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Hare, 505 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2

Bethnal Green pub history index

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Bethnal Green, Middlesex - now in East London. The Bethnal Green, East London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

This pub was present by 1800. It is listed as at 15 Heath Place, Cambridge Heath in 1848 and 1851 **

The Hare, 505 Cambridge Heath Road in September 2005

The Hare, 16 September 2005.  Kevan

The following entries are in this format:

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

1839/Thomas Harding/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1842/Wm. Wright/../../../Robsonís Directory **

1844/John Bloomfield /../../../Thompsonís Directory **

George Needham senior was the licensee of the Norfolk Arms in Ivimey Street (William Street). His wife was Eliza Pottier. Their first son George junior was born in 1827. This was just before George senior and Eliza took on the Norfolk Arms. Their second son Joseph was born in the Norfolk Arms pub in March 1828. French Huguenot Friendly societies used to meet at this pub during George senior and Eliza Pottierís time there. George and Eliza Pottierís two sons also became licensed victuallers. *

The elder one, George junior, became the licensee of the Hare Tavern in Heath Place, Cambridge heath Road.  The younger son, Joseph, became the licensee of the Prince of Wales in Buxton Street.  *

George junior married Elizabeth Sweeting. She was the daughter of Samuel and Jane Sweeting. Samuel Sweeting was the licensee of the Red Lyon Inn, South Ockenden, Near Romford, Essex. *

The 1851 census shows George junior and Elizabeth Needham (Sweeting) at the Hare Tavern, 16, Heath Place, Cambridge Heath, Bethnal Green. The London Post Office Directory for 1848 also gives George as the licensee of the Hare. Being 21 years old in 1848, I believe that this would have made him one of the youngest publicans in London at the time. His younger brother, Joseph was the publican of the Prince of Wales pub In Buxton Street in the census of 1851 and it is possible that their father, George, may still have been the publican of the Norfolk Arms in William Street. All of them were Bethnal Green Publicans. In the 1861 census George, his wife Elizabeth Needham nee Sweeting, and children Joseph and Eliza Jane were staying at the Red Lyon Inn in South Ockenden with Elizabeth's parents, Samuel and Jane Sweeting. George still described himself as a licensed victualler and I am fairly certain that he was the landlord of The Dolphin in Romford just after the 1861 census. Kelly's directory gives a George Needham as the publican of the Dolphin in 1862 and also White's directory in 1863. South Ockenden is about 8 miles from Romford. George and Elizabeth's other son, George Sweeting Needham, was at the Licensed Victuallers School in Kennington Lane, Lambeth at the time of the 1861 census. The son states that his birthplace was Cambridge Heath. This means that his father was still the landlord of The Hare at the time of his sonís birth in July 1852. By the 1871 census George was describing himself as an "out of business licensed victualler" and living in South Ockendon. *

1848/Geo Needham/../../../Post Office Directory *

1851/George Needham/../../../Kellys Directory *

1851/George Needham/Licensed Victualler/24/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census ****
1851/Elizabeth Needham/Wife/23/South Ockendon, Essex/Census
1851/Eliza Needham/Daughter/11 months/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/Mary Sweeting/Sister in Law, Assistant/19/South Ockendon, Essex/Census
1851/Lydia Burton/House Servant/18/South Ockendon, Essex/Census
1851/George Polton/Potman/22/Halstead, Essex/Census

1856/Hy Silley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1866/A Keymer /../../../P.O. Directory **

1869/Abraham Keymer/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1872/T Hoare /../../../Brabnerís Hackney Directory **

1874/Sarah Jull/../../../H D Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers Directory **

1876/Sarah Jull /../../../P.O. Directory **

1881/Sidney Edwards/Licensed Victualler/38/City, Middlesex/Census ****
1881/Emily Edwards/Wife/35/Enfield, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jessey Rowsell/Sister, Barmaid/17/Kingsland, Middlesex/Census
1881/Fanny Leach/Cousin, Visitor/25/City, Middlesex/Census
1881/Thomas Dowsett/Visitor/14/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jane Poll/General Servant/20/Stepney, Middlesex/Census

1885/Sidney Edwards /../../../P.O. Directory **

1891/Sidney Edwards/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/James Rogers/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/Frederick Hill/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1901/Benjamin Currell/Licensed Victuallers Manager/58/Poplar, London/Census ****
1901/Alice Currell/Wife/48/Poplar, London/Census
1901/Florence Currell/Daughter, Barmaid/24/Poplar, London/Census
1901/Lydia Currell/Daughter, Barmaid/22/Old Ford, London/Census
1901/Ethel Currell/Daughter/13/Old Ford, London/Census
1901/Marie Bonest/Visitor/20/Millwall, London/Census
1901/William McGrath//20/London/Census

1902/Henry Smith /../../../P.O. Directory **

1903/Henry Smith /../../../P.O. Directory **

1910/Henry Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1911/Henry Smith / Licensed Victualler /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1911/Henry Smith/Licensed Victualler/63/March, Cambridgeshire/Census ****
1911/Matilda Smith/Wife, Assistant/60/Taunton, Somerset/Census
1911/Katherine Smith/Daughter, Assistant/30/Ponders End, Middlesex/Census
1911/William Bradley/Grandson/14/Windsor, Berkshire/Census

1915/Henry Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Henry Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1926/William Edward Aillud /../../../P.O. Directory **

1928/Charles Alfred James Yeo/../../../Black Eagle Journal ***

1934/Charles Alfred James Yeo/../../../Kelly's ****

1938/Chas Alfd Jas Yeo/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/Chas Alfd Jas Yeo/../../../Post Office Directory ****

Charles Alfred James Yeo & Mrs Yeo, licensee of the Hare, Cambridge Heath Road - in 1949

Charles Alfred James Yeo & Mrs Yeo, licensee of the Hare, Cambridge Heath Road - in 1949

Kindly provided by Alex Wilkinson

Charles Alfred James Yeo & Mrs Yeo, licensee of the Hare, Cambridge Heath Road - in 1949

Kindly provided by Alex Wilkinson

Charles Alfred James Yeo, licensee of the Hare, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, has been associated with Truman's for 42 years. On September 18th, 1907, he became the landlord of the Black Horse, Abbey Street (now Buckfast Street) when he was 21 years of age, one of the youngest ever to hold a licence.

After service with the R.A.S.C. in the 1914 - 18 War, during which time Mrs Yeo gallantly carried on, Mr Yeo returned to the Black Horse and stayed there until 1928, when he moved to his present house, the Hare.

It was difficult to persuade Mr Yeo to talk about his life, although he did admit to a keen interest in sport during his early years.

Mr and Mrs Yeo have been happily married for over forty years and, having met them both, it is easy to understand the reason for their happiness; they are two very pleasant and human people. ***

1949/Charles Alfred James Yeo/../../../Black Eagle Journal ***

* Provided by Bob Needham

** Provided by Stephen Harris

*** Provided by Alex Wilkinson

**** Provided By Kevan


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