Kings Arms, Woolwich

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Kings Arms, Woolwich
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Kings Arms (2018)
Kings Arms is located in Royal Borough of Greenwich
Kings Arms
Kings Arms
Kings Arms is located in Greater London
Kings Arms
Kings Arms
General information
Town or cityLondon
Coordinates51°29′15″N 0°03′22″E / 51.4874°N 0.0561°E / 51.4874; 0.0561Coordinates: 51°29′15″N 0°03′22″E / 51.4874°N 0.0561°E / 51.4874; 0.0561

The Kings Arms is a public house, now (as of 2018) closed, in Woolwich in southeast London that was bombed by the IRA in 1974, killing two people.

Standing at 1 Frances Street to the south of Woolwich Dockyard and the Royal Marine Barracks, and northwest of the Royal Artillery Barracks, it was built in the 19th century. In the 1881 census it is listed as the Kings Arms Hotel.

Woolwich pub bombing[edit]

Woolwich pub bombing
LocationWoolwich, London, United Kingdom
Date7 November 1974
10:15 pm (GMT)
Attack type
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorProvisional Irish Republican Army

Echoing similar attacks in Guildford the previous month, a bomb made of 6 lb of gelignite with the addition of shrapnel was thrown through the window into the bar on 7 November 1974. Two people were killed in the explosion: Gunner Richard Dunne (aged 42), of the Royal Artillery (the Barracks is just 100 yards away), and Alan Horsley (aged 20), a sales clerk.[1] A further 35 people, including the landlady, Margaret Nash, were injured.

Initially a left-wing extremist group called Red Flag 74 said it had placed the bomb,[2] but responsibility was subsequently claimed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and specifically by part of the Active Service Unit apprehended at the Balcombe Street Siege. Some of the Guildford Four were wrongfully charged with involvement in this bombing.[3][4]

The nearby barracks was bombed in 1983 and was the place of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder in 2013.


CGI of approved scheme for the Kings Arms

On 3 April 2017, a London-based real estate development company, P2P Residential Limited acquired the site for £1.2m.[citation needed] On 17 April 2018, the company obtained full planning permission to demolish the pub and redevelop it as 19 residential units, nine parking spaces and a replacement pub across the ground floor and basement.[5]

Similar plans had been proposed in 2013;[6] permission was granted in 2015 for 12 residential units and a pub, but the then owner did not implement the consent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History repeating itself: Same barracks were targeted by IRA bombers nearly 40 years ago". Express. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
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  3. ^ An Phoblacht/Republican News, (7 May 1998)
  4. ^ "Woolwich pub bombing: murder of Alan HORSLEY and Richard Copeland Sloan DUNNE and injury..." National Archives. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ Bull, Tom (17 April 2018). "Kings Arms pub in Woolwich bombed by IRA to be knocked down". News Shopper. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ Chandler, Mark (10 September 2013). "Woolwich King's Arms pub, once bombed by IRA, to be demolished". News Shopper. Retrieved 18 April 2018.