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Asylum Tavern, 40 Asylum Road, Peckham

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

Asylum Tavern, 40 Asylum Road, London, SE15 - in May 2009

Asylum Tavern, 40 Asylum Road, London, SE15 - in May 2009

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n 1982 Teacher's Whisky sponsored an investigation to find the twelve most authentically haunted pubs in Britain, one of these was the Asylum Tavern. It is the only pub to bear this name in England and was said to be frequented by the phantom of an old lady dressed in grey with her hair in a bun. The family running it at the time were Len & Eileen Moon with their daughters Donna and Tannia. They all claimed to have seen the ghost, their dog, Karma, would not stay in the bar on its own at night and customers told of an ice bucket and tongs moving unaided. **

The following entries are in this format:

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

Joseph held the licence from 19 March 1856 to October 1864. Joseph Etherington was born in Arundel, West Sussex about 1798 and died on 7 August 1866 in Camberwell, Surrey. According to the 1851 Census he was residing at the Asylum Tavern with his wife and children, and his occupation was a builder/carpenter and beer shop keeper. He was granted a licence for the Asylum Tavern on 19 March 1856 as reported in this newspaper:

The Era (London, England) Sunday Mar 23 1856 issue 913. Category: News

“Annual Licensing Meetings. Camberwell, March 19: Joseph Etherington, Asylum Tavern, Asylum Road. In this locality a new neighbourhood of several hundred houses has been lately formed. The roads and sewers were completed, and there was a great deal of traffic past the applicant’s house. Supported by eighty inhabitants, and unopposed. – License granted.”

Joseph held the licence until October 1864 when he transferred the licence for the Asylum Tavern to John Chipperfield Roberts, as reported in this newspaper (the Era - Sunday October 2, 1864; Issue 1358).

I think it is probably likely that Joseph built the tavern, as he was a builder and carpenter.  *

March 1856 - October 1864/Joseph Etherington/../../../.. *

1864/John Chipperfield Roberts/../../../Era Newspaper*

1867/George Briggs/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1869/George Briggs/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1871/George Briggs/Licensed Victualler/34/Yorkshire/Census ****
1871/Ann Briggs/Wife/38/Berkshire/Census
1871/Anne Briggs/Daughter/9/Surrey/Census
1871/Nathan R Carter/Barman/17/Surrey/Census
1871/Cuthbert F Irish/Pot Boy/14/Huntingdonshire/Census
1871/Nathan Bridgman/Visitor/48/Berkshire/Census

1873 - 1978/George Briggs/../../../.. **

1874/George Briggs/../../../Licensed Victualler & Hoteliers Directory ****

1978/George Briggs/../../../Surrey Directory ****

1880/George Briggs / Victualler, deceased - Died 21 February 1880 /../../London Gazette, 28 January 1881 ***

1896/Frederick William Bird/../../../Kelly's Directory *+

1901/Charles T Davies/Licensed Victualler/42/St Pancras, London/Census ****
1901/Augusta L Davies/Wife/34/Pimlico, London/Census
1901/Charles E Davies/Son/12/Chigwell, Essex/Census
1901/Dorothy B Davies/Daughter/11/Clapham, London/Census
1901/Reginald S Davies/Son/9/Chigwell, Essex/Census
1901/Stanley H Davies/Son/7/Chigwell, Essex/Census
1901/Alice M Stone/Barmaid/28/Reading, Berks/Census
1901/Florence M Taylor/Barmaid/22/Bow, London/Census
1901/Matilda Fellows/Cook/48/Camden Town, London/Census

1903/Charles Davies/../../../.. **

1904/Charles Thomas Davies of the "Asylum" Tavern Asylum road Peckham Surrey died 22 December 1903 Probate London 19 January to Augusta Louise Davies widow. Effects £8065 0s 6d./Probate

1908 - 1910/Augusta Davies/../../../.. **

By the 1911 census, Augusta Davies is at the Star & Garter, 105 High street, Bromley, Kent

1911/James Johnson/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1914/Mrs M. Garwood/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1917 - 1922/Mabel Philpot/../../../.. **

1939 - 1948/Charles Hearn/../../../.. **

1950/Louisa Hearn/../../../.. **

1950 - 1956/Valentine Tite/../../../.. **

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