UPDATE May 2017: Restored monarch in Dalston. Press this link for the news
THE SIGN that used to hang from the Queen Elizabeth, the former pub inGraham Road, London E8, immortalised as the model for the Queen Vic in BBC1’s EastEnders, has been dumped in an adjacent property. (See story below or use this hyperlink.)
The adjacent property used to comprise the rear garden of the Queen Liz and, falling victim to what developers call “garden grab”, is now the site of two near-completed two-floor detached houses built in London stock brick. Loving Dalston is told that offers should start at £600,000 each.
The painted sign at the front of the ex pub has been reinstated, so it is possible that the portrait of the monarch who lived from 1533 to 1603 is awaiting restoration and reinstatement. But it does not seem likely, which beggars the question, is Hackney prepared to lose a relic of its recent history?
Loving Dalston will put the question to relevant bodies and report their answers.
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