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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.

Oliver Reed with his son Mark, renovated the property in 1987 and allegedly took the original ornate frieze above the front porch with them, when they sold the property.

Reed was perhaps drawn to the village by its many watering holes. I’ve read that Oliver Reed was a frequent drinker at the Coach and Horses, the nearest pub. Well, literally just over the road from The Orangery.

Reed also drunk in The Greyhound with actor and local resident Windsor Davis (who lived nearby in Carshalton Beeches). Reed was also spotted in The Woodman in the 80s with Rick Parfitt from Status Quo.

All these pubs feature on the famous Carshalton pub crawl of nine much-loved pubs, which also includes the CAMRA award-winning The Hope community pub.

 

The Orangery today 

Oliver Reed with son Mark

The Orangery with the ornate frieze above the porch

Reed in person, working on the renovation

Carshalton Pub Crawl poster at the ponds

Purchase the pub crawl poster

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Jeanie

My dad worked at his house, Oliver Reed gave him a signed Photo of himself which is hanging on my wall, loved all his films

Steve

A great man

Matthew Harding

Oliver Reed also went to Ewell Castle School where my mum, a long standing Carshalton resident, had the chance of making his acquaintance. She also schooled in Ewell having been brought up there…

Pam

..well one learns something every day!
Good to know, I’ve lived in Carshalton /Wallington since 87 and didn’t know that?.

PJ

Lazystuff

Glad you found it interesting

Gill

I remember waiting to cross the road in Green Wrythe Lane waiting for a beautiful old Citroen to go by and as it passed I realised that it was Oliver Reed driving. I developed a crush on him when I saw him in a TV programme about Debussy.

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