Original Tabard Inn sign restored and on display in Chiswick

Image: The original Tabard Inn sign circa 1880 painted by TM Rooke – now on display in St. Michael All Angels church; photograph Maggy Piggott via Twitter (X)

Original sign from 19th century on display in Chiswick

The original sign which hung outside the Tabard Inn in the late 19th century has been restored and is now on display in Chiswick.

At an unveiling ceremony on Friday (26 April), the freshly restored sign found its new home in St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Bedford Park after ‘extensive conservation efforts.’ The church will be its permanent resting place.

During renovations at the Tabard in 2016, workers found the original Victorian pub sign, painted by TM Rooke in 1880, which was previously believed to have been lost. It was subsequently donated to theBedford Park Society, an organisation dedicated to preserving and enriching the local community’s heritage.

After undergoing restoration, the sign was unveiled at a special event hosted by the Bedford Park Society. Attendees included Bedford Park residents as well as staff from The Tabard pub and Theatre at the Tabard. The Tabard is a Grade II* listed building.

Theatre at The Tabard said:

“As we appraoch the theatre’s 40th anniversary and the founding of Bedford Park’s 150th anniversary, we are thrilled that this piece of local history has been rescued and preserved for future generations.”

Above: Tweet from Bedford Park Society member Maggy Piggott 

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