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Jules Verne, Grayswood Avenue

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
19391966THREE SPIRES HOTEL
19661981JULES VERNE
19811991SPIRES HOTEL
1991?RECTORY
?presentNEW SPIRES
Photo The 1930s-built public house has had another colour transformation back to black and white since its brief foray into pastel shades. Opened as the Three Spires Hotel, it became the Jules Verne theme pub in the early 1970s then the Spires Tavern, the Rectory by the late 1980s and now the New Spires with a 'pub for let' sign on its frontage to the right of the bay windows. Jules Verne (1825 - 1905) was a French novelist who introduced science fiction. In 1865 he was already describing a journey to the moon and later under the sea. This pub was decorated in themes from his 'Around the World in Eighty Days'. Built in the 1930s this pub was formerly the THREE SPIRES HOTEL then JULES VERNE in the 1970s. In 1981 it reopened as the SPIRES 18 months after the Jules Verne was completely gutted by fire. From being a theme pub relating to 'Around the World in 80 Days' it adopted the then current trend for tradition with beams, twee lamps, watlle and daub walls and a fibre glass range! In the 1980s renamed the RECTORY then up to date as the NEW SPIRES.

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