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Hollywood Legend Oliver Reed and the Famous Carshalton Pub Crawl

Oliver Reed and Carshalton

Find out how London’s famous pub crawl is connected to the world’s most famous beer drinker Oliver Reed. The late Hollywood legend is probably still known as history’s most notorious heavy drinker, but did you know he had connections to Carshalton?

Reed was born in Wimbledon, and growing up he was a porter at St Heliers hospital in Carshalton. He then went on to star in many movies such as Oliver, Gladiator, Castaway, Tommy, Funny Bones and many more. He’s pictured above with Steve McQueen.

Later on in life Reed purchased The Orangery in Carshalton, situated on the corner of The Square and Brookside.
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Rose & Crown and the Boorne Brewery Tap

Rose and Crown Wallington history

The Greene King Rose and Crown pub has had a recent facelift and looks very smart.

I’ve collected together some interesting trivia about the historic Wallington pub. Craft beers are very popular at the moment, and this was one of the original brewery taps where you could sample locally brewed beer at source…

Rose and Crown Wallington
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Carshalton’s Long Forgotten Pub – The Old Swan Ale House

The Old Swan Ale House Carshalton

I’m a bit obsessed with history. In my opinion this is one of the most fascinating historical buildings in the heart of old Carshalton village, because it’s a pub that no-one (well, hardly anyone) seems to know about, and it’s barely mentioned in the history books. It’s often confused with The Swan Inn that stood further along the road, but this 18th century building pre-dates that entirely.

What amazes me most is that some of the original building in West Street still stands, unlike many, many others of the lost and demolished pub buildings in the area. It’s one of only 4 old pub buildings still standing in and around Carshalton village – of the 11 old pub buildings that are known to have existed. It was only rediscovered in 2011 by accident, with the help of local historian John Phillips.

Infact I’m so fascinated by it I’ve imagined what The Old Swan Ale House may have looked like if it was still operating today.

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First Lazystuff Greeting Card Announced!

Honeywood Museum Greeting card back and front

Local culture and heritage is really important to Lazystuff, and this is why we’ve produced this brand new illustration for The Friends of Honeywood Museum in Carshalton Village. It’s printed on an A6 greeting card available to purchase directly in the museum shop. The greeting card retails at £2.50 and it helps raise funds and awareness of this historic and fascinating museum.

The new Friend of Honeywood Museum greeting card is printed on a luxurious 300gsm textured cream paper, which I hope you’ll agree, gives a special and unique feel. It comes complete with a bright white envelope. The paper is sourced from an FSC acredited papermill, which means the paper is ethically sourced. For every tree used, another one is planted. You’ll be able to purchase your card in the gift shop directly, and it’s also available online at lazystuff.com for people who don’t live nearby, or are interested in buying a mounted A4 version of the print, which includes a FREE greeting card. We now offer international delivery too – please enquire. The greeting card is £2.50, the A4 Mounted Print + FREE card is £18 and an A4 Mounted and Framed Print + FREE card is £25.

We really hope you like it!

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New Wallington Landmarks Mug Announced

Wallington Mugs on Shelf at Honeywood

We’re delighted to tell you that our brand new Lazystuff mug is available to purchase from The Friends Of Honeywood Museum gift shop in Carshalton. It takes pride of place on the shelf next to other local art, books and memorabilia – and of course, the Carshalton Pub Crawl mug…

Wallington is a small town in South London, and was once part of Surrey. Perhaps it’s sometimes overlooked, but provides some historic architecture and local landmarks. The mug features the fountain at Elms Pond, Butter Hill, the Holy Trinity Church Spire, the Lavender Sculpture, the Old Town Hall and the War Memorial at Wallington Green.

The quality ceramic mug costs £12 and helps support your local museum. The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe and our premium ceramic mugs can be used on hotter more intensive washes for extra durability.