Ruskin Arms (Now Demolished)


The Ruskin Arms was a pub in the East End of London which opened circa 1908 and had a strong history with Rock & Metal. 2 notable names connected with the pub are the Small Faces and of course Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden played here numerous times during the late 70's (1978, 1979) and early 80s (1980). There was an Iron Maiden Day held at the Ruskin in 2002 and again on 30th November 2003 as well as the Iron Maiden FC Pre-Twickeham Show Party held their on 4th July 2008 and, as a final send of "The Last Weekend", which featured Hi-On Maiden (the Official tribute band to Iron Maiden) amongst many other NWOBHM bands was hosted on 14th & 15th November 2008 by the organisers of CliveAid, which I had the fortune of attending.

A lot of people consider this the birth place of Iron Maiden, but that particular acolade goes to the Cart & Horses.

Other associations with Maiden
The Ruskin Arms appears on the albums Killers and Somewhere In Time and also appear in Level 1 of the 1999 Ed Hunter Game (Computer Mockup). There was also room for the ruskin to be featured in the videos for "The Angel And The Gambler" (albeit a clip from the Ed Hunter Game), "12 Wasted Years" documentary and the Early Days DVD (Live At The Ruskin Arms 1980). If you were incredibly lucky you might have found Steve Harris drinking a beer or two here in the evening.

About my visits
My favourite visit to the Ruskin Arms was definately the 2008 Pre Twickenham Show Party where I got to Meet Clive Burr, Dave Sullivan, Terry Rance and Dave Lights. My First visit to the Ruskin Arms was in 2005 when I was in London with my good friends Nick and Matt. We walked from East Ham Tube Station and upto the pub. It was a quiet Sunday Afternoon and the bar was pretty empty. We Couldn't get back to where the stage was as the room was locked up. As is needed, we all had a pint to commemorate our visit.

The second time I went to the Ruskin was for the aforementioned Pre Twickenham Show Party. My 3rd / 4th (and final) visit to the Ruskin was for the Last Weekend at the Ruskin Arms, which was organised by CliveAid. As expected Clive Burr was present for the weekend - it is always great to see Clive at any show. CliveAid was formed in 2004 and raises awareness and funds for various Cancer and MS Programs around the world through organising Rock Concerts / Events, something that Maiden are heavily involved with.

The lineup for the Last Weekend was to be Hi-On Maiden (and friends). Hi-On Maiden are the official tribute band of Iron Maiden, and with the whole "and friends" part of this everyone was expecting Maiden to make that one last appearance at the pub the heavily frequented during their early career. Of course everyone was left disappointed that no memebers of Maiden turned up, but personally I still enjoyed it and it was a fitting way to close this legendary pub down. For the last song loads of people, including myself got up on to the stage to have a sing along.

My one big regret is that I never bought a Ruskin Arms t-shirt, I still have no idea why. Hopefully I will come across one soon.......ebay all the way!!!

The address of the now demolished Ruskin Arms is:

386 High Street North
Manor Park
London
E12 6PH


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