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Monday, 13 June 2011

Champion, The Wonder Pub

The Champion, that fine Sam Smith's pub on Wells Street, is well known for it's excellent stained glass but I couldn't find a full set of photos anywhere on the net. So to remedy that, here are images and the accompanying text for all the major panels, please click on them to enlarge.

David Livingstone
DAVID LIVINGSTONE
Originally sent to Africa as a missionary, he explored and mapped vast areas of the continent.
1813-1873


Captain Matthew Webb
CAPT. MATTHEW WEBB
Was the first to swim the English Channel (30 miles in 21 hours) he died swimming across Niagara Falls.
1848-1883


Edward Whymper
EDWARD WHYMPER
Became a traveller and mountaineer first man to climb the Matterhorn and Chimborazo in the Andes
1840-1911



Queen Victoria's Reign
VRI
[Victoria Regina Imperatrix]
1837-1901
Earl of Mayo
EARL OF MAYO
Richard Bourke an ideal Viceroy and one of the best loved of the rulers of British India
1823-1872


W.G. Grace
W.G. GRACE
A legendary figure whose all round ability and enthusiasm dominated cricket for over thirty years
1848-1915


Florence Nightingale
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
Gained professional status for nurses and raised hospital standards, especially in the Crimea
1820-1910


Bob Fitzsimmons
BOB FITZSIMMONS
“Ruby Robert” is the only Englishman to win three world titles at different weights
1862-1917


Young Tom Morris
YOUNG TOM MORRIS
Won four consecutive Open Championships, the first at the age of 17
1851-1875


Captain Bertie Dwyer
CAPT BERTIE DWYER
“Flying” Bertie Dwyer was one of the early Cresta riders, a President of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club and winner of several trophies
1872-1967


Fred Archer
FRED ARCHER
Possibly the greatest jockey ever, being Champion jockey for thirteen consecutive years, with twenty-one Classic victories
1857-1886


William M. Renshaw
WILLIAM M. RENSHAW
Winner of seven singles and seven doubles cups, he with his brother, made Lawn Tennis into a sport
1861-1904


This little pub, near the eastern end of Oxford Street is a multi-coloured gem. It's the next best thing to having a pint of Alpine in a cathedral.


The Grade II listed pub dates from c 1860-1870 but the Victorian and Edwardian heroes and heroines are actually a quite recent addition. They were commissioned from stained glass artist Ann Sotheran and were completed in 1989, over a century after the pub first opened. More on the artist from her website here.

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2 Comments:

At 12 August 2011 at 19:10 , Blogger Ben Fortney said...

Wow, thanks for sharing the great shots. Came across the site while looking for exactly these photos via Google (your way down the image search page though.)

The Champion was my "home away from home" the 2 years I was living in London, these bring back some great memories. Will make sure to share the page with my drinking buddies. I seem to remember The Angel in the Field in Marylebone having some great windows too.

 
At 15 August 2011 at 08:46 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Hi Ben,

Thank you for this. I am really pleased you liked them and they brought back good memories.

I will feature the Angel in the Fields soon. The floral windows there are some of my favourites too.

I am in the process of moving this blog to another domain and hope that helps with the search rankings, making it easier to find!

All the very best,

Pete

 

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