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Welcome Inn

Date of photo: 1961

Picture source: Ivor Palmer

The Welcome Inn was situated on Well Hall Road. This pub was built in 1926 and closed following a fire in 2006. It is now demolished and replaced by a block of flats.
I worked at the Welcome Inn approx 1976-1977. This is before it was closed and transformed into a Beefeater. I was a trainee manager there. I lived in a small room upstairs and worked 5.5 days a week for a pittance. We had the disco on a Sunday night in the hall at the back, always heaving with youngsters. We also used the hall for masonic meetings, very secret affairs they were. And of course, the back room was also used as a function room, there were not many weekends when it was not booked. The bar and lounge at the front were busy every day of the week. This was a true community pub and we had many interesting characters. My 31 year old son, in his capacity as a lorry driver, drove through Eltham last week and I decided to look up the Welcome Inn to show him where I used to work before he was born.
Julie Blakey (April 2012)
Status Quo performed their first ever gig at this pub in 1967. A blue plaque was unveiled on the site of the pub in 2010 to commemorate this event.
Tom Edwards (October 2018)

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Picture source: DillMch3