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Sun, London Road & High Street, Romford

Romford pub history index

There has been a Sun public house on this site at Romford since the early 17th century, although the records show a change of name (at one time it was called the Compasses). the hungry and thirsty traveller in Romford has always found hospitality at this spot. - Black Eagle ***

For the History of Romford & other areas of Havering:

The Sun, Romford, in 1889, by Bamford

The Sun, Romford, in 1889, by Bamford

The sketch states 'built by Wm Grafton in 1632'

Sun, London Road & High Street, Romford

18th August 2003

Taken by Brian Woolley

The following entries are in this format:

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

1805/Henry Laver, the Sun, Romford, Essex/../../Holdens directory ****

1811/Henry Laver/../../../Holden's*

1822/Ann Laver/../../../Pigot's*

1823-4/Ann Laver/../../../Pigot's

1826/Ann Laver/../../../Pigot's

1828-9/Ann Laver/../../../Pigot's

1832-3/Frederick Belsey/../../../Pigot's

1839/Frederick Belsey/../../../Pigot's

1845/John Borrowdale/Excise Officer/../../Post Office

1848/John Willis Borrowdale/../../../White's

1851/Joseph Duncombe/../../../Post Office

1851/Charles Parker/Innkeeper/51/Chelmsford, Essex/Census**
1851/Suzannah Parker/Wife/41/Burnham, Essex/Census**
1851/James Melbourne/Lodger, Farm Labourer/33/Fisfield?, Essex/Census**
1851/Henry Hale/Lodger, Shoemaker/65/Romford, Essex/Census**
1851/Henry Clarke/Lodger, Farm Labourer/35/Halstead, Essex/Census**

1855/Mrs. S. Parker/../../../Kelly's*

1861/Alfred Pryor/Licensed Victualler/36/Tottenham, Middx/Census ****
1861/Mary A Pryor/Wife/25/Canterbury, Kent/Census
1861/Robert A Pryor/Son/3/Islington, Middx/Census
1861/Mary A Pryor/Daughter/2 months/Romford, Essex/Census
1861/Joseph Norris/Friend,Assistant to Ld Victualler/57/Canterbury, Kent/Census
1861/Eliza Norris/Sister-in-law/22/Canterbury, Kent/Census
1861/Emily Norris/Sister-in-law/17/Canterbury, Kent/Census
1861/Elizabeth Norris/Sister-in-law/8/Canterbury, Kent/Census
1861/George Climelly/Lodger,Agr Labourer/38/Ireland/Census
1861/Colin Squire/Lodger, Sawyer of wood/63/Romford, Essex/Census
1861/Eliza Squire/Lodger/53/Romford, Essex/Census

1862/Alfred Pryor/../../../Kelly's

1863/Elias Spearman/../../../White's

1867/George William Barton/../../../Post Office

1870/Alfred William Hoare/../../../Kelly's

1871/Alfred William Hoare/../../../Post Office

1871/Joseph Wallace/Innkeeper/45/Latchingdon, Essex/Census**
1871/Charlotte A. Wallace/Wife/43/Kelvedon, Essex/Census**
1871/Charlotte M. Wallace/Daughter, Scholar/10/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census**
1871/Joseph E. Wallace/Son, Scholar/8/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census**
1871/Arthur J. Wallace/Son, Scholar/6/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census**
1871/William Ward/Lodger, Labourer/59/Dublin, Ireland/Census**
1871/Joseph Johnson/Lodger, Shoemaker/56/London, Middlesex/Census**
1871/John Curley/Lodger, General Dealer/21/London, Middlesex/Census**

30/08/1872/Joseph Wallace/../../../Petty Sessions Victuallers Records

1874/Joseph Wallace/../../../Kelly's

1878/Joseph Wallace/../../../Kelly's

21/03/1872/Charlotte Wallace/../../../Petty Sessions Victuallers Records

1881/Charlotte Wallace/Licensed Victualler/50/Kelvedon, Essex/Census
1881/Charlotte Wallace/Daughter/20/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census
1881/Arthur Wallace/Son, Apprentice Carpenter/16/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census
1881/George Porter/Ostler/18/Mountnessing, Essex/Census

1882/Mrs. Charlotte Wallace/../../../Kelly's

1886/Mrs. Charlotte Wallace/../../../Kelly's

1890/Mrs. Charlotte Wallace/../../../Kelly's

1891/Charlotte Wallace/Innkeeper/60/Kelvedon, Essex/Census
1891/Joseph Wallace/Son/28/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census
1891/Arthur Wallace/Son, Carpenter/26/East Hanningfield, Essex/Census
1891/Arthur Pannel/Boarder, Outfitter/60/Belchamp, Essex/Census
1891/Bernard Fitzpatrick/Boarder, Labourer, Army Pensioner/68/Brentford, Middlesex/Census
1891/William Reed/Boarder, Labourer, Army Pensioner/46/Romford, Essex/Census
1891/Joseph Green/Boarder, Labourer, Army Pensioner/62/South Hornchurch, Essex/Census
1891/Henry Field/Boarder, Harness Maker/57/Coddisham, Suffolk/Census
1891/Henry Bradley/Boarder, Labourer/53/Romford, Essex/Census

1894/Mrs. Charlotte Wallace/../../../Kelly's

1895/Mrs. Charlotte Wallace/../../../Kelly's

03/03/1898/Fredk Chas Otley/../../../Petty Sessions Victuallers Records

1898/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1899/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1901/Frederick C. Ottley/Licensed Victualler/28/Braintree, Essex/Census**
1901/Ada Ottley/Sister/26/Braintree, Essex/Census**
1901/Eliza Harris/Domestic Servant/19/Chelmsford, Essex/Census**
1901/William Spatleman/Potman/19/Islington, London/Census**

1902/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1906/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1908/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1910/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1911/Frederick Charles Ottley/Publican/38/Notley, Near Braintree, Essex/Census ****
1911/Maud Ottley/Wife/32/Uxbridge, Middlesex/Census
1911/Doris Maud Ottley/Daughter/3/Romford, Essex/Census
1911/Ethel Marshall/Servant/19/Haggerston, London/Census
1911/Florence Alice Britton/Servant/25/Margaretting, essex/Census
1911/Lydia James/Nurse, Widow/57/City, London/Census
1911/Frank Adams/Visitor/25/Warwickshire/Census

1912/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1914/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1917/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1922/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1925/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1929/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1933/Frederick Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

1937/Charles Ottley/../../../Kelly's

Mr Max Gillan has held the licence since the new house was built by Trumans in 1937 but his wife was born in the old Sun, a free house, and remembers the circumstances surrounding the purchase of the house by our company. One of our Directors was visiting and had to suffer the indignity of watching a dray from another brewery unloading outside. He asked, "Why don't you sell only Truman's beers?". From this remark came the negotiations which resulted in the house becoming our property. The catering is managed by Mrs Gillan and her lunches are justly famous.
With the Sun football team Champions of the 2nd division of the South Essex league, Mr Gillan, who is vice-president of the Romford Football League, has every reason to be proud of his connections in this field. - Black Eagle Journal ***

Mrs & Mrs Gillan at the Sun, in 1959

Mrs & Mrs Gillan at the Sun, in 1959

Kindly provided by Alex Wilkinson

* Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900

** Provided by CG

*** Provided by Alex Wilkinson

**** Provided by Kevan

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