It comes from an excellent collection from Greenwich Heritage Centre which I discovered for the first time today.
On the surface it is interesting enough but it is the clues it offers up about some of the people who lived along this bit of the High street.
I can’t be sure when he took over the place but four years earlier he had been running the Railway Bell in Tonbridge.
He lived here with his wife Elizabeth, their two young children and his two nieces who worked behind the bar and described themselves as assistants.
And there is more because I know that Fred was born in 1878, Elizabeth two years earlier and they had been married in 1899.
All of which came from trawling the street directories and electoral registers which supply the names of the rest of the inhabitants on the block running up to Court Yard.
It is advertising the serialization of a story by Hall Cains who was one of the most popular novelists in the later Victorian and Edwardian period with many of his books being turned into films.
According to one source they were primarily romances, involving love triangles, but also addressed some of the more serious political and social issues of the day.
And as if on cue the book advertised as being serialized in the popular Reynolds’s News was Woman Thou Gavest Me. which I shall go looking for.
But I will just leave you back on the High Street in 1915.
Picture; the Old Kings Head, High Street Eltham, GRW 276, http://boroughphotos.org/greenwich/
courtesy of Greenwich Heritage Centre, http://www.greenwichheritage.org/site/index.php