Every time I walk past this building on the corner of Finsbury Gardens I wonder about its history as a pub. Then I stumbled across this photo of it on Flickr and a link to the pubology website which says it was the Finsbury Arms between 1896 and 1935. This links off to another website which gives the landlord's name from 1896 - Joseph Wainwright.

Does anyone know anything more about it? Would love to see a picture of it in its heyday. 

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Joseph Wainwright (aged 58) and his 51 year old wife, Matilda, are listed as living at 'The Finsbury Arms' in the 1891 Census, along with their 15 year old niece, Kate Green. Instead of their  occupation being listed as 'Licenced Victualler' the couple are described as 'Ale, wine & sprit dealers'.

No pub or publicans are listed in Truro Road in the 1881 Census. However, 44 year old Licenced Victualler William Morgan and his 28 year old spouse, Annie, are listed as living in Truro Road (no mention of the pub) in the 1871 Census.

Whilst this is hardly conclusive, the architectural similarities between this building and the nearby Prince of Wales (built in 1868) are striking, especially the upper windows, the rendering and the single storey extension - possibly and originally billiards halls with skylights for natural lighting.


Thanks Richard, you're right, they are very similar buildings. 


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