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Jarrow: The Albion Public House

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, there were over 20 public houses in Jarrow. The Albion pictured here was purpose-built for the job in 1865. The license for running the Albion Public House back in 1925, when this picture was taken, was in the safe hands of S Pattinson.

The Albion Public House
The Albion Public House took approx. 1925
Frontal view of the Crusaders public house took approx. 1925
Albion now known as The Jarrow Crusaders

like all these types of buildings the proprietor’s name appeared on a panel above the main entrance. Windows of public houses and Turf Accountants were partially draped to avoid the young prying eyes of the times, it also allowed customers their privacy. This particular public house has served ale/beer for some 140-plus years.

The picture of the Albion Hotel (top photo) in the Here and Now above, no longer called the Albion reflects the history of the area and takes its new name The Jarrow Crusaders as a tribute to the men and women who took part in the 1936 Jarrow Crusade to London march by unemployed workers.

Visual reference for post
The Albion Gin and Ale House After Fire

The Albion has changed its name from The Jarrow Crusaders back to its original name. Sadly before I could get down to update my web page I heard an investigation had been launched into a fire that had all but guted the place.

A fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning, October 31st. Eight fire engines attended the blaze. It had been reported that 34 firefighters and two officers worked to bring the blaze under control. No one was believed to be in the building at the time of the fire.

The Albion Gin & Ale House (its new name) is in the vicinity of Jarrow town center (Walter Street), a joint investigation with Northumbria Police is underway to determine the cause of the fire. (nobody was hurt in the fire)

The ghosts of the Jarrow Marches who I presume would have frequented the public house back in the day must not like the idea of the name change (Ho Ho Ho).

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