Buy a piece of Charlton drinking – and football – history


Fancy owning a little bit of a vanished Charlton pub? The sign from the demolished Valley boozer on Elliscombe Road has gone up for sale on eBay to raise funds for work in the local community.

The pub was opened in the mid-1960s by Charlton Athletic and England winger Harold Hobbis, who was its first landlord, and for many years it was a matchday favourite for Addicks fans.

But it fell into decline in its later years, and closed in 2008 following a robbery. It was demolished this summer to make way for a development of flats. However, work has stalled on the site following news that the developer has gone bust.

More happily, the sign at the front has been kept, and is now being sold by the Charlton Central Residents Association to buy plants and bulbs to make the following corners more attractive…

  • Junction of Nadine Street and Charlton Church Lane
  • Junction of Wellington Mews at with Wellington Gardens
  • Junction of Fossdene Road and Inverine Road
  • Front of St. Richard’s hall on Swallowfield Road
  • Junction of Nadine Streer and Gologolly Terrace

So if you drank in The Valley as a local or an Addicks fan, or know someone who did and fancy buying them an unforgettable Christmas present, then get bidding. And in case you were wondering, the big photo of the football ground inside the pub was sold a couple of years back.

The Charlton Central Residents Association represents people who live in an area bounded by (but not including) Charlton Church Lane, Victoria Way, Springfield estate and the railway line. People who live in adjacent streets can now apply for associate membership – if you want to find out more about it, here’s the latest members’ bulletin and newsletter.

About Darryl Chamberlain

Journalist, SE Londoner.
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3 Responses to Buy a piece of Charlton drinking – and football – history

  1. Brenda says:

    Well done for linking on the Charlton site. I hope the CCRA are very grateful to you?!

  2. laurelleSE3 says:

    Does anyone know who the artist is who painted this sign?

  3. Paul says:

    Hi, I just bought this today (a year later) on an eBay auction – were there two signs?

    I would love to know who the artist was too

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