Leefe Robinson pub name restored in Harrow Weald

The pub with the Leefe Robinson name restored

The pub with the Leefe Robinson name restored

First published in Where I Live This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by

A PUB which dropped its historic name after a change of management has switched it back following uproar from locals.

The Leefe Robinson was recently taken over by steakhouse chain Miller and Carter, which put its brand name on the front of the pub.

But locals objected to the change, and protested the Leefe Robinson name should be restored given its historical significance and importance to Harrow.

Captain William Leefe Robinson was a pilot during World War One for the Royal Flying Corps.

On the night of September 2, 1916, the pilot became the first man to shoot down an enemy airship over British soil when he gunned down a German SL11.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military award, for the achievement and became an overnight hero and household name.

However, the hero pilot was shot down and captured in April 1917 by legendary German pilot Manfred Von Richtofen, and spent the remainder of the war in captivity, despite several escape attempts.

He returned to England in 1918, but died of Spanish Flu in Stanmore in December of that year.

He is buried in the cemetery of All Saints Church, in Uxbridge Road, and the pub opposite was named in his honour.

When residents, outraged by the name change, took their complaints to Councillor Tony Ferrari, whose ward the pub is in, he wrote to the company to ask them to reverse the decision.

Birmingham-based Millier and Carter responded by adding Leefe Robinson VC to the new name of the pub to continue the historical link.

Cllr Ferrari said: “I am proud to have helped ensure we remember such a great hero and welcome the decision of Miller and Carter.

“We must never forget the sacrifice others have made so we can enjoy the freedom we all too often take for granted.”

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree