London historical street directory and pub history

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Star & Garter, 187 Abbey Street, Bermondsey SE1

Bermondsey pub history index

The address in 1856, 1869 and the 1861 census is at 6 Parkers Terrace east, Neckinger Road. It had the Star Music Hall attached 1867-1919,  later a cinema. *

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Bermondsey, Surrey,  London. The Bermondsey, Surrey , London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Star & Garter, 187 Abbey Street, Bermondsey SE1 - in 1942

Star & Garter, 187 Abbey Street, Bermondsey SE1 - in 1942

Star & Garter, 187 Abbey Street, Bermondsey SE1 - circa 1942

Star & Garter, 187 Abbey Street, Bermondsey SE1 - circa 1942

The two ladies in the foreground are my Grandmother and wife of John (Jack) Grumball (on the left) – Annie (Collins) Grumball (known as Nance).

The two ladies are my Grandmother, Annie (Collins) Grumball (known as Nance), on the right, and her sister, Florence (Collins) Ellott (known as Flo), on the left. 

The two ladies are my Grandmother, Annie (Collins) Grumball (known as Nance), on the right, and her sister, Florence (Collins) Ellott (known as Flo), on the left.


Jack Grumball is second from the right. My uncle, Maurice Lodge is in the doorway next to Jack (and third from the right) and my father, Fred Grumball, is in the doorway next to Maurice (and fourth from the right). I don’t know the other three men in the photo, but guess the others are friends of the family or regulars at the pub.

All kindly provided by Clive Wooliscroft

The following entries are in this format:

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

1794/Valentine Clare/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1798/Mr Starkey/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1822/John Martin/Star and Garter, Neckinger/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances ****

1825/John Martin/Star and Garter, Neckinger/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances ****

1826/John Martin/Star and Garter, Neckinger road/../../Licensed Victualler Recognizances ****

The Star & Garter was kept by R. Smith in 1832, the keeper from 1838 - 1854 was Charles Hancock. It was numbered no 187 Abbey Street circa 1890 when the keeper was John Hart who was here until 1917. *

1839/Charles Hancock/../../../Pigot's Directory *

1841/Charles Hancock/../../../Post Office Directory *

1851/Charles Hancock/Licensed Victualler/53/Tarrent, Dorset/Census ****
1851/Hannah Hancock/Wife/50/Tarrent Monkford, Dorset/Census
1851/John Hancock/Son, Apprentice/19/Newington, Surrey/Census
1851/Louisa Hancock/Daughter/17/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1851/Edward Hancock/Son/8/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1851/Hannah Payne/Niece, Barmaid/15/Tarrent, Dorset/Census
1851/Ellen O'Bryan/House Servant/20/Ireland/Census

1856/Charles Hancock/../../../Post Office Directory ****

April 1856/Charles Hancock/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era ****

April 1856/Harriet Russell/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era ****

1861/Harriet Russell/Public House [Keeper]/30/Islington, Middlesex/Census *
1861/Lucy Ann Haling/Bar Maid/23/Cheltenham/Census
1861/Elizabeth Dailey/Bar Maid/21/London/Census
1861/Elizabeth Hill/House Servant/30/London/Census
1861/Benjamin Swain/Potboy/16/Long Sutton, Lincolnshire/Census

1869/Thomas Hayes/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1871/Thomas Hayes/Licensed Victualler/49/Chudleigh, Devon/Census *
1871/Mary A. Hayes/Wife/49/Chudleigh, Devon/Census
1871/Mary A. Hayes/Daughter/22/London/Census
1871/Edith A. Hayes/Daughter/20/Heybridge, Essex/Census
1871/Helen S. Hayes/Daughter/17/Heybridge, Essex/Census
1871/Henry C. Hayes/Son/12/Heybridge, Essex/Census
1871/Sarah Parsons/Visitor/21/London/Census
1871/George T. Wilkie/Visitor, Clerk/27/London/Census

1882/Edward Bartholomew/../../../Post Office Directory *

1884/Henry Hart/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/John Hart/../../../Post Office Directory *

1899/John Hart/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1910/John Hart/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1915/John Hart/../../../Post Office Directory *

1921/Henry Evans/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1923/Frank Cuthbert/Star & Garter/../../Electoral Register
1923/Maud Cuthbert/../../../Electoral Register
1923/John Cheshire/../../../Electoral Register
1923/Maud Cheshire/../../../Electoral Register
1923/Jane Lines/../../../Electoral Register

1934/George Joseph Pizzey/../../../Post Office Directory *

1938/Harry Brown/../../../Post Office Directory *

I am the Grandson of John William Grumball who was a publican at the Star & Garter  during WW2. He was born 5 August 1891 at 140 Clifton Road, Croydon, and died at 6 Gibson Avenue, Wembley, on the 27 February 1951. He had very much hoped to continue at the pub after the war, but this was not possible – I gather from my uncle that the tenancy was returned to the original publican when he returned from military service. ***

1944/Payne & Grumball/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1956/Noel Annetts/../../../Post Office Directory *+

* Provided By Ewan

*+ Provided By Bill Rigby

*** Provided By Clive Woolliscroft

**** 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!

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London street listings in 1842

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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

And Last updated on: Saturday, 09-Jun-2018 21:45:28 BST