Country of Issue:UK (Streatham) Manufacturer: J.R.GauntDiameter: 38mm Coin Dates: (Known to Exist) 1914, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1926, 1929, 1932, 1933), 1937
ReverseLegend: “Locarno Dance Hall” around farthing,“Streatham Hill S.W.2” below in between stops
ObverseLegend: “Keep me and you will never be broke”
(Images of Encased Farthing Courtesy of Markus M)
Locarno, Streatham Hill
The Locarno Dance Hall, Streatham Hill, was part of an entertainment complex built along Streatham High Road c.1930, which included the Streatham Theatre and The Gaumont Cinema. An Armistice Ball was held at the Locarno in November 1930, when it was one of the most popular purpose built dance halls in South London. It was renamed The Cat's Whiskers in 1970 and has had many changes to its name and appearance since then.