Henry III is rumoured to have stayed here.
18th July 1999
Taken by Stephen Parker
The deed of 1739 show that the Kings Head was once a part of the manor court held by John Offord. Until around 1793 it was called the Blue Boar. It was originally a coaching Inn.
The Whispering Court, so the story goes, originates from the night the Lord of the Manor, returning home late one night, heard whispering. He listened and heard some of his tenant farmers planning to kill him. As a penalty, he summoned them to attend the Whispering Post each year at midnight on the first Wednesday after Michaelmas, which was the lawless hour. The tenants names were whispered and if they failed to respond, they were heavily fined. Before the meeting, a feast took place at the Kings Head. Between 10 and 15 men sat down to a meal of boiled fowl, a leg of mutton with caper sauce, vegetables, plum pudding, apple tart and sweets. After supper a huge bowl of sweet punch was served and a silver spoon which contained a King George II silver coin. This steaming potion consisted of rum, brandy, port, sherry, shrub, spruce, hot water, lemon and sugar galore. After a toast to the Queen, the "revelry began and hilarity prevailed". Afterwards they made their way to the Whispering Post where the court took place. Then they returned to the Kings Head where another bowl of punch awaited them.
Supplied by Mave Sipple
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1845/John Offord/../../../Post Office
1851/John Offord/../../../Post Office
1851/John Offord/innkeeper + farmer (150 acres/6 men + 2 boys)/41/Stambridge, Essex/Census ***
1851/Harriett Offord/wife/40/Ingatestone, Essex/Census ***
1851/Henry Hart/brother in law, waiter/26/Prittlewell, Essex/Census ***
1851/Edward Steer/ostler/30/Hawkwell, Essex/Census ***
1851/Maria Sparrow/general servant/20/Hockley, Essex/Census ***
1851/James Bacon/lodger, ag lab/41/Eastwood, Essex/Census ***
1861/John Thomas Clapman/Innkeeper & Farmer/46/Leytonstone, Essex/Census*
1861/Jane Clapman/Wife/40/Chelmsford, Essex/Census*
1861/Henry John Clapman/Son/16/Blackmore, Essex/Census*
1861/Arthur Clapman/Son/8/Grays, Essex/Census*
1861/Jane Clapman/Visitor/15/Edgware, Essex/Census*
1861/Sarah Barker/Servant, House Servant/20/Rochford, Essex/Census*
1862/John T. Chapman/../../../Kelly's
1867/John Thomas Chapman/../../../Post Office
1870/Henry Hart/Inland Revenue Officer/../../Kelly's
1871/Henry Hart/Inland Revenue Officer/../../Post Office
1874/Amos Brown/Inland Revenue Officer/../../Kelly's
1881/Charles Brown/Innkeeper/32/Goldhanger, Essex/Census
1881/Julia A. Brown/Wife/27/Steeple, Essex/Census
1881/Rose Grainger/General Domestic Servant/18/Dorley, Middlesex/Census
1881/Walter Cripps/Boots/15/Great Wakering, Essex/Census
1895/Charles Frederick Lewis/../../../Kelly's
1898/Charles Frederick Lewis/../../../Kelly's
1899/Charles Frederick Lewis/../../../Kelly's
* Provided by CG
** Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900
*** Provided by John Mead
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