London historical street directory and pub history

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Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green E2

Bethnal Green pub history index

Address formerly 19 Barnet Street. This pub was re-built in its current form in 1923. **

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Bethnal Green, Middlesex - now in East London. The Bethnal Green, East London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Outside The Royal Oak, in the late 1950's

This Royal Oak is still in Columbia Road Flower Market Bethnal Green. Featured in the Kray film and was used for the TV series 'Goodnight Sweetheart'. This was the series starring Nicholas Lyndhurst (Del Boy's Rodney) when he was able to go back to WW2 by walking through a wall *

Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Road, E2 - in November 2008

Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Road, E2 - in November 2008

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

The following entries are in this format:

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

1839/Thomas Draper/../../../Pigots Directory ****

1842/Richard Brown/../../../Robsonís Directory **

1843/James Mann/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1848/John Tacey Cousins/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1851/Frederick Rouse/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1851/Frederick Rouse/Licensed Victualler/26/Easthampstead, Berkshire/Census *+
1851/Hannah Rouse/Wife/22/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/Richard Manning/Pot Man/20/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census

January 1853/John Cox/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

January 1853/Thomas Sharpe/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1856/Thomas Sharp/../../../Post Office Directory ****

October 1856/Thomas Sharp/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era ****

October 1856/Daniel Baker/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era ****

November 1859/Daniel Baker/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

November 1859/William John Todd/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

January 1860/William John Todd/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

January 1860/Richard Coltman/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

1861/Richard Coltman/Baker & Publican/45/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census ****
1861/Mary A Coltman/Wife/41/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/William Coltman/Son, Cooper/14/Limehouse, Middlesex/Census
1861/Eliza Coltman/Daughter/12/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1861/Alfred H Coltman/Son/9/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census
1861/Joseph /Servant/20/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/Fanny/Servant/16/Bermondsey, Surrey/Census

November 1865/Richard Coltman/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

November 1865/William Clay/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1869/William Clay/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1871/William Clay/Licensed Victualler/47/Spitalfields, Middlesex/Census ****
1871/Elizabeth Sarah Clay/Wife/42/Spitalfields, Middlesex/Census
1871/Jane Mary Ann Clay/Daughter/24/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1871/Mary Ann Clay/Daughter/19/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1871/Samuel Baker/Potman/28/Hackney, Middlesex/Census

1872/W Clay/../../../Brabnerís Hackney Directory **

1873/William Clay/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1874/B Hyams/../../../Licensed Victualler & Hoteliers Directory ****

1876/Benjamin Hyams/../../../Post Office Directory **

1882/Benjamin Hyams/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1884/Alfred J Lawrence/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1885/Alfred James Lawrence/../../../Post Office Directory **

1891/Key & Butler/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/Walter Key/Licensed Victualler/37/Bethnal Green, London/Census ****
1891/Sarah Key/Wife/40/Bethnal Green, London/Census
1891/George Butler/Barman/37/Bethnal Green, London/Census
1891/Emily Butler/General Servant/33/Bethnal Green, London/Census

1895/William Brian Dawson/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/William Brian Dawson/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1901/William B Dawson/Publican/65/Bethnal Green, London/Census ****
1901/Jane F Dawson/Wife/66/Bethnal Green, London/Census
1901/Lydia Dawson/Daughter/25/Bethnal Green, London/Census

1902/Mrs Jane Frances Dawson/../../../Post Office Directory **

1910/Francis John Hunt/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1911/Francis John Hunt/Licensed Victualler/49/Mile End Old Town, London/Census ****
1911/Emily Hunt/Wife, Assistant/48/Hereford, Herefordshire/Census

1915/Howard Thomas Hewlett/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Mrs Maud Amelia Bailey/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/Mrs Maud Amelia Bailey/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1945/William Piercy / Licensed Victualler /../../London Gazette, 31 August 1945 **

Mr R J Bayley, licensee of the Royal Oak, Bethnal Green, had to post "full house" notices when Joe Hitchcock and his Licensed Victuallers Darts Four visited the house. An additional attraction was the presence of a darts team of four footballers from the Arsenal. (1949) ***

1949/R J Bailey/../../../Black Eagle Journal ***


* Provided by Ron Pummell

*+ Provided By Karen Wilson

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided by Alex Wilkinson

**** 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 Pub History

London Street Listings in 1832.

1832 Index

London street listings in 1842

1842 Index

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: Friday, 07-Sep-2018 12:22:34 BST