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The Two Black Boys Public House, 171 Well Street, Hackney E9

Hackney pub history Index

Known around the 1990s as Claddagh and then the Thirty Nine Steps. Closed and demolished in 2004. *+

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

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The following entries are in this format:

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

1732/James Matchin/../../../Hackney Petty Sessions Book **

1734/James Matchin/../../../Hackney Petty Sessions Book **

1734/Thomas Kirke/../../../Hackney Petty Sessions Book **

1752/Robert Gardiner/../../../Hackney Petty Sessions Book **

1826/Isaac Cox/../../../Pigot's Directory ****

1839/Sarah Napthine/../../../Pigotís Directory **

1851/Edward Hill/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1861/Edward Hill/Licensed Victualler/49/Clerkenwell/Census ****
1861/Martha Hill/Wife/41/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Martha Hill/Daughter/18/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Edward Hill/Son, Butcher/17/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Charles Hill/Son/14/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Emily Hill/Daughter/7/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Alfred Hill/Son/5/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Clara Hill/Daughter/1 month/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Sarah Laroche/Nurse, Widow/69/Maidstone, Kent/Census
1861/John Lee/Potman/46/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1861/John Hanson/Potman/21/Maidstone, Kent/Census

1 March 1864 The Will of Edward Hill late of the "Two Black Boys" Public House Well street Hackney in the County of Middlesex deceased who died 3 January 1864 at the "Two Black Boys" aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Martha Hannah Hill of the "Two Black Boys" Public House aforesaid Widow the Relict the sole executrix. Effects under £1000.

March 1864/Edward Hill/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

March 1864/Martha Hannah Hill, his executrix/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1866/Mrs Martha Hannah Hill/../../../Middlesex Post Office Directory ****

September 1870/Martha Hannah Hill/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

September 1870/Thomas Lageu/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

Thomas Lageu was at the Cheshire Cheese, Surrey Street, St Clements Danes in 1861 & the Alscot Arms, Bermondsey in 1866 ***

1871/Thomas Lageu/Licensed Victualler, Widow/38/Berkshire, Reading/Census ***
1871/Thomas Lageu/Son/9/Strand, Middlesex/Census
1871/William Lageu/Son/4/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1871/Eliza Simmonds/Housekeeper/22/Buckland, Dorsetshire/Census
1871/Richard Dewding/Servant/11/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1871/Charles Maggeu/Inn Servan/24/Hackney, Middlesex/Census

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

22 March 1873 The Will of Thomas Lageu late of the "Two Black Boys" Inn Well street Hackney in the County of Middlesex Licensed Victualler who died 30 January 1873 at the "Two Black Boys" was proved at the Principal Registry by Alfred Hudson of 9 Willow walk Grange road Bermondsey in the County of Surrey Gentleman and Charles lageu of 50 Exmouth street Clerkenwell in the County of Middlesex Ironmonger the Brother the Executors. Effects under £1000.

May 1873/Alfred Hudson and Charles Lague/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

May 1873/James King/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1874/Thomas King/../../../Middlesex Post Office Directory ****

1878/Thomas King/../../../Middlesex Post Office Directory ****

I have been researching my great great grandfather, John William King born Suffolk, who owned the 'White Horse' in Shenley Herts. All of his sons, but one owned pubs around London and his daughters (but one) all married husbands who also owned pubs, see the King Family, Shenley. *

1881/John King/Licensed Victualler/33/Shenley, Hertford/Census ****
1881/Elizabeth King/Wife/31/Wheathamstead, Hertford/Census
1881/James A King/Son/4/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Eliza King/Daughter/7/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Maria King/Sister/22/Phenly, Hertford/Census
1881/Mary A Groom/EWifes sister/21/Wheathamstead, Hertford/Census
1881/Martha Groom/Wifes sister/17/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Arthur Norris/Nephew/16/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Mary Agomtal/General Servant/17/Stratford, Essex/Census

1888/James King/../../../Records of Watney, Combe, Reid Brewery, held at City of Westminster Archives Centre **

1891/James King/Licensed Victualler/43/Shenley, Hertfordshire/Census ****
1891/Elizabeth King/Wife/41/Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire/Census
1891/Arthur C King/Son/5/Hackney, London/Census
1891/Mary A Groom/Sister, Assistant/51/Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire/Census
1891/Elizabeth Norris/Niece, Assistant/24/Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire/Census
1891/Annie Norris/Niece, Assistant/21/Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire/Census

1896/James King/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/James King/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1900/James King/../../../Post Office Directory **

1910/James King/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1915/James King/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/James King/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1934/Leonard Rogers/../../../Kelly's ****

1938/Leonard Rogers/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/Rt J Hiller/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1971/../Two Black Boys, 171 Well Street/../../Pub Directory ****

1983/../Two Black Boys, 171 Well Street - Watneys/../../Pub Directory ****

1991/../Claddagh, 171 Well Street - Grand Met, Watneys/../../Pub Directory ****

* Provided By Thelma McMurchy

*+ Provided By Tris

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided by Tim Lageu

**** Provided By Kevan

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