The modern Shepherd & Neame site make claims that this was an 16th century coaching inn on the LOndon - Dover road
Crown, Blackheath - circa 1840 (Landlord J Cooper)
Kindly provided by David Lawson
Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Blackheath, Kent . The Blackheath, Kent listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1788/Mr Bird/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London
Metropolitan Archives **
1789/Thomas Bird/Crown, Blackheath, victualler/../../Access to Archives Insurance Record
1826/John Cooper/../../../Pigot's Directory **
1832-34/John Cooper/../../../Pigots Directory ****
1840/John Cooper/../../../Pigots Directory ****
5 August 1848/James Barnes charged with stealing sundry pewter pots, three pint pots the property of Mr Mann, landlord of the Hare and Billet, Blackheath, and one quart pot, the property of Mr Evans, landlord of the Crown tavern, Blackheath/../../../West Kent Guardian ****
1852/Charles Evans/../../../Archdeacons Directory ****
1855/R Dronet/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1858/Richard Drouet/../../../Melvilles Directory ****
1862/Richard Drouet/../../../Kelly's Directory **
January 1872/Emma Drouet/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****
January 1872/Octavius Coppinger/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****
1874/Octavius Coppinger/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1881/Arthur W Bischoff/Licensed Victualler/25/Surrey/Census ****
1881/Eliza W Bischoff/Wife/27/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Lily M Bischoff/Daughter/2/Blackheath, Kent/Census
1881/Mary Mahony/Domestic Servant/21/Greenwich, Kent/Census
1881/Joseph Haward/Servant, Clockmaker/18/London, Middlesex/Census
1882/Arthur Bischoff/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1891/William H Waley/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1891/William H Hailey/Hotel Keeper/56/Deptford, Kent/Census ****
1891/Rose E Hailey/Wife/48/Ealing, Middlesex/Census
1891/Lizzie Coker/Barmaid/20/Bromley by Bow, Essex/Census
1891/Elizabeth Clark/Cook/28/Hartland near Devon/Census
1891/William Saunders/Barman/20/Tower Hamlets, London/Census
1896/William H Waley/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1905/Mrs Clara Loudra Holt/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1906/Mrs Clara Loudra Holt/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1908/Alex MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1911/Alex MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1911/Alexander MacFarlane/Licensed Victualler/44/Glasgow, Scotland/Census ****
1911/Alice Maud MacFarlane/Wife/33/Millwall, London/Census
1911/Alexander William MacFarlane/Son/4/Blackheath, London/Census
1911/Douglas Stuart MacFarlane/Son/10 months/Blackheath, London/Census
1911/Mary Mayo Wakeman/General Servant/31/Charlton, London/Census
1911/Violet Bibby/Barmaid/22/Bradford, Yorkshire/Census
1911/Florence Mallett/Barmaid/21/Preston, Lancashire/Census
My grandparents were at the Crown Hotel according to their marriage certificate of 18th July 1911 ***
18 July 1911/Luke Noble/Billiard Marker/42 (44 actually)/30 South Vale,Blackheath - born Southwark/Marriage Certificate
18 July 1911/Mary Mayo Wakeman/Domestic Servant/32/The Crown Hotel, Blackheath - born Woolwich/Marriage Certificate ***
1914/Alexander MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory **
1919/Alexander MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1921/Alexander MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory **
1934/Alexander MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory **
1938/Alexander MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1944/Alex MacFarlane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1958/Alex MacFarlane/../../../Personal history *
August 1958 - May 1963/Benjamin & Margaret Richardson/../../../Personal history *
August 1958/Benjamin W. Richardson / Publican, Landlord / 36 / Born; Chiswick 1922 *
August 1958/Margaret C. Richardson / Wife, Landlady / 33 / Born Rawalpindi 1925
August 1958/Paul E.S. Richardson / Son / * / Born Park Royal, Middlesex
The Crown is of particular interest; my mother and father took over from Alec Macfarlane on 25th August 1958. There they stayed until May 9th 1963 when they moved to the Swiss Cottage in Forest Hill (at 149 Stanstead Road). Then in July 1965 we all moved to the Mulberry Tree in Margate before running the Bricklayers Arms in Best Lane, Canterbury (20/3/68 - 20/12/68). My late father, an insurance broker by profession, decided to take a 10 year break from that and go into the licensed trade. One could do such a thing in those days. The family decided to go back to a private house in 1968. *
* Provided By Paul Richardson
** Provided By Ewan
*** Provided By Allen Burton
**** 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 1840 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