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The Railway Hotel

Hob Uid: 1440043
Location :
Greater London Authority
Harrow
Grid Ref : TQ1549889343
Summary : The site of the Railway Hotel, a Victorian hotel and public house associated with Harrow and Wealdstone Station, on Railway Approach (historically named Marlborough Street). The building is indicated on Ordnance Survey historical mapping of 1843-1893. The Railway Hotel was a three storey brick building. In the 1950s it was also used as a jazz club and during the early to mid 1960s the building was the venue for a Rhythm and Blues club, known as The Bluesday. This club hosted groups such as The Who: this group later featured the building on one of their album covers. After a period of dereliction the building was badly damaged by a fire, it was demolished and the site redeveloped as blocks of flats: the buildings, such as Moon House and Daltrey House have been named after members of The Who.
More information : Railway Hotel: shown on OS historical mapping Epoch 1, 1843-1893, at TQ 15498 89343. (1)

The Railway Hotel: Harrow and Wealdsone, Station Approach. In the 1950s it was used as a jazz club and from 1962-1964 the building was the venue for a Rhythm and Blues club, known as The Bluesday. This club hosted groups such as The Who., allegedly this was the venue where guitarist Pete Townsend first destroyed his guitar as part of the group's stage act. The group later featured the building on one of their album covers. (2)

After a period of dereliction the building was badly damaged by a fire. (3)

The famous Railway Hotel was demolished and the site redeveloped as blocks of flats by the Dominion Housing Group: the buildings, such as Moon House and Daltrey House have been named after members of The Who, because of the association of that group with the former venue. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500, 1843-1893.
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Bacon T, 1999: "London Live", Balafon Books.
Page(s) : 64, 144-145
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Source Number : 3
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Carlo Little. Undated. Fire Destroys The Home of Rock Legends <> [Accessed 20-MAR-2006].
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Source Number : 4
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Dominion Housing Group. 2006. Railway Hotel <> [Accessed 20-MAR-2006].
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Victorian
Display Date : Noted 1843-1893
Monument End Date : 1893
Monument Start Date : 1843
Monument Type : Hotel, Public House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Use in 1950s
Monument End Date : 1950
Monument Start Date : 1950
Monument Type : Jazz Club
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Use 1962-1964
Monument End Date : 1966
Monument Start Date : 1962
Monument Type : Rhythm And Blues Club
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Site use 2006
Monument End Date : 2006
Monument Start Date : 2006
Monument Type : Flats
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 18 NE 44
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