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White Horse, 11 High Street, Poplar

Poplar index

At 279 Poplar High Street before 1871 and renumbering. A tavern has existed here since at least 1690, rebuilt about 1868-70 and the current tavern was built about 1927 ***

The pub was rebuilt in 1870 and again in 1928. It closed and was demolished in 2003 after 313 years. The  pub sign is all that remains. **

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

White Horse, Poplar High Street - in May 2006

White Horse, Poplar High Street - in May 2006

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

The following entries are in this format:

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

The landlord in 1745 (and I think until her death in 1780) was listed as James Howes. There is more to this than meets the eye as 'James Howes' was in fact a woman called Mary East who lived as "man and wife" with a 'Mrs Howes' (who was also a woman, real name Miss How). **

1835/Edw. Hodges/../../../Robsonís Directory **

1837/John Bridal/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1839/Edward Hodges/../../../Pigotís Directory **

1842/Edw. Hodges/../../../Robsonís Directory **

1851/Edward Hodges/../../../Kellys Directory ****

[Sittingbourne was spelt Citinbourne, so a little error in census enumerator transcription may occur here]

1851/Eliza Hodges/Inn Keeper/20/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1851/Charlotte Ceson/Cousin, House Keeper/27/Sittingbourne, Kent/Census
1851/Edward Curse/Cousin, Visitor/18/Rochester, Kent/Census
1851/Charles Mills/Barman/19/Strand/Census
1851/Mary Ann Lewis/House Servant/22/Strand/Census
1851/Caroline Crever/House Servant/24/Poplar, Middlesex/Census

1861/George Wield/Publican Manager/21/Gravesend, Kent/Census ****
1861/Elizabeth Ferguson/House Keeper/21/Poplar/Census
1861/Sarah Cadie/Visitor, Widow/72/Chelham, Kent/Census
1861/Thomas Bentley/Barman/19/Stanfield, Essex/Census
1861/Lucilla Chalk/Servant/40/Poplar/Census

1862/Edward Hodges/../../../P.O. Directory **

May 1865/William Uffindell/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

May 1865/William King/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

November 1867/William King/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

November 1867/Harry Thomas Brown/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1869/Harry Thomas Brown/../../../Post Office Directory ****

October 1875/Henry Josiah Moore/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

October 1875/Alfred Binnion/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

August 1878/George Stebbing/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

August 1878/William Dakin/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1881/James Bloxham/Licensed Victualler/30/Northampton/Census ****
1881/Ann Bloxham/Wife/32/Northampton/Census
1881/Lilly Bloxham/Daughter/1/Chiselhurst, Kent/Census
1881/Frances Bloxham/Sister, Domestic Servant/20/Northampton/Census
1881/Jno Steedon/Barman/20/Northampton/Census

1882/James Bloxham/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1884/James Bloxham/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1886/Charles T Oliver/../../../Business Directory of London **

1891/Charles Farrance/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/John Wm Reeves/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/Mrs Rebecca Miller/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1901/Lucy Meeds/Head, Widow/62/../Census ****
1901/James Meeds/Son, Publican/23/Sussex/Census
1901/Percy Meeds/Son/19/Sussex/Census
1901/Ada Jacobson/Barmaid/21/London/Census
1901/Jenny Matthews/Barmaid/21/Poplar, London/Census

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

1915/Harry Scott/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Harry Scott/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1934/Harry Scott/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1938/Mrs E Scott/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/H L & Mrs Isabella M Hellmers/../../../Post Office Directory ****

J Mercer, of the White Horse, Poplar, entertained six Limehouse widows to a turley lunch, after hearing that they had a solitary Christmas. One of the guests had never tasted turkey before!

1950/J Mercer/../../../Black Eagle Journal *


* Provided by Alex Wilkinson

** Provided by Stephen Harris

*** Survey of London - Athlone Press 1944

**** Provided By Kevan


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