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Running Horses, Erith High Street, Erith DA8 1QY

Erith pub history index

at West Street in 1874, 11 High Street in 1882 and 1901 census; This pub was established in around 1834 and rebuilt in its present form in 1938 **

Directory of Pubs in the UK, London historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Erith, Kent .

The Running Horses, late in 1940 after the bombing raid that demolished and killed many

The Running Horses, late in 1940 after the bombing raid that demolished and killed many

Further details of those who perished are near the end of this page

Kindly provided by Graham R A Jansen

Running Horses, High Street, Erith  - in November 2007

Running Horses, High Street, Erith - in November 2007

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address

1832-34/Thomas Newman/../../../Pigots Directory

1840/Thomas Newman/../../../Pigots Directory

1858/John Pryor/../../../Melvilles Directory

1862/J Pryer/../../../Post Office Directory

1874/James Bridge/../../../Post Office Directory

1881/Mary Fisher/Publican, Widow/31/Wotham, Kent/Census
1881/William/Son/12/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Rose/Daughter/11/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Arthur/Son/9/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Frederick/Son/6/Lewisham, Kent/Census
1881/Villier Perivia/Visitor/13/Calcutta, India/Census
1881/William Martin/Barman/19/Henly, Middlesex/Census

1882/Mrs Mary Fisher/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/James Hy Henshaw/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/James H Henshaw/Licensed Victualler/33/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census
1891/Victoria S Henshaw/Wife/28/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census
1891/Ethel V Henshaw/Daughter/4/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census
1891/Elsie M Henshaw/Daughter/2/Erith, Kent/Census
1891/Robert J Beadle/Barman/19/Erith, Kent/Census
1891/Alice E Fincham/Cook/21/Camberwell, Surrey/Census
1891/Elizabeth Bellingham/Nurse/14/Erith, Kent/Census

1901/Charles Beaver/Licensed Victualler/33/Woolwich, Kent/Census
1901/Annie Lampkin/Barmaid/23/Theberton, Kent/Census
1901/Mary M Major/Domestic Servant, Widow/36/Plaistow, Essex/Census
1901/Emma Watson/Barmaid/18/Woolwich, Kent/Census

1903/William Hillier/../../../Post Office Directory

My Great Grandfather Samuel Coles was the Proprietor of the Bull's Head Public House in Crayford in 1911. Prior to this he was the owner and manager at the Running Horses. He entered the Public House business in 1904. *

1904-10?/Sam Coles/../../../Post Office Directory *

1913/Jas Frank Montague/../../../Post Office Directory

1922/Arthur E Williams/../../../Post Office Directory

1930/George Grant/../../../Post Office Directory

1938/Jas Frederick Butler/../../../Post Office Directory

My Grandfather, Thomas Arthur House (b. 12/11/1896, Westminster) was killed at The Running Horses at 1930 hrs on 29/11/1940 during a bombing raid. He was an ARP Ambulance Driver, aged 44 yrs. He was killed with a Henry George Frederick Parry, aged 19 yrs, an ARP Stretcher Bearer and an Albert Sydney Humphreys, aged 50 yrs, a Fireman, AFS. They are commemorated in perpetuity by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The licensee of the pub, William Zachariah Coles, aged 49 yrs, was also killed in the blast.

I have been told that The Crown public House, which stood on the opposite corner to The Running Horses, was so severely damaged it was never used again and was later demolished. The landlord's wife, Mary Louisa Witherdon, aged 73 yrs was also killed along with a Joseph Lancelot Addison, aged 76 yrs. A local researcher remembers his father telling him "the Crown had got it" when he returned home from fire watching. Mr. Coles had been standing at the front door of the newly completed Running Horses and was killed instantly. Apart from the deaths of my Grandfather and his colleagues there were no less than twenty people injured. One of the wardens, a Henry Sims was slightly injured and reported that the victims in the pub were still seated at the table and had no visible injuries, they were typical blast victims. The landlord's wife, Annie Elizabeth Coles is understood to have continued to serve drinks out of the back of the pub after her husband was killed.

My Grandfather's widow, Flora McAlister Campbell House (McGregor) went on to marry Leslie James Holloway (16/05/1916 Erith d. Jul 1989 Dartford) Dec 1942. He became the landlord of the Kings Head public house in Erith and lived there for 42 years having moved there at the age of two. The pub used to belong to his uncle, Arthur Hewett, who lived next door. He had a club foot and used a crutch to get around the bar. Because of his uncle's disability, the pub was run by his parents, James William Holloway (b. Dec 1885 Dartford) and Emma Matilda Holloway (Hewett). Les remembered beer being 4d a pint and tobacco fourpence ha'penny a packet. He was a popular figure in Erith having run the Kings Head for over 10 yrs. He was once described as Erith's answer to Fanny Waldren - the famous Tottenham Hotspurs winger of the 1920's.  ***

Myself & My Husband had the lease on this pub from May 2006 till September 2020 - Mr Philip Davidson & Mrs Lorraine Davidson

* Provided By David Yates

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By Graham R A Jansen

And Last updated on: Friday, 02-Jul-2021 11:14:01 BST