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Rosemary Branch
2 Shepperton Road
N1 3DT
020 7704 6665
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Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Old Street
Rosemary Branch History

The Rosemary Branch first appears on Hole's 1594 plan of Finsbury Fields as an alehouse used by the archers near the Shoreditch boundary. The name comes the sprig of rosemary worn in the hats of The Levellers, a radical left wing group of the 1640's who held meetings at a nearby tavern. In 1783 this was taken over for a white lead works powered by two magnificent windmills, and The Rosemary Branch was rebuilt on the parish boundary. Its large tea gardens were notable for a one acre pond supplied with water from the New River which was popular for boating and skating among "the lower order of people." In the mid nineteenth century The rosemary Branch Gardens rivalled Vauxhall and these spacious and romantic grounds were used fo concerts, balls, ballooning, pony racing, equestrian displays, tightrope walking, clowning and "Drawing room Gymnastic entertainments."

The present Victorian building was renowned for its music hall. It is rumoured that Charlie Chaplin played here, Marie Lloyd and Little Titch certainly did.


Rosemary Branch
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Old Street
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