Hand and Shears

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The Hand and Shears

The Hand and Shears is a Grade II listed public house at 1 Middle Street, Smithfield, London.[1]

It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.[2]

It was built in the early-mid 19th century.[1]

It was named after the former Bartholomew Fair, held at Smithfield for centuries, at which the Lord Mayor of London would come and cut a piece of cloth with a pair of shears to announce that the fair had begun.[3]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Hand and Shears public house (1193734)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. ^ Brandwood, Geoff (2013). Britain's best real heritage pubs. St. Albans: CAMRA. p. 76. ISBN 9781852493042.
  3. ^ Rennison, Nick (2006). The Book of Lists - London. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 10. ISBN 9781841959344.

Coordinates: 51°31′09″N 0°05′56″W / 51.51928°N 0.09884°W / 51.51928; -0.09884