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Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road, Bermondsey SE1

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Existed from at least 1821. In 1851 and earlier, Grange Road is numbered listed according to places, and is at Fort Place, Grange Road; at 131 Grange Road by 1856 through renumbering. Now abbreviated to the Fort **

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Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road, Bermondsey - circa 1920

Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road, Bermondsey - circa 1920

Kindly provided by Eric Stacey

Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road, SE1 - in July 2007

Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road, SE1 - in July 2007

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address.

Francis Rockliff moved to Fort Place after 1818 but before 1821, and his occupation was a victualler. Before that he was a warehouseman. His son Charles gave Grange Road as his address when his children were baptised in 1837, 1838, 1839, 1841. In 1843 he was living in Blue Anchor Place as a victualler and in 1844 Providence Street. *

1822/Francis Rockliff/Royal Fort, Fort place, Grange road/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances

1825/Francis Rockcliffe/Royal Fort, Grange road/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances

1826/Francis Rockcliffe/Royal Fort, Grange road/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances

William Manktelow, the publican at the Horse Shoe, 10 Grange Road, was the son-in-law of Francis Rockliff. *

1839/Francis Rockliff/../../../Pigots Directory *

1841/Ch Rockliff/../../../Post Office Directory *

1841/Charles Rockliff/Victualler/25/Surrey/Census *
1841/Ann Rockliff/../25/Surrey/Census
1841/Mary Rockliff/../4/Surrey/Census
1841/Laetitia Rockliff/../3/Surrey/Census
1841/Clara Rockliff/../6 months/Surrey/Census
1841/Ann Rutland/Female Servant/25/../Census
1841/Henry Wilkinson/Male Servant/15/Surrey/Census
1841/Mary Manns/Female Servant/10/Surrey/Census

1843/Chas Rockliff/../../../Kellys Directory

1848/John Nicholl/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/John Nicholl/../../../Kellys Directory

1856/John Nicholl/../../../Post Office Directory

1861/John Brook/Victualler/53/Newington/Census
1861/Jane Brook/Wife/53/Newington/Census
1861/John Brook/Son/25/Bermondsey/Census
1861/Mary Ann Brook/Daughter/16/Bermondsey/Census
1861/Jane Penfold/Grand Daughter/7/Folkestone, Kent/Census
1861/Matilda Pummell/Barmaid/17/Newington/Census
1861/Mary A King/Housemaid/32/Ireland/Census
1861/Robert Frampton/Pot Man/26/Bermondsey/Census

1869/John E Brook/../../../Post Office Directory

1877/Mrs Jane Brook/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/Jane Brook/Licensed Victualler, Widow/73/St Saviours, Surrey/Census
1881/Jane A Penfold/Grand Daughter/27/Chelsea, Middlesex/Census
1881/Alfred Ball/Barman/29/Westerham, Essex/Census
1881/Frederick W Lewis/Barman/15/Camberwell, Surrey/Census
1881/Emily Willetts/Domestic Servant/28/Cranford, Middlesex/Census

1882/John Elias Brook/../../../Post Office Directory

1884/John E Brook/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/John Elias Brook/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Mrs Fanny Jane Brook/../../../Post Office Directory *++

1899/Henry Waghorn/../../../Post Office Directory

George Gow was born 17 Oct 1868, at Calton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was a hairdresser in Glasgow in the 1891 census. He married at the 5th January 1892, Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland to my Great Aunt, Agnes Brown (1863-1903). They had one daughter, Annie Crawford Gow, born 10 Feb 1893, in Glasgow. Again in the 1901 census he was a hair dresser in Glasgow. *+

After the death of his wife Agnes in 1903 he moved to Sussex, England whwre he remarried in January 1904, in Brighton, to Beatrice Baker (1865-1911). By 1906 he is listed at 131 Grange Road, Bermondsey. Records of 1906 to 1918 list George Gow as a publican at this address. By 1920 he is listed as a retired publican at 155 Drummond Street, Bermondsey. He dies on the  31 Oct 1921, in Brighton, Sussex at 27 Bond Street, Brighton. *+

1910/George Gow/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/George Gow/Publican/42/Glasgow, Lanarkshire/Census
1911/Beatrice Gow/Wife, Assistant/46/Groombridge, Sussex/Census
1911/Ann Crawford Gow/Daughter, Assistant/18/Glasgow, Lanarkshire/Census
1911/George Samuel Gow/Son/3/Bermondsey, London/Census
1911/Alice Rose Chiles/Barmaid/23/Camberwell, London/Census
1911/Beatrice Louisa Dunn/Barmaid/22/Bermondsey, London/Census
1911/Emma Pearson/Nurse/62/Walworth, London/Census

1915/Alfred Stanley Wilkinson/../../../Post Office Directory

1921/Alfred Rubin/../../../Post Office Directory

There are two Pubs and the Off-license listed on your website that were once owned by my Grandfather Charles Stacey about the 1920's. These were the Feathers, 6 Dockhead Road, Bermondsey, The Royal Fort, 131 Grange Road and the Off License at 165 Church Street, Deptford. ***

1934/Rt H Pantling/../../../Kellys Directory

1938/Claude Pomeroy Tredwell/../../../Post Office Directory *++

1944/Charles V Powell/../../../Post Office Directory

My father, Fredrick Smith, took over The Royal Fort back in 1962 from two old ladies. At the time there were only two people in that pub; by the next few months my dad had the pub painted up and had games like a dart club and skittles in the public bar. There were bands that played music at the weekend; then he got the drag queens in and there it took off and The Royal Fort was back on the map as everyone from all over london came to see the shows and the drag queens did a lot of charity for the old people. We left that pub in 1965 and The Royal Fort has never been the same. **

1965/F E Smith/../../../B T Phone Book [BERmndsy 1481]


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*** Provided By Eric Stacey

And Last updated on: Friday, 24-May-2019 13:28:20 BST