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Maid's Head, Thorpe Street, Thorpe-le-Soken

Now known as the Olive Branch

Maid's Head, Thorpe Street, Thorpe-le-Soken

15th August 2000

WILLIAM HAWKINS mid to late1840's  was the landlord of The Maids Head Pub, Thorpe le Soken, now known as the Olive Branch. His wife was ANNE ASHMEAD from Wells next the Sea Norfolk.

WILLIAM LANKASTER [see 1848] and WILLIAM HAWKINS are the same man. It has taken my husband fifty years to solve some of this mystery. When he was about fifteen his grandmother said to him well actually our name is not LANKASTER it was changed by my grandfather. She did not tell him what it really was or why it was changed. Three years ago we were contacted via the net by a lady who said the name your looking for is HAWKINS she was a distant cousin and had found a copy of WILLIAM's  will and in it he clearly states that he is WILLIAM HAWKINS aka LANCASTER. We then contacted the Ipswich Cemtery where he is buried and it has both names on his burial records. Armed with this information we did a search for his father and found that he was born THOMAS HAWKINS in 1790 in Southwark. but he also changed his name in the early 1840's to LANCASTER.  WILLIAM baptised his first child in the name of HAWKINS but all other children as LANCASTER. Father and son were both publican's and so far we have traced pubs in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of London ran by one or the other of them. In his will WILLIAM left a huge some of money for those days and refers to properties in Suffolk and Middlesex, the Suffolk one's we think we have traced the Middlesex ones we have not even started on. ***

Known Residents

The following entries are in this format:

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

1769/John Cross/Licensee/../../Alehouse Recognizances

1839/Sarah Tungatt/../../../Pigot's

1840/Sarah Tungatt/../../../Pigot's*

1845/John Field/../../../Post Office

1848/William Lancaster/Victualler/../../White's

1851/William Stowers/../../../Post Office

1851/William Stowers/innkeeper/51/Tillingham, Essex/Census **
1851/Eliza Stowers/wife/42/Suffolk/Census **
1851/Emily Stowers/daughter, scholar/10/Bradwell, Essex/Census **
1851/Thomas Stowers/son, scholar/07/Bradwell, Essex/Census **
1851/Mary Hill/barmaid/17/Surrey/Census **
1851/Robert Debenham/visitor, commercial traveller/47/Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk/Census **
1851/Eliza Fisk/house servant/27/Thorpe le Soken, Essex/Census **
1851/John Almond/house servant/32/Great Bentley, Essex/Census **
1851/William Smith/lodger/20/Beaumont cum Moze, Essex/Census **

1855/Mrs. M. A. Richardson/../../../Kelly's*

1862/Mrs. Mary Ann Richardson/../../../Kelly's

1867/William Cutts Brightwell/Carpenter/../../Post Office

1870/William Carter/../../../Kelly's

1871/William Carter/../../../Post Office

1874/William Hall Norris/../../../Kelly's

1878/Mrs. Sarah Norris/../../../Kelly's

1881/Charles Keeble/Builder & Innkeeper/32/Thorp, Essex/Census
1881/Anna Keeble/Wife/25/Thorp, Essex/Census
1881/Philip Wagstaff/Ostler/22/Manningtree, Essex/Census

1882/Charles Keeble/Builder/../../Kelly's

1886/Charles Keeble/Builder/../../Kelly's

1890/Alfred Deal/G. E. Railway Agent/../../Kelly's

1891/Alfred Deal/Innkeeper/46/Foxearth, Essex/Census
1891/Charlotte Deal/Wife/36/Little Clacton, Essex/Census
1891/Alfred Deal/Son/10/St. Johns Wood, London/Census
1891/Clara Barnes/Stepdaughter/14/Elstree, Herts/Census
1891/George F. Barnes/Son/13/Elstree, Herts/Census
1891/? Gooch/General Servant/14/Tendring, Essex/Census
1891/Walter F. ?/Ostler/56/Tendring, Essex/Census

1894/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1895/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1898/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1899/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1902/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1906/Alfred Deal/../../../Kelly's

1908/Robert Samuel Wilson/../../../Kelly's

1910/Robert Samuel Wilson/../../../Kelly's

1912/Alex. A. N. Sealey/../../../Kelly's

1914/Alex. A. N. Sealey/../../../Kelly's

1917/Alex. A. N. Sealey/../../../Kelly's

1922/Frederick Whitby/../../../Kelly's

1925/Henry A. Pemberton/../../../Kelly's

1929/Lionel Charles Denniss/.Proprietor/../../Kelly's

1933/Lionel Charles Denniss/Proprietor/../../Kelly's

1937/H. S. Knowler/Proprietor/../../Kelly's


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

** Provided by John Mead

*** Provided by Carole Clarke

And Last updated on: Saturday, 01-Apr-2017 13:51:12 BST