The Blind Beggar

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The Blind Beggar is a public house on Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is notable as the former brewery tap of the Manns Albion brewery, where the first modern Brown Ale was brewed. It's also where Ronnie Kray shot and murdered George Cornell in front of witnesses, and as the location of William Booth's first sermon, which led to the creation of The Salvation Army. It was built in 1894 on the site of an inn which had been established before 1654, and takes its name from the legend of Henry de Montfort.

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It was built in 1894 on the site of an inn which had been established before 1654, and named after the legend of Henry de Montfort, a son of Simon de Montfort.

The Blind Beggar is the site on which the Salvation Army started. In 1865 William Booth preached his first open air sermon outside the public house which led to the establishment of the East London Christian Mission, later to become the Salvation Army. William Booth is commemorated by a nearby statue.

The Blind Beggar is notorious for its connection to East End gangsters, the Kray twins. On 9 March 1966, Ronnie Kray shot and murdered George Cornell, an associate of a rival gang, the Richardsons, as he was sitting at the bar. The murder took place in the then saloon bar.Inside the Firm: The Untold Story of the Krays' Reign of Terror Tony Lambrianou (Pan Books 2002) ISBN...
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