Taken outside 59 Park Road, the picture shows Miss Kit Lavell, (far left) who, I'm told, used to run Ye Olde China Cup Restaurant at this address. Second from the left is Sophie who used to run it with her. The identity of the men is unknown.
I haven't been able to verify the existence of the restaurant, but I did find the following short piece in the Illustrated London News on 20 March 1880. It uses a a similar name for the establishment to the one I was given, but it refers to the building's first incarnation as a working men's club :
Apparently the venture lasted till 1910. During the thirty years of its operation it hosted classes and meetings for various sports and social clubs. However, on 21 September 1910, the London Daily News carried an advertisement for the sale of the premises by the trustees. Whether it subsequently did become a restaurant, I don't know. The picture came from the great niece of Sophie and it may be that the family story has become a little twisted in the telling.
From what I've been able to fond out, it was used as venue for the local scouting movement and was known as Pax Hall.
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