1. karen on January 31, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    The memories came flooding back watching this,as my dad was one of those who bred and sold dogs on club row for many years .He had a licensed stall by the water trough and sold chickens ,rabbits, parrots monkey’s. My uncle sold birds he had bred ,they were great times and remember the knave of clubs well .

    • Mary on April 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Hi Karen. I’m working on a paper on Club Row Market for a post-graduate course, and would love to take an oral history of your memories of the market. Any chance you’d be willing to sit for one? (If yes, please get my email from Richard). Thank you!

      • paul Perry on October 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm


      • faye on March 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        Hi Mary – I’m trying to find out a little more about the market. I’d be really grateful if you could get in touch please.

      • faye rabjohns on March 31, 2018 at 4:04 pm

        I’m interested in speaking to people who remember Club row animal market. I want to record some of your memories. Please email me fayehawker@hotmail.com

  2. Allen pierce on March 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I remember the market well. Taking a bus from Penge to the lane and club row.
    Looking on in amazement at all kinds of clothes piled up against bombsite walls. People sorting these out and just discarding those that were not suitable. The noise of the maket people trying to sell you cats, dogs,Ferrets and goats. It seemed that everyone there was a character out of Great
    expectations! Even travelling this short bus ride I thought I had stepped back in time. From there us boys would travel on to Camberwell Green to a cinema called the “Grand” where they showed ,French films! The following weekend we would catch the 725 green line from Elmers End to Hamton Court or Teddinton Lock and camp by the river fishing all day. I am now 71 and yet it feels that all this happened just a short time ago.

  3. Dave edwards on July 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Remember it well,as the men who sold tin plate wind up toys,was amongst the animals….
    Remember Arnold who sold clocks and housewares and. “lordie lordie” with toys and electrical stuff ,Apple fritters,Blackman school shoes,the razorblade seller who stuttered,every Sunday through the 70s

    • Stu on September 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Dave, just found this, not sure if you’ll see it ever, but I believe the ‘lordie Lordie ‘ toys and electrics man was my dad! Selling everything from the Argos catalouge and more!

      • faye on March 31, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        Hi I’m interested in speaking to people who were part of the market or remember it. Can you email me please fayehawker@hotmail.com

  4. Roger Shand on September 7, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Karen, It`s a real shame that the old Club Row market had to go, My mum bought me a dog from the market 1969 I when to school over there.

  5. Albert Bishop on September 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I went to club row with my father on the78bus from peckham to shoreditch to buy homing pigeons to breed from and race the offspring.this was around 1955. I remember prince monolulu a black man who dressed in a long feathered headress walking through the crowd selling envelopes with race horse tips in them. He was a regular at all the race courses selling tips and saw him on derby day at Epsom. Dogs were the big seller in club row.

  6. Barbara Stamford-Plows on December 2, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I remember going to Club Row on Sundays with my father about 1947-1950. We lived in Bermondsey & kept racing pigeons, rabbits & hens in the back garden. He once brought back a couple of kids – I remember them leaping about on top of the Anderson Shelter, but we didn’t keep them for long. He told me that when he was a teenager he used to sell racing pigeons in Club Row, telling the buyers to keep them caged for about a week before letting them out, but they usually came home & he could sell them again! I remember Prince Monolulu too & also saw him at East Lane Market on Saturdays.

  7. Simon Ward on August 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I remember my Dad taken me up to Club Row on Sunday mornings. I was always interested in pets and the market was a real eye opener. Although I was only about 5, he took me into the pub which was open early to serve the Market Traders. I can remember cages stacked up around the wall of the pub and one man had a lion cub on a lead. I asked Dad to buy it for me saying that I’d pay him back out of my pocket money. Luckily he refused and I came home with some grass snakes. Although I’m glad that the market no longer exists – the cruelty that went on must have been appalling, I’m glad that I saw it before it went.

  8. Peter Arnold on October 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    My Dad took me to Club Row around 1953 or 1954. We bought a tabby kitten for 6d and we took it back to my Grandmother’s house on Clarkson St. I remember the market vividly and recall both monkeys and big cat cubs for sale as well as chickens and rabbits and , most of all, puppies. I remember my Dad saying how terriers were prized for their ratting ability. On occasion the inhabitants of Clarkson St. would assemble all the dogs on the street, open all the house doors and let the dogs go to see which could catch a rat.

  9. John morrish on October 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    My uncle had a stall in the market 1970’s drove all the way from Leicester. I worked on the stall between 74-76 earnt £2 our stall was between the darts stall and pedigree Yorkshire terriers!!!!. Stall. Our stall sold chunky jumpers and rejected M&S shirts etc. we were right opposite where the dogs etc were sold on the island between the 2 roads. Happy days

  10. Kevin greenhill on October 29, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Hi I have a picture of myself and my sister holding monkeys at club row in the mid 60’s. Would you like to see this pic ?

