Book recalls the day the circus called in for a pint

The Elephant & Castle, Sultan Road, Stamshaw 1930
The Elephant & Castle, Sultan Road, Stamshaw 1930

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How about this for a jumbo order at the bar?

this wonderful image from 1930 at the Elephant and Castle in Sultan Road, Buckland is among more than 200 pictures in Ron Brown’s fascinating and nostalgic book looking at Portsmouth’s pubs past and present.

The elephants were provided by a visiting circus. How much landlord Tom Jones had to pay to set up this PR stunt is not recorded.

The chap holding the bucket, which, allegedly, was filled with beer, was the aptly-named Charlie Phillpots, the pub’s cellarman.

Ron’s book The Pubs of Portsmouth From Old Photographs is available from the following offices of The News: The News Centre, Hilsea; Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport and West Street, Havant. Or call (023) 9262 2207 for postal inquiries. Postage rates will apply.