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Old Greyhound, 174 Balaam Street, Plaistow

Plaistow index

Also see the History of Plaistow

Also known as the Greyhound

                  Greyhound & Hare - 2004 - photo by Lal.

The Greyhound in Balaam Street is one of the five oldest pubs in Plaistow mention in 1742, and was formerly the Greyhound and Hare, the name to which it has now reverted after a spell as 'The Sportsman' in the trendy 1970s.  Rebuilt in 1773, parts of the present building although altered, may date from that time. 

Thanks to Lal & Amy

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1826/Richard Turner/../../../Pigot's

1828-9/Richard Turner/../../../Pigot's

1832-3/Richard Turner/../../../Pigot's

1839/Richard Turner/../../../Pigot's

[Named in 1841]

1841/William Hurdman/Licensed Victualler/34/../Census ****
1841/Ann Hurdman/../35/../Census
1841/Sarah Johnson/Female Servant/14/../Census
1841/Thomas Taylor/Independant/70/../Census

1845/Thomas Potts/../../../Post Office

1848/John Drysdale/../../../White's

1851/John Drysdale/../../../Post Office

1851/James Drysdale/licensed victualler/40/London City/Census **
1851/Mary Drysdale/wife/30/Cambridge/Census **
1851/Adelaide Day/niece/16/Cambridge/Census **
1851/Mary L Day/niece, scholar/06/London City/Census **
1851/Thomas Smith/potman/Plaistow, Essex/Census **

1861/John Carr/Licensed Victualler/45/St Georges E, Middx/Census ****
1861/Mary Carr/Wife/45/Melbourne, Cambs./Census
1861/Edmund Carr/Son, Carpenter & Joiner/21/Stepney, Middx/Census
1861/Eleanor Carr/Daughter, Assistant/18/Stepney, Middx/Census
1861/Henry Roach/Potboy/15/Hertford, Herts/Census
1861/George Duck/Lodger, Dock Labourer/21/Plaistow, Essex/Census

1862/John Carr/../../../Kelly's

1867/John Carr/../../../Post Office

1870/Joseph Whalley/../../../Kelly's

1871/John Booth/Licensed Victualler/32//Census ****
1871/Mahala Booth/Wife/23/Barking, Essex/Census
1871/Mahala Porter/Mother in Law, Widow/54/Manningtree, Essex/Census
1871/Rosetta Shellitoe/Visitor/23/Barking, Essex/Census

1874/John Booth/../../../Kelly's

1878/William Evans/../../../Kelly's

1881/Samuel Higgs/Publican/32/Bury, Suffolk/Census
1881/Henrietta Higgs/Wife/29/Inworth, Essex/Census
1881/Henrietta E. Higgs/Daughter/5/Barking, Essex/Census
1881/Henry Higgs/Son/4/Barking, Essex/Census
1881/Frank Higgs/Son/2/Barking, Essex/Census
1881/Marian Higgs/Daughter/7w/Paistow, Essex/Census
1881/Mary Smith/../56/Dagenham, Essex/Census
1881/Eliza Gardner/General Servant/14/Dagenham, Essex/Census

1882/Samuel Higgs/../../../Kelly's

1886/Samuel Higgs/../../../Kelly's

1896/Henry George Graham/../../../Post Office Directory ****

My Great, great grandfather 'William Wood' was the publican here in 1891. Although the pub is not named he is described as being the publican and living at 174 Balaam Street, Plaistow in the 1891 census.  He was previously the landlord at the Hallsville tavern. ***

1891/William Wood/Publican/54/Stratford, Essex/Census ***
1891/Jane Wood/Wife/56/Hertfordshire/Census
1891/Maggie Wood/Daughter/16/Stratford, Essex/Census
1891/Mary E Davey/Barmaid/19/Stratford, Essex/Census
1891/Rebecca Orgar/Domestic Servant/15/Canning Town, Essex/Census
1891/Henry Hammond/Potman/20/Canning Town, Essex/Census

1902/John Day/../../../Kelly's ****

1908/John James Griffiths/../../../Kelly's

1911/John James Griffiths/Licensed Victualler/54/Paddington, Middlesex/Census ****
1911/Harriet Jane Griffiths/Wife/50/Widford, Hertfordshire/Census
1911/Kathleen Connock/Visitor/32/Yeovil, Somerset/Census
1911/Ralph Harry Connock/Visitor/5/Yeovil, Somerset/Census
1911/Alice Rosetta Holdgate/Barmaid/19/Plaistow, Middlesex/Census
1911/Ada Alice Turner/Barmaid/24/Bromley, Middlesex/Census

1912/John James Griffiths/../../../Kelly's

1917/Septimus Guest/../../../Kelly's

1925/Septimus Guest/../../../Kelly's

1938/Septimus Guest/../../../Post Office Directory

1944/B Guest & A Tucker/../../../Post Office Directory

1988 - 90/P Allen/../../../Watney Truman publicans list


** Provided by John Mead

*** Provided by Nicky Tombs

**** Provided by Kevan


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