    • Richard Simpson on December 13, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hi Kevin – Indeed would love to see the picture

    • Patricia Kerr on April 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Kevin, I would like to see the picture. I believe my Grandfathers family had a bird shop. My grandfather opened his Pet shop in Camden Towm. I can remember going to Club Row with my father on Sunday mornings.

  11. Steve on May 20, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Hi all

    As many are saying Happy Days

    I remember going to Club Row around 1974 for many years and watching in amazement as one of the holes in the wall had boxes of imported fancy or ornamental live fish, they had airstones in the water the boxes were opened and the fish poured into the water looking a bit drunk until they got some oxygen in them and then they would sell them like 5 for a £1 or something and they sold very quickly and then moved on to the next lot

    The old pet shop in the middle that sold all kinds of animals especially birds, this shop featured in Bob Hoskins film Mona Lisa I think it was

    Happy days indeed,

    Big Steve

  12. Shirley Baker on November 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    In the 1940’s/50’s My Grandfather and Uncle had a pet shop on the corner of Brick Lane and a stall outside too on Sundays. My father had a bird stall at the other end of
    Brick Lane and a Pet shop in Herne Hill and later in Thornton Heath. As kids growing up each of us had take our turn to accompany my father when we became old enough. I hated it especially in the winter as my feet became numb with the cold.

  13. Simon on November 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    When I was a child in Middlesbrough I often re read my mothers copy of A Kid for two farthings by Wolf Mankiewicz- now I cycle down club row at least once a week

  14. Gordon tovey on January 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I worked at club row from 1966 to about 1980, my dad used to sell any old stuff, my highlight every week was seeing the animals

  15. Jeannie link on February 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Can anybody remember the knave of clubs pub in Bethnal Green road nicknamed the birdhouse

  16. Jeannie link on February 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Jeannie it’s Nancy call me

  17. Sid Painter on March 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I remember going by Underground train to Liverpool St Station on a Sunday morning to Club Row in 1947. Babies cot with puppies for sale, birds in little box cages on the walls of the flattened building, caused by the heavy bombing. With a few bantam hens I needed a cockerel. Finding one for sale 5/- he was popped into my sack and back home on the Underground he came to join the girls.
    I think the “Unicorn” in the film “A kid for Two Farthings ” was partly made there.

  18. Gary Cook on April 15, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I used to get the 149 bus from Ponders End on a Sunday morning with my dad in the mid1960’s to buy tropical fish. I well remember the old guys with puppies in their coats. In the colder weather the tanks kept outside used to steam gently because the water was heated. We took the fish home wrapped in bundles of newspaper hoping the bus didn’t get held up. I remember my dad buying four fish for a ‘dollar’. I asked him what a dollar was, and he said ‘five bob’. Those were the days!

    When I was older, I remember watching Police Five on a Friday night and seeing that a lot of Black Sabbath albums had been stolen from a lorry. One of the albums was Volume IV and the other Master of Reality, I think. Shaw Taylor said that it would be easy to identify copies of Volume IV because the insert pages had not yet been stapled to the sleeve. ‘That’ll do for me, I thought, and sure enough, when I went to the Lane on the Sunday, I picked both albums up for a song, and Volume IV had unstapled pages!

  19. Frances on May 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    i remember going to Club Row with my dad in the mid sixties on a Sunday morning, we lived in kentish town, i loved that special time, seeing the monkeys and having a hot juice drink, the place was a mess because of the old bomb debris, happy memories,we got 2 kittens there, my dad knew the place like the back of his hand, my grown up family will never be able to enjoy anywhere like that, life was so different then.

  20. Valerie on May 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Took the train from Ilford to Liverpool street on Sunday mornings with my Dad. Walked to Club Row, bought a puppy once, records etc. Walked through past “itchy park” into Wentworth Street, where dad bought bags of fruit, and into Petticoat Lane and back to the station. The traders were amazing, calling out, “not £5, not £2, not even a quid….lady just give me 50 bob”. Happy memories! Prince Honolulu giving betting tips I believe.

    • Lucky on January 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      Fifty Bob was £2.10 shillings back then . Two pounds were 40 shillings (a “bob” was one shilling ) plus ten shillings ( ten Bob) 50 Bob.

  21. Lucky on January 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Fifty Bob was £2.10 shillings back then . Two pounds were 40 shillings (a “bob” was one shilling ) plus ten shillings ( ten Bob) 50 Bob.

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