Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Rapidly in the wake of The Flowers of the Forest follows The Equestrian, the buttress on the other end of the former theatre building. I thought that I might as well include a post on this as much of the directory digging, etc. has already been done, so this one shouldn't take too long - to produce or to read.
It seems that earlier in life it was the Equestrian Coffee House. Mrs Johnson's Equestrian Coffee House appears in Holden's 1811 directory and Mary Johnson features in Surrey's list of licensed victuallers at St. George's Circus even earlier than that. By 1839, after the Surrey Theatre was constructed, it was in the hands of George and Joseph Kerschner. Whether that's the same Joseph Kerschner who was in the Flowers of the Forest in 1860 I can't be sure, but if not he was almost certainly related.
The theatre and pub burned down and were rebuilt in 1865.
The Equestrian was lost, along with seventeen firefighters, in an air raid on 10th/11th May 1941. The whole site is now occupied by London South Bank University's McLaren House.
That's it! I said that it would be a quick one. The next one might be a little longer.
The image of the Thomas Dale engraving is © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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