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'''The Spartan Club''' was a gay club in a basement in Tachbrook Street, [[Victoria]]. It was frequented by gay celebrities such as [[Kenneth Williams]]. It was run by [[Patric Walker]], later to become the astrologer for the ''Evening Standard''.<ref>[http://www.richardcaswell.com/NOTONETOGOSSIP2.html "Not One to Gossip"] (dead link) by [[Richard Caswell]]; [https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20120905193233/http://www.richardcaswell.com/NOTONETOGOSSIP2.html archived version] as at September 2015.</ref> It closed in 1973 <ref> Gay News no 23 1973 'Spartan Club closes' </ref>.
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'''The Spartan Club''' was a gay club in a basement in Tachbrook Street, [[Victoria]]. It was frequented by gay celebrities such as [[Kenneth Williams]]. At one time it was run by [[Patric Walker]], later to become the astrologer for the ''Evening Standard''.<ref>[http://www.richardcaswell.com/NOTONETOGOSSIP2.html "Not One to Gossip"] (dead link) by [[Richard Caswell]]; [https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20120905193233/http://www.richardcaswell.com/NOTONETOGOSSIP2.html archived version] as at September 2015.</ref> It closed in 1973 after 17 years <ref> Gay News no 23 1973 'Spartan Club closes': Owners say it will reopen as The Vortex and be aimed at attracting a mixed male and female gay crowd </ref>.
  
 
[[File:Spartanclub1966.JPG|200px|thumb|Membership card of [[George Lucas]] 1966 (courtesy and copyright of Hugo Greenhalgh) ]]
 
[[File:Spartanclub1966.JPG|200px|thumb|Membership card of [[George Lucas]] 1966 (courtesy and copyright of Hugo Greenhalgh) ]]

Revision as of 10:53, 27 April 2020

The Spartan Club was a gay club in a basement in Tachbrook Street, Victoria. It was frequented by gay celebrities such as Kenneth Williams. At one time it was run by Patric Walker, later to become the astrologer for the Evening Standard.[1] It closed in 1973 after 17 years [2].

Membership card of George Lucas 1966 (courtesy and copyright of Hugo Greenhalgh)

Vox Pop

[Vox Pop entries are personal recollections by individual contributors.]

I once had a boyfriend who worked as a barman at the Spartan. One evening the place had closed and I was waiting for my friend to finish tidying up and come home, when a cry was heard "Miss Williams is coming, Miss Williams is coming!" Kenneth Williams came in, accompanied by someone who looked like a bodyguard, and I talked with him briefly: he'd not long returned from a holiday in Morocco.[3]

References

  1. "Not One to Gossip" (dead link) by Richard Caswell; archived version as at September 2015.
  2. Gay News no 23 1973 'Spartan Club closes': Owners say it will reopen as The Vortex and be aimed at attracting a mixed male and female gay crowd
  3. Vox Pop item by Ross Burgess, 3 April 2012.