Words Matter II

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Tim Martin, educated in NZ, started a chain of pubs in Britain, of which there are now 850. He is now the No 1 pub owner in Britain.
They’re all called  “JD Wetherspoon”. Why?

Because he once had a teacher named JD Wetherspoon who told him that he would amount to nothing in life.

Wikipedia accounts for this in a much more sanitised way.

J D Wetherspoon plc (LSE: JDW) is a British pub chain based in Watford. Founded as a single pub in 1979 by Tim Martin, the company now owns 815 pubs. The chain champions cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music. The company also operates the Lloyds No. 1 chain and Wetherspoon Hotels.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

The Company was founded in 1979 by Tim Martin, who opened the first Wetherspoon pub, ‘Marler’s Bar’, at Colney Hatch Lane in London.[2] Many of the other early Wetherspoon pubs were also in the same part of Haringey. The J D Wetherspoon name comes from one of Martin’s teachers in New Zealand who could not control his class.



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  • Liberty

    A real success story.
    It makes you wonder what Tim could have achieved. If the Teacher had shown
    some encouragement.

  • pdm

    Good value for money pubs – almost always crowded.

  • Gregster

    I spoke with him when he visited my workplace in Balham, The Moon Under Water. Good guy. Probably a statist though.