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Britannia, 279 Mare Street, Hackney

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Mare Street was originally called Church Street, and the Britannia is on the west side. It was first established as the Britannia in 1790 and was rebuilt in the 1850s. By 1983, the pub had been re-named Mr Pepys and was later called the Samuel Pepys, before closing and being demolished in 2000 as part of the refurbishment of the Hackney Empire, which has existed next door since the 1880s. A third version of the pub was then built, opening in October 2004. This has been named the Marie Lloyd Bar, and is shown in a November 2006 photograph. During all this time, the street numbering has varied slightly from time to time, but the site has been the same. **

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

Britannia, 279 Mare Street  - an earlier picture

Britannia, 279 Mare Street  - an earlier picture

Kindly provided by Mick Fry

Britannia, 279 Mare Street, Hackney - bomb damaged circa 1940

Britannia, 279 Mare Street, Hackney - bomb damaged circa 1940

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Britannia, 272 Mare Street - in November 2006

Britannia, 272 Mare Street - in November 2006

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.

1825/Mr Mee/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1826/George Mee/../../../Pigot's Directory ****

1827/George Mee/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association ****

1833-34/George Mee, Britannia, Church street, Hackney/../../Pigots Directory ****

1839/Richard Mayston/../../../Pigot’s Directory **

1842/W Bliss/../../../Robson’s Directory **

1852/Mrs Sarah Bull/../../../Watkins Directory **

1856/Fras Fowler Bartholomew/../../../Post Office Directory ****

March 1864/Bartholomew Francis Fowler/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

March 1864/Frederick Videon/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

November 1864/Charles Law/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

November 1864/Thomas Cracknell/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1866/Thomas Cracknell/../../../Middlesex Post Office Directory ****

November 1866/Thomas Cracknell/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

November 1866/William Pitt Steggall/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1871/William Steggall/Licensed Victualler/44/Finningham, Suffolk/Census ****
1871/Emily Steggall/Wife/46/Stoke Ash, Suffolk/Census
1871/Alice Steggall/Daughter/15/Newton, Suffolk/Census
1871/Clara Steggall/Daughter/5/Bow, Middlesex/Census
1871/Louisa Steggall/Daughter/4/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1871/Elizabeth King/Domestic Servant, Widow/64/Ashfield, Suffolk/Census
1871/Anna Sparks/Barmaid/22/Uffculme, Devon/Census

1872/William Pitt Steggall/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1874/William Pitt Steggall/../../../Post Office Directory ****

22nd January 1876/William Keith/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

22nd January 1876/Thomas Lawrence Finch/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1878/Thomas Lawrence Finch/../../../Post Office Directory ****

10th January 1880/George John Kelley/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

10th January 1880/Thomas White/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1881/Thomas White/Licensed Victualler/28/Warminster, Wiltshire/Census
1881/Anne Mary White/Wife/22/Kingsland, Middlesex/Census
1881/Thomas James White/Son/4/City, Middlesex/Census
1881/Margaret J White/Daughter/1/Holloway, Middlesex/Census
1881/Walter S White/Son/6 months/Hackney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jane L Pakes/Barmaid/16/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Bertha Rayment Hawkins/Barmaid/19/Lambeth, Surrey/Census
1881/Jane Webster/Nursemaid/22/City, Middlesex/Census
1881/Susan Dean/Cook/22/London, Middlesex/Census

1891/William A Hayward/Licensed Victualler/30/Mile End, London/Census ****
1891/Elizabeth Hayward/Wife/25/Bethnal Green, London/Census
1891/Maud Hayward/Daughter/3/Hackney, London/Census
1891/Augustus Hayward/Son/11 months/Hackney, London/Census
1891/William Hollier/Servant/35/Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex/Census
1891/Maria Horne/Servant/23/Pimlico, London/Census
1891/Annie Baker/Servant/21/Mile End, London/Census
1891/Rose Harlow/Servant/19/Spitalfields, London/Census
1891/Annie Miller/Nurse/16/Brighton, Sussex/Census
1891/Harriet College/Nurse/27/Stoke Newington, London/Census
1891/Emma Holman/Domestic Servant/63/Limehouse, London/Census

1894/George Child / Barman /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1896/Thomas Fredk Barlow/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1900/Joseph Sykes/../../../P.O. Directory **

1904/Coope & Chamberlain/../../../Post Office Directory **

1910/Richard John Tuckfield/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1911/Richard John Tuckfield/Licensed Victualler/39/Limehouse, London/Census ****
1911/Florence Tuckfield/Wife, Assistant/33/Holloway, London/Census
1911/Florence May Tuckfield/Daughter/10/Long Lane EