In 1843, the owners of the Kings Head had part of the roman wall, outside, demolished in order to insert a new window overlooking the new railway station. This led to the pub being nicknamed the "Hole in the Wall". The nickname remained until 1963 when the pub was officially renamed the Hole in the Wall.
Colchester pub history index
Note the Roman Wall as mentioned previously
Early 1960's (Front)
18th September 1999 (Rear)
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1777: Will of Daniel Manning - Devises to his son Daniel Manning, a copyhold
cottage adjoining two closes of land whereon a brick-kiln formerly stood, in
Wickham Bishops, now leased by Elizabeth Barnard for life at an annual rent
of £2.; a freehold cottage and garden called Vicard Garden in St. Giles,
Colchester, in the Occupation of John Niles at an annual rent of £10, to his
friends John Pearson of layer de la Haye, and (Charles Hills of Colchester,
baymaker, struck through) in trust to sell and settle the proceeds equally
on Samuel his son and Elizabeth, his daughter at the age of 21 years, and in
the meantime to apply the interest thereform to their education and welfare;
in the event of one of them dying its portion shall pass to the other; or if
both should die, the money shall sink into the residue of his personal
estate; the capital messuage or inn called the Kings Head in Colchester,
Wehrein the testator dwells, and two meadows in St. Mary at the Walls,
Colchester, and all other his real and personal estate (incl. two shares in
`The Norwich Machine by Colchester' ) to the said trustees (but Charles
Hills struck thorugh to convert it all into money which they shall invest in
securities (exepnses and debts having been paid), in trust for his said
sons, Daniel, and Samuel, and daughter, Elizabeth until the age of 21 years,
the interest meanwhile to be applied ti their education and welfare; in the
event of any child dying its share shall be divided edqually among the
survivors: or if all shall die, then the whole residue shall pass to the
testator's brother, Joseph Manning and his nephews William and George Willis
in equal shares. Appoints John Pearson and (Charles Hills struck through)
the guardians of his children druing their minorities.
1845/John Rumsey/../../../Post Office
1851/John Rumsey/../../../Post Office
1851/Susannah Rumsey/married, publican/51/Colchester, Essex/Census **
(Probably the wife of John Rumsey)
1862/Mrs. Susannah Rumsey/../../../Kelly's
1867/Mrs. Susan Rumsey/../../../Post Office
1870/Mrs. Susannah Rumsey/../../../Kelly's
1871/Mrs. Susannah Rumsey/../../../Post Office
1878/Harry E. Chenery/../../../Kelly's
1881/George W. Smith/Licensed Victualler/45/Lexden, Essex/Census
1881/Martha Smith/Wife/46/Evedon, Lincoln/Census
1881/Agnes M. Smith/Daughter/9/Stanway, Essex/Census
1882/George William Smith/../../../Kelly's
1886/George William Smith/../../../Kelly's
1894/Frederick William Adams/../../../Kelly's
1895/Frederick William Adams/../../../Kelly's
1901/Richard Mortimer/Licensed Victualler/44/Stoke, Suffolk/Census ****
1901/Emma Mortimer/Wife/42/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Rose Mortimer/Daughter/20/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Daisy Mortimer/Daughter/19/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Richard Mortimer/Son, Steam Engine Fitter/17/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Bertie Mortimer/Son/13/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Emma Mortimer/Daughter/11/Colchester, Essex/Census
1908/Mrs. Emma Mortimer/../../../Kelly's
1912/Mrs. Emma Mortimer/../../../Kelly's
1914/Mrs. Emma Mortimer/../../../Kelly's ****
1917/Mrs. Emma Mortimer/../../../Kelly's
1925/Leonard King Martin/../../../Kelly's
1937/George Western/../../../Kelly's ****
* Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900
** Provided by John Mead
**** Provided by Kevan
What I am now attempting to achieve is the coverage of an earlier London
street directory in 1832. This is unique, plus
images of the 1842 Robsons directory which confirm earlier entries and also
carry much more trade detail about a premises or person. Here is the index of streets in 1832, many with
1842 imagery added.
And next is the complete 1940 London street directory - this will take some months to complete, so bear with me!
London pub history directory.
London Street Listings in 1832.
London street listings in 1842
London Street Listings in 1818 - mainly A and B.
London public houses in 1833 Pigots.
Entire London Street Listing in 1843 - by surname.
London public houses in 1856.
London public houses in 1869.
London public houses in 1899
London 1921 Street directory in 1921
London 1940 Street directory 1940
London Pubs in 2018