerunner of the Home Guard set up to repel any Napoleonic invasion, and the land behind the inn was used to drill the men. At the annual fair, booths and stalls stretched from the Dog and Fox to the Rose and Crown, with a theatre and menagerie, but local landowners were anxious about the tone of the neighbourhood and the fair was suppressed in 1840.
In 1816, the pub was assigned, minus the fields to G. Tritton, the brewer and then in 1834 to Young’s. It was rebuilt in 1869 and set back from the road due to widening of the High Street, but it still included ‘yards, garden, coach houses, stable, granary sheds, bowling green and paddock.'
It has undergone a number of transformations over the years, most recently refurbished to a very high standard and reopened in December 2006.
It was once regularly frequented by hellraiser Oliver Reed.