The Queen’s, 26 Broadway Parade, London N8

From the Historic England entry:

“HISTORY: John Cathles Hill (1858-1915) was a builder-developer, responsible for building much of Crouch End. Many of the fittings of the pub were manufactured in his workshops. The notable Art Nouveau glass was supplied by Cakebread, Robey. Along with its sister pub by Hill, the Salisbury in Green Lanes, the Queen’s Hotel represents the pinnacle of late Victorian pub design and is a remarkable survival, with exceptional joinery and glass.

Pub, formerly hotel. 1899-1901 by John Cathles Hill (1858-1915), builder and developer. 3 storeys and attic; 3 bay front to Broadway Parade with lesser bay at south end, rounded angle to 2 bays and lower end bay on Elder Avenue.

Red brick with extensive pale yellow limestone dressings; black granite to ground floor pilasters and base; lead-sheathed roof to angle turret; slate mansard roof with dormers.

EXTERIOR: circular entrance lobby with mosaic floor with QH monogram,

“The circular entrance has a mosaic floor bearing the monogram of Mr Hill and Q for Queen’s.” (Edith’s Streets) “John Cathles Hill was usually referred to as ‘Mr J C Hill’ or ‘Mr John Hill’.” (Harringay Online)

wrought iron screen above inscribed with THE QUEENS.

Tripartite front to Broadway Parade with central gable, triple arcade to ground floor containing arched windows with heavy mullions and pedimented aedicular frames within, with Art Nouveau stained glass to lower lights. Dado and below faced in granite, with diaper pattern panels.

Southern entrance via entrance flanked by Corinthian columns with aedicule, set below wrought iron screen with pub name,

and above a mosaic floor with the name repeated again.

Entrance to upper floors at south end with 9-panel door with overlight, set within stone hood; open swan’s neck pediment above.

Main front articulated with Corinthian pilasters, with shafts of granite supporting entablature with painted frieze; pedimented caps to projecting piers. Upper floors faced in banded brickwork. Aedicular surrounds to 1st floor windows with mullions (treated as square columns) and transoms (treated as a continuation of a projecting string course); windows arranged 2-3-3 along main front with arched windows to central bay. Second floor windows with square column mullions support continuous frieze to both elevations. Gabled bay to attic over central bay with banded stonework, triple window, segmental pediment termination. Corner drum with six-light windows to each floor (seven to attic), with cornice of cut brick beneath decorative lead roof.

Return to Elder Avenue is stepped up towards corner with a chimneystack beside the corner drum. Arcaded ground floor with decorative screen. Former entrance to upper floors to east (now blocked), beneath pediment with name of hotel.

INTERIOR: survives largely intact. Central bar with four separate areas divided by ornate wooden glazed partitions with etched decoration to doors,

and Art Nouveau stained glass to upper sections of screens; pierced parapets above.

From: Victorian Pubs (1984), by Mark Girouard:

“The Queens Hotel was planned in 1899 and opened about 1901…the glass and metalwork are Art Nouveau throughout…the Queens Hotel has a corner tower amazingly cantilevered out over a circular lobby lined with Art Nouveau glass. Cakebread, Robey and Company’s Art Nouveau masterpieces are the stained glass windows at the Queens, Crouch End, where fronds and flowers in brilliant colours leap, whirl and rotate across the big arched windows looking out towards the Broadway. As the glass dates from about 1901, it was too late to get a mention in Cakebread, Robey’s catalogue; but there is little doubt that it was their work, for it was made for the same publican as the glass at the Salisbury and immediately after it.”

Bar counter with panelled front to all sides,

Ionic terms flank counter facing saloon bar,

which has a snuggery

and wooden fireplace with tiled surround and mirrored overmantel within inglenook.

Wooden chimneypiece along east wall with tiled surround and mirrored overmantel.

Coffered ceiling with relief decoration of arabesques and mermaids. Cast iron Corinthian columns to centre. Upper floors not inspected.

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