Of short stature and an alcoholic, he nonetheless built up three hugely successful menageries from a starting point of two snakes bought at a bargain price. For smaller meetings, the Village Hall has a separate meeting room and Puck's Oak Barn provides a character setting for small to medium sized events. The menageries travelled around England and made him a wealthy man before his death in 1850. The village has an excellent Public House (the Withies Inn), a number of facilities for hire as well as an eclectic mix of small shops. Old Compton Street had its resident curiosity in the form of Wombwell's Menagerie.
Along the street are numerous other gay bars including Comptons of SOHO and G-A-Y. Our tribute to the great man is a feature on our coat of arms, along with legendary local Arsenal and England Cricket siblings, Denis & Lesley Compton. By the end of the 18th century, fewer than ten of the houses were without shop fronts. The Compton Arms is more famously known as one of former patron George Orwell’s three Canonbury pubs, chosen as inspiration for his perfect watering hole essay, The Moon Under Water. Situated in the heart of Soho's 'Gay village', Compton's has been an integral part of London's gay scene for 20 years and is now something of an institution. St. Nicholas Church is no stranger to the film world either and even Watts Chapel, once, found itself transformed into a 1920s nightclub at the hands of one location manager! [citation needed] In the middle of the 19th century, while there were some workshops too, as well as restaurants and public houses, the ground floors of most of the houses were still used as shops. When Mamma Mia!
Theres also an amazing wine and sprit sore with an enormous collection. Compton has retained much of its character, it has two conservation areas, is in Surrey Hills  AONB and is within Green Belt.

Situated at 51–53 Old Compton Street in the heart of Soho's 'Gay village', Comptons has been an integral part of London's gay scene since June 1986. The current population is approximately 1000 and there are fewer than 400 properties. There are 31 listed buildings including an ancient 10th Century Church (St Nicholas) an English Heritage cemetery and is the only village in the UK with a National Art Gallery dedicated to a single professional artist, G.F Watts (1817-1904). Whilst a pedestrianisation project proved unpopular with local traders and was reversed, the street is closed to vehicular traffic for the Soho Pride festival one weekend each year, in late summer. For local events, you can also enquire about hiring the village's very own mini-bus.

Until 2004 the long-running production of Mamma Mia!, a musical based upon the songs of ABBA, was showing at the theatre. The number of people of overseas descent continued to grow and the street became a meeting place for exiles, particularly those from France: after the suppression of the Paris Commune, the poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine often frequented drinking haunts here. moved to larger premises in another part of the West End, a production of Mary Poppins moved in, but closed in 2008. In the middle of Charing Cross Road, at its junction with Old Compton Street, beneath the grill in the traffic island in the middle of the road, can be seen the old road signs[3] for the now-vanished Little Compton Street, which once joined Old Compton Street with New Compton Street. ! The Prince Edward Theatre is located on the east end of the street.

Whether it's a private party, a corporate event, a theatre production or a special occasion such as a wedding, Compton has everything you need, in one place. .css-1o5pw2t{width:24px;height:24px;display:inline-block;vertical-align:middle;position:relative;overflow:hidden;top:-0.1em;fill:rgba(187,186,192,1);}.css-1o5pw2t::before{position:absolute;display:block;left:0;}.css-1o5pw2t::after{content:'';display:block;position:absolute;left:0;right:0;top:0;bottom:0;}.css-1o5pw2t svg{position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;fill:inherit;display:block;left:0;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;}.css-1o5pw2t:hover,.css-1o5pw2t:focus{fill:rgba(117,114,128,1);}. If you are looking for something different, you might consider Watts Gallery or Limnerslease, the home of the Victorian Artists, George and Mary Watts. It subsequently became home to Aladdin. This large, traditionally-styled pub is one of the few gay venues in central London to sell real ale, and it even has a 'Cask Marque' award for how well it is kept. No under 18 allowed, if you look under 21 you will be asked for ID to prove you are over 18. [citation needed], Coordinates: 51°30′48″N 0°07′53″W / 51.51326°N 0.13128°W / 51.51326; -0.13128, Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Discovering Old Compton Street and New Compton Street, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2007), Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982, History of violence against LGBT people in the United Kingdom, List of LGBT politicians in the United Kingdom, Timeline of LGBT history in the United Kingdom, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Old_Compton_Street&oldid=973253080, Articles which use infobox templates with no data rows, Infobox road temporary tracking category 1, Wikipedia introduction cleanup from July 2016, Articles covered by WikiProject Wikify from July 2016, All articles covered by WikiProject Wikify, Articles needing additional references from October 2014, All articles needing additional references, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2014, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 August 2020, at 06:02. London producer and director Adam Spreadbury-Maher lives at the northern end of Old Compton Street.[1]. The Village Hall has a great deal of character and even boasts its own stage with professional sound and lighting. Comptons of Soho is a gay pub in London. In Soho, central London, it features several gay bars, restaurants and cafés, as well as a popular theatre. [citation needed], Between 1956 and 1970 the 2 I's Coffee Bar was located here. Whilst a pedestrianisation project proved unpopular with local traders and was reversed, the street is closed to vehicular traffic for the Soho Pride festival one weekend each year, in late summer. Previously decorated in neutral colours, the Admiral Duncan was re-opened with a flamboyant pink and purple exterior with a large rainbow flag flying outside as a symbol of gay pride. Claim your business to immediately update business information, respond to reviews, and more! Also on the street are a variety of cafés, tea rooms (including the original branch of the Patisserie Valerie chain) and restaurants (including Bincho, a yakitori restaurant and Balans, which unusually for much of England is open 24 hours a day), and sex shops.

The street was named after Henry Compton who raised funds for a local parish church, eventually dedicated as St Anne's Church in 1686.

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