Bakers Arms pub in Leyton re-opens as bookmakers

LEYTON: Historic pub re-opens as bookmakers

The new Paddy Power bookies at the former Bakers Arms

The Bakers Arms in 1905, courtesy of Vestry House Museum

The Bakers Arms in 1960, courtesy of Vestry House Museum

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A CENTURY-old landmark pub re-opened today as a bookmakers.

The Baker's Arms, at the junction of Lea Bridge Road and Leyton High Road, has been a public house since the early 19th Century – even having the cross roads junction named after it.

But today it was opened by the UK's fastest growing betting retailer, Paddy Power, following weeks of refurbishment.

John Pardoe, 56, chairman of the East London branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said it was shame to lose another pub in the borough, but that the pub had lost popularity as a community pub a long time ago.

He said: “It is a historical landmark because a pub has been there since they had trams running up and down Leyton High Road. But I don't think the Bakers Arms had been respected by many locals for 20 or 30 years.

“It became a pub many people didn't feel comfortable in. It is an unfortunate occurrence that is happening on a large scale throughout the country with people not using their locals.”

The bookies, which has created six jobs, opened its doors today and is offering punters offers on various betting markets throughout the week.

Paddy Power said: “We are delighted to be coming to the Bakers Arms area and with our location at such a historic landmark hope to play an active part in the community.”

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6:56pm Mon 22 Feb 10

Techno2 says...

Just what the borough needs. Yet another betting shop to hoover up the punters' cash from our local economy and deliver it elsewhere.
Just what the borough needs. Yet another betting shop to hoover up the punters' cash from our local economy and deliver it elsewhere. Techno2
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12:47am Tue 23 Feb 10

Oggers76 says...

I wouldn't have gone drinking in The Baker's Arms pub in the state it had gotten into. Still I am a little sad as I walk past the place every day and when it was being refurbished, I hoped they would make it into a nice pub. Shame!
I wouldn't have gone drinking in The Baker's Arms pub in the state it had gotten into. Still I am a little sad as I walk past the place every day and when it was being refurbished, I hoped they would make it into a nice pub. Shame! Oggers76
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8:28am Tue 23 Feb 10

newyear says...

Sad that the best we seem to be able to aspire to in this borough is cheerless pubs, 99p stores and betting shops. Poverty is a sad reality in this, of course, but poverty of aspiration is even sadder.
Sad that the best we seem to be able to aspire to in this borough is cheerless pubs, 99p stores and betting shops. Poverty is a sad reality in this, of course, but poverty of aspiration is even sadder. newyear
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11:51am Tue 23 Feb 10

Fedupwithitall says...

Newyear is right - that just about sums up the aspirations for this borough. What were the local councillors doing to try to save such a historic landmark? I've decided Councillors have no real interest in this borough and the Council officers all live in nice leafy suburbs away from LBWF. I heard Cllr Pye at a Community Council meeting some time ago say with pride that people come from all over London to visit the Primark and Matalan in Leytonstone! Well that's fine but why we can't aspire to attract more up market retailers...
Newyear is right - that just about sums up the aspirations for this borough. What were the local councillors doing to try to save such a historic landmark? I've decided Councillors have no real interest in this borough and the Council officers all live in nice leafy suburbs away from LBWF. I heard Cllr Pye at a Community Council meeting some time ago say with pride that people come from all over London to visit the Primark and Matalan in Leytonstone! Well that's fine but why we can't aspire to attract more up market retailers... Fedupwithitall
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11:55am Tue 23 Feb 10

newyear says...

Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!!
Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!! newyear
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1:47pm Tue 23 Feb 10

RichieA70 says...

newyear wrote:
Sad that the best we seem to be able to aspire to in this borough is cheerless pubs, 99p stores and betting shops. Poverty is a sad reality in this, of course, but poverty of aspiration is even sadder.
Excellent comment. Our councillors seem happy to keep aspirations to these levels. A once prosperous area slidding downhill, despite great efforts from many in the community.
[quote][p][bold]newyear[/bold] wrote: Sad that the best we seem to be able to aspire to in this borough is cheerless pubs, 99p stores and betting shops. Poverty is a sad reality in this, of course, but poverty of aspiration is even sadder.[/p][/quote]Excellent comment. Our councillors seem happy to keep aspirations to these levels. A once prosperous area slidding downhill, despite great efforts from many in the community. RichieA70
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2:16pm Tue 23 Feb 10

jrp says...

Is there not another bookies 2 doors away? Brilliant planning decision!
Is there not another bookies 2 doors away? Brilliant planning decision! jrp
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2:27pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Fedupwithitall says...

newyear wrote:
Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!!
It doesn't have to be an M&S -:)
I'm not trying to turn it into Chiswick High Street. I choose to live in Waltham Forest because of the diversity and vibrancy but that doesn't mean we have to aspire to shabby pound shops, betting shops and Matalan.
[quote][p][bold]newyear[/bold] wrote: Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!![/p][/quote]It doesn't have to be an M&S -:) I'm not trying to turn it into Chiswick High Street. I choose to live in Waltham Forest because of the diversity and vibrancy but that doesn't mean we have to aspire to shabby pound shops, betting shops and Matalan. Fedupwithitall
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4:01pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Avenueroad says...

Fedupwithitall says
"I heard Cllr Pye at a Community Council meeting some time ago say with pride that people come from all over London to visit the Primark and Matalan in Leytonstone!"

This would be the same Cllr Pye who informed me that Leytonstone has a diverse shopping area, and why would anyone come from all over London, when there is a Primark and Matalan, in every area of London. She really does live in cuckoo land, but then most of our Councillors do, WF has become, an area for Chicken shops, Bookies, pound shops or Charity shops. Do they feel proud, how can they, who remembers Bearmans, thats when we were proud of our Borough, thats when people can from all over London.
Fedupwithitall says "I heard Cllr Pye at a Community Council meeting some time ago say with pride that people come from all over London to visit the Primark and Matalan in Leytonstone!" This would be the same Cllr Pye who informed me that Leytonstone has a diverse shopping area, and why would anyone come from all over London, when there is a Primark and Matalan, in every area of London. She really does live in cuckoo land, but then most of our Councillors do, WF has become, an area for Chicken shops, Bookies, pound shops or Charity shops. Do they feel proud, how can they, who remembers Bearmans, thats when we were proud of our Borough, thats when people can from all over London. Avenueroad
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4:04pm Tue 23 Feb 10

EWX says...

There used to be a Marks and Spencers in Walthamstow High Street. And a British Homes Stores and another branch in Leytonstone.
And a Sainsburys and Boots at the Bakers Arms. Gees the drapers, Foster Bros menswear, Sally's fine china and Kitchencraft.
I couldn't make out what was happening to the Bakers when I went past on Boxing day after my trip to the cemetery. Like Oggers 76 I hoped it was being refurbished into a nice pub again. What has happened to the old ceramic tile mural of the Baker? Does anybody know?
There used to be a Marks and Spencers in Walthamstow High Street. And a British Homes Stores and another branch in Leytonstone. And a Sainsburys and Boots at the Bakers Arms. Gees the drapers, Foster Bros menswear, Sally's fine china and Kitchencraft. I couldn't make out what was happening to the Bakers when I went past on Boxing day after my trip to the cemetery. Like Oggers 76 I hoped it was being refurbished into a nice pub again. What has happened to the old ceramic tile mural of the Baker? Does anybody know? EWX
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4:09pm Tue 23 Feb 10

EWX says...

And Bearmans as the post above says. It was a beautiful shop.
My best friend was a Saturday girl there while I was at Curtess shoes next to Woolworths.
Only Ditchfields remains of the good shops and that is much smaller than it was.
And Bearmans as the post above says. It was a beautiful shop. My best friend was a Saturday girl there while I was at Curtess shoes next to Woolworths. Only Ditchfields remains of the good shops and that is much smaller than it was. EWX
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5:20pm Tue 23 Feb 10

Fedupwithitall says...

Couldn't agree more EWX & Avenueroad, Bearmans was a lovely store. I used to go shopping with my mum in there on a Saturday afternoon when I was a child and she'd treat me to a chocolate eclair in the cafe. We might be looking back with rose tinted glasses, but there's no crime in wanting decent local shops and to restore some pride in our area.
Couldn't agree more EWX & Avenueroad, Bearmans was a lovely store. I used to go shopping with my mum in there on a Saturday afternoon when I was a child and she'd treat me to a chocolate eclair in the cafe. We might be looking back with rose tinted glasses, but there's no crime in wanting decent local shops and to restore some pride in our area. Fedupwithitall
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6:24pm Tue 23 Feb 10

hotredman says...

Fedupwithitall wrote:
newyear wrote: Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!!
It doesn't have to be an M&S -:) I'm not trying to turn it into Chiswick High Street. I choose to live in Waltham Forest because of the diversity and vibrancy but that doesn't mean we have to aspire to shabby pound shops, betting shops and Matalan.
There is an M&S in Hackney, does it makeit more upmarket than WF?
I was suprised to see it a betting shop. I know previous owners lost the licence due to running late music and selling drinks past its time; even though it was doing well in terms of trade.
[quote][p][bold]Fedupwithitall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newyear[/bold] wrote: Oh, for an M&S on the Arcade ste, Fedupwithitall!!![/p][/quote]It doesn't have to be an M&S -:) I'm not trying to turn it into Chiswick High Street. I choose to live in Waltham Forest because of the diversity and vibrancy but that doesn't mean we have to aspire to shabby pound shops, betting shops and Matalan.[/p][/quote]There is an M&S in Hackney, does it makeit more upmarket than WF? I was suprised to see it a betting shop. I know previous owners lost the licence due to running late music and selling drinks past its time; even though it was doing well in terms of trade. hotredman
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9:07am Wed 24 Feb 10

Redfox says...

How much ill-informed comment about "an historic pub" ! Since when is 100 years historic? What on earth are they teaching at schools these days.
300, 400 years is historic, nay even ancient. A mere century is just that nowhere near qualifying a historic tag to it.
Try the Duke's Head in Wood Street, now that's truly historic and well worth the proper use of the description. Wragg's omnibuses-horse drawn too, started from there the first such regular daily travel from this area into the City in the 1700's, terminating at Bishopsgate.
EWX is right to pose the question what about an old artifact of the pub. Yet another startling failure by Waltham Forest's 'conservation officer' who has failed in his civic duty to protect the Granada/EMD cinema, the Dominion cinema/Gala Bingo Hall and Chingford Pumping Station. Have you seen the state of them ALL?
How much ill-informed comment about "an historic pub" ! Since when is 100 years historic? What on earth are they teaching at schools these days. 300, 400 years is historic, nay even ancient. A mere century is just that nowhere near qualifying a historic tag to it. Try the Duke's Head in Wood Street, now that's truly historic and well worth the proper use of the description. Wragg's omnibuses-horse drawn too, started from there the first such regular daily travel from this area into the City in the 1700's, terminating at Bishopsgate. EWX is right to pose the question what about an old artifact of the pub. Yet another startling failure by Waltham Forest's 'conservation officer' who has failed in his civic duty to protect the Granada/EMD cinema, the Dominion cinema/Gala Bingo Hall and Chingford Pumping Station. Have you seen the state of them ALL? Redfox
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3:02pm Wed 24 Feb 10

newyear says...

I wasn't being facetious about an M&S, Fedupwithitall, and I agree with hotredman that having an M&S doesn't imply that an area is 'poncey'. If I aspired to a John Lewis or Harvey Nichols then I would really have lost the plot but just to raise our game a little above the lowest common denominator would be good.
I wasn't being facetious about an M&S, Fedupwithitall, and I agree with hotredman that having an M&S doesn't imply that an area is 'poncey'. If I aspired to a John Lewis or Harvey Nichols then I would really have lost the plot but just to raise our game a little above the lowest common denominator would be good. newyear
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8:42pm Wed 24 Feb 10

EWX says...

The M&S in Hackney Narrow way is only a food outlet. The M&S clothing store in Dalston went a good 10 years before Walthamstow lost the branch at the bottom of Walthamstow High Street.
A Marks will always be a draw to a shopping centre but I get the impression management are closing stores rather than opening new ones.
The M&S in Hackney Narrow way is only a food outlet. The M&S clothing store in Dalston went a good 10 years before Walthamstow lost the branch at the bottom of Walthamstow High Street. A Marks will always be a draw to a shopping centre but I get the impression management are closing stores rather than opening new ones. EWX
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5:53pm Fri 26 Feb 10

Garlic Felix says...

This is great news as it is almost impossible to get on a roulette machine these days as they all seem to have a queue on each one.


Why can they not just have a mix of beer and betting? at least you would not have to get wet going to put a bet on. Was a grotty old pub anyway and much brighter. shame the east european strippers have gone, they used to make an old man happy.
This is great news as it is almost impossible to get on a roulette machine these days as they all seem to have a queue on each one. Why can they not just have a mix of beer and betting? at least you would not have to get wet going to put a bet on. Was a grotty old pub anyway and much brighter. shame the east european strippers have gone, they used to make an old man happy. Garlic Felix
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5:53pm Fri 26 Feb 10

Garlic Felix says...

This is great news as it is almost impossible to get on a roulette machine these days as they all seem to have a queue on each one.


Why can they not just have a mix of beer and betting? at least you would not have to get wet going to put a bet on. Was a grotty old pub anyway and much brighter. shame the east european strippers have gone, they used to make an old man happy.
This is great news as it is almost impossible to get on a roulette machine these days as they all seem to have a queue on each one. Why can they not just have a mix of beer and betting? at least you would not have to get wet going to put a bet on. Was a grotty old pub anyway and much brighter. shame the east european strippers have gone, they used to make an old man happy. Garlic Felix
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8:25pm Fri 26 Feb 10

newyear says...

Or as WC Fiekls (I think) said, "a happy man very old", eh, Garlic Felix. He certainly said "I drink with impunity - and anyone else who invites me"!
Or as WC Fiekls (I think) said, "a happy man very old", eh, Garlic Felix. He certainly said "I drink with impunity - and anyone else who invites me"! newyear
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