Upshire pub history index
Demolished in the 1980's
This photo was printed in the Essex Countryside magazine in July 1966 with the a letter stating that it was taken in 1891 and shows a meeting of a local naturalist society who roamed Epping Forest. The meeting is taking place in a pub which the letter writer, Mrs TH Turner believed to be the Wake Arms. Mrs Turner's father, William Alder is the back row, and his son, a keen photographer may have taken the picture.
Wake Arms, Epping Forest - A B Davis Ltd, Epping & Loughton
Kindly provided by Colleen
Interesting letters in the Essex Countryside magazine state that the pub name is believed to have derived from the Wake family which claims descent from Hereward Leofricson, Lord of Bourne, commonly known as Hereward the Wake - the Wake meaning last of the Saxons. The Wakes were a well known Essex landowning family and ownership of this manor descended to Sire William Wake in 1755.
The pub was rebuilt in about 1932, until then, a massive sign on the opposite side of the Epping Road bore on both sides a heraldic representation of the Wake family Arms. One account tells how the Wake family used to block up he natural springs used to by picnickers at High Beech in order to 'encourage' the use of their pub until the authorities stepped in and banned the practice. Writing in 1887, Miller Christy the pub sign historian stated that the Wake Arms was over 40 years old in 1887.
It was one of a number of pubs in and around Epping Forest with associations with Dick Turpin, the Highwayman. The pub had items of Turpin's clothing on display for some years - presumably because Turpin stayed there prior to being caught and left them there?
Kindly donated by Colleen
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1841/John Billings/Publican/45/Essex/Census ****
1841/Charles Eve/Male Servant/20/Essex/Census
1841/Eliza Hannon/Female Servant/15/../Census
1841/Charlotte Collop/Female Servant/14/Essex/Census
1845/James Billings/../../../Post Office
1848/George Rand/../../../Post Office
14 March 1853/Henry Smith/Publican/../../Baptismal Records**
14 March 1853/Sarah Smith/Wife/../../Baptismal Records
14 March 1853/Henry Smith/Son/../../Baptismal Records
1 April 1857/Henry James Smith/Publican/../../Baptismal Records**
1 April 1857/Sarah Smith/Wife/../../Baptismal Records
1 April 1857/George Smith/Son/../../Baptismal Records
1861/Henry James Smith/Inn Keeper/35/Aldgate, Middlesex/Census ****
1861/Sarah Smith/Wife/28/Braintree, Essex/Census
1861/William Smith/Son/6/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census
1861/Susannah Smith/Daughter/2/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census
1861/Thomas Grinsdick/Visitor, Baker/34/Epping, Essex/Census
1861/Elizabeth Gunnett/House Servant/18/Hatfield Heath, Essex/Census
1861/Sarah Bently/Nursemaid/11/London, Middlesex/Census
1861/Abraham Redington/Ostler/39/Theydon Garnon, Essex/Census
1861/John Spinks/Traveller, Hawker/40/London, Middlesex/Census
1861/Mary Spinks/Traveller, Hawkers Wife/36/London, Middlesex/Census
1867/James Wright/../../../Post Office
1871/Richard Gearing/Inn Keeper/44/Kilmiston, Hampshire/Census ****
1871/Emily Gearing/Wife/50/Ropley, Hampshire/Census
1871/Percy Gearing/Son/18/Wield, Hampshire/Census
1871/Francis Gearing/Son/13/North Stoneham, Hampshire/Census
1871/Elizabeth Ritson/General Servant/16/London, Middlesex/Census
1871/William Hayden/Ostler/28/Debden, Essex/Census
1878/Mrs. Emily Gearing/../../../Kelly's
1880/Mrs. Emily Gearing/../../../Kelly's*
1881/Emily Gearing/Licensed Victualler/55/Ropley, Hampshire/Census
1881/Percy Gearing/Son, Barman/27/Wield, Hampshire/Census
1881/Frank Gearing/Son, Barman/23/Stoneham Park, Hampshire/Census
1881/George Ellis/Ostler/27/Epping, Essex/Census
1881/Abraham Reddington/Gardener/60/Theydon, Essex/Census
1882/Mrs. Emily Gearing/../../../Kelly's
1885/Mrs. E. Gearing/../../../Kelly's*
1886/Mrs. Emily Gearing/../../../Kelly's
1891/Richard Gearing/Licensed Victualler/37/Wield, Hants/Census ****
1891/Francis Gearing/Brother, Licensed Victualler/33/Stoneham, Hants/Census
1891/William Hayden/Boarder, General Labourer/52/Debden, Essex/Census
1901/Richard P S Gearing/Licensed Victualler/48/Wield, Hants/Census ****
1901/Georgina E Gearing/Wife/42/Nazeing, Essex/Census
1901/Lucy A Clayden/Visitor/40/Nazeing, Essex/Census
1911/R P C Gearing/Publican/58/Wield, Hampshire/Census ****
1911/G G Gearing/Wife/50/Nazing, Essex/Census
1911/William Cousens/Barman/30/North Weald, Essex/Census
1911/Annie Yeldham/General Servant/46/St Georges East, London/Census
1912/Mrs. Georgina E. Gearing/../../../Kelly's
1917/Mrs. Georgina E. Gearing/../../../Kelly's
1925/Mrs. Georgina E. Gearing/../../../Kelly's
* Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900s
** Provided by Mike Smiths
**** 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