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Magdala Tavern, 211 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22

Camberwell pubs history index

The Magdala is now called the 'Lordship' in 2018.  *

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.

The following entries are in this format:

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

The pub was built 1867-68 by David Prentice, a builder from Bermondsey. A notice on his order of discharge from bankruptcy appeared in the London Evening Standard on the 9th February 1869: it said ‘David Prentice, builder, of Magdala Tavern, Lordship Lane, Dulwich, in the county of Surrey; late of No 3 Weldon Terrace, St James Road Bermondsey, in the said county of Surrey, builder, adjudicated bankrupt on the 26 November 1868 – order of discharge granted 5 February 1869. *

The pub was named after the Battle of Magdala which took place in April 1868 on General Robert Napier’s 1867-68 campaign in Ethiopia (then Abyssinia). *

1870 - The Morning Advertiser 1/04/1870: Magdala Tavern, Lordship lane, East Dulwich, Mr Howard supported the application of David Prentice and said that £2,300 had been spent upon the house, and many dwelling houses were built and building near. Mr Oppenheim opposed. Licence refused. *

1871 - The Morning Advertiser 31 March 1871: Newington Licensing Sessions – licence granted – Frederick Clayton, Magdala Tavern, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, opposed by a victualler and inhabitants. *

1874 – Kentish Independent 28 March 1874: Newington Licensing Sessions: Ludwig Seidle, Magdala Tavern, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, victualler's licence *

1878/Ludwig Siedle/../../../../Suburban Post Office Directory

1880/Ludwig Siedle, Magdala, 211 Lordship Lane/../../../Suburban Post Office Directory *

1881/William A Dowling/Licensed Victualler/28/Somerset/Census
1881/Emma Dowling/Wife/24/Somerset/Census
1881/Ernest Dowling/Son/8/Somerset/Census
1881/Percy Dowling/Son/2/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/James Dowling/Son/1/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Walter Denbarx/Barman/19/Somerset/Census
1881/Laura Denbarx/Inn Servant/21/Somerset/Census
1881/Ellen Hopkins/Cook/24/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Emily Baines/Nurse/17/London, Middlesex/Census

1891/Frank Houlton/Licensed victualler/31/Spain (British subject)/Census *
1891/Emma Dougherty/Housekeeper/35/Wandsworth Surrey/Census
1891/Mary Hanagan/Barmaid /19/Thames Ditton/Census
1891/Garrett Palmes/Barmaid /22/Woolwich Kent/Census

1896/Frank Houlton/../../../../Post Office Directory

1901/Walter W Collison/../../../../Post Office Directory

1901 Census:
1901/Walter W Collison/Publican/48/ Peckham/Census  *
1901/Fanny Collison/48/Clapham/Census
1901/Mabel Collison/Daughter/20/Chislehurst Kent/Census
1901/Ernest Collison/Son/Clerk/19/Chislehurst Kent/Census
1901/Winifred Collison/Daughter/16/Chislehurst Kent/Census
1901/Walter Collison/Son/11/Chislehurst Kent/Census
1901/Stanley Collison/Son/11/Chislehurst Kent/Census
1901/Dudley Collison/Son/8/Old Kent Road London/Census
1901/Thomas Kingsman/Retired publican/Visitor/72/Westminster/Census
1901/Annie Kingsman/Visitor/69/Herts/Census
1901/George White/30/Barman/Wiltshire/Census
1901/Adeline Brooks/25/Barmaid/London Camberwell/Census
1901/Helen Moore/24/Barmaid/London Mile End/Census
1901/Elizabeth Dowie/19/Housemaid & domestic/London Dulwich/Census

It was a Truman's pub and Walter W Collison went on to be landlord at the Old Cherry Tree in Grove Vale, East Dulwich, also a Trumans pub.

1911/Charles Durden/../../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Thomas George Cason/Licensed Victualler/31/Chelmsford Essex/Census *
1911/Cecelia Walker/Bar assistant/24/Chelmsford/Census
1911/Albert Barker/Manager/25/Camberwell Surrey/Census
1911/Edward George Ellis/ Bar assistant 20/West Ham/Census
1911/Julia Elizabeth Denman/Cook/33/Lambeth/Census
1911/Walter Alfred Denman/Potman/28/Camberwell/Census

Thomas George Cason lived from 1880-1944 *

1919/Mrs Mary Ann Cason/this is Thomas George Cason’s mother, she lived between 1850 and 1935/../../../Post Office Directory *

1921/Mary A Cason/../../../../Post Office Directory


Mr Harry Weeks, at the Magdala in 1949

Mr Harry Weeks, at the Magdala in 1949

Kindly provided by Alex Wilkinson

Mr Harry Weeks, tenant at the Magdala, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich for a number of years has decided to retire from business. He has a long and honourable record in Truman's trade.
Beginning in 1890, he acted as potman and barman at the Dun Cow, in Old Kent Road, until 1895. This was then a free house selling Truman's beers and was later purchased by the company. Following another period as a barman at the Princess of Wales, London Road, Southwark, Mr Weeks became manager and licensee of the Brunswick Tavern in the Old Kent Road. He resided there from 1900 until 1907.
After a break of three years, Mr Weeks became the tenant of the Claremont in Bermondsey, until 1922, when he was accepted as the tenant of the Magdala. Mr Weeks name was mentioned on the annual renewal day at the Newington Bench as one of four who had either completed or were just completing 50 years as a licensee under the Bench of Magistrates. (1949) ***

1938/Harry Weeks/../../../Post Office Directory

1944/Harry Weeks/../../../Post Office Directory

1949/Mr Harry Weeks/../../../Black Eagle Journal ***


* Provided by Ian McInnes

*** Provided by Alex Wilkinson

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