Alf Appleton's trickster dog

Photo:Postcard about Alf Appleton's trickster dog

Postcard about Alf Appleton's trickster dog

Photo by Maureen Brand

Owned by 1934 landlord of the 'Prince Albert' pub, Trafalgar Street

The 'Prince Albert' pub in Trafalgar Street is a Grade II listed building of three storeys. It was originally constructed in 1841 as a hotel in anticipation of people arriving via the new railway. The year 1860 is shown on a parapet but this probably refers to a rebuilding.

'A very good dog is Peggy'

In 1934 a story was published in The Star stage paper headed ‘A very good dog is Peggy’. The pub’s landlord Alf Appleton had apparently taught his pet spaniel to fetch and carry any named object in her mouth and she could even lay a whole table for lunch with all the implements correctly placed!

Featured in two films and a newsreel

Peggy was featured in two films: The Magic Key and Trust Peggy. There is also a 1944 Pathe newsreel showing Mr Appleton with his friends in the pub smoking room while Peggy carries out various tasks. If you want to see it, follow this link:

The postcard

The image on the right is a photo of an old postcard which says “Call and see Alf Appleton’s trickster dog, Prince Albert hotel, Trafalgar Street etc”. Alf Appleton said of his trickster dog: “all dog owners could teach their pets to do the same provided they started when their dogs were quite young and treated them to every kindness”.


[Extract from an article previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 240, May/June 2016]


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