Thomas O’Donoghue in Grundy Street, Poplar in 1877 and the Royal Charlie pub
By Rod O’Donoghue
In 1877, when their daughter Mary Ann was born, Thomas and Mary O’Donoghue (my great grandparents) lived at 54 Grundy Street, Poplar. Grundy Street ran into Chrisp Street then and still does.
At the end of Grundy Street in Chrisp Street today is a pub called the Royal Charlie. Here’s a picture from the net.
I looked for more and found this http://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/Bromley/RoyalCharlie.shtml
My uncle Bernie once told me that No.54 was up the Chrisp Street end. I have this image of Thomas and his mates walking down the road to have a pint in this pub – very evocative.
One day I will go to the Tower Hamlets library and see if I can find an earlier picture of pub and street.
Sadly today the pub is for sale and looks rather run down with gaps on each side.