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Station Hotel Richmond

The Station Hotel is now called Edwards (at the time of writing) and is at 1 Kew Road Richmond, directly opposite Richmond Station. The Crawdaddy Club started here and became famous as the place where the Rolling Stones played a residency. Due to the success of the Stones, however, the Crawdaddy later moved to Richmond Athletic Ground a few months later.

As far as the Small Faces are concerned, they never played here as the Crawdaddy closed before the Small Faces were formed. Nevertheless, a plaque above the door of the Bull & Bush proudly proclaimed that the Small Faces did play there.

There is a connection though. The young Ian McLagan used to visit Richmond from his nearby home in Hounslow to go to the Crawdaddy. Here he became turned on to the Rolling Stones, little knowing that some years later he would be playing keyboards with them.

The photograph show the venue towards the end of 1999 when it was called the Bull and Bush. Edwards opened during 2000 and represented a destruction of the heritage associated with it. Very sad.

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