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The Propeller, Croydon, Surrey

Picture source: Brian Mortimer


The Propeller was situated on Purley Way. Demolished c. 2008, it is to be replaced by a leisure centre.
Source: Martyn Berry
I was the licensee for Luke Brady Ltd at the ‘Prop’ from Aug 1979 to Aug 1983.
During 1982 an extensive refurbishment was carried out to bring it back to its former glory. The oak bars and doors were stripped back and limed. Fire places restored, a de havilland propeller mounted over the mantle piece etc.
It was part of a chain of multiple tenancies for Luke Brady based in the Red Lion Kilburn.
There are many stories to be told, here’s just one. New Years Eve 1980, the locals had suggested fancy dress so myself and the staff dressed up. The main saloon bar was packed but no one had dressed up. At about 9.00pm the front door opened and in jumped one of the regulars (Gordon I recall) dressed as a fairy in tights and tutu..
brought the house down .
John Devoy (January 2018)

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Name Dates Comments
Terry Ryan 1948-1956 My father was the licensee and I grew up in this pub, at that time it was a Brady's Pub. I have only just found that the pub has gone, and I still have many memories of growing up in a superb British pub in particular in it's hey day.
Nora James 1950 Staff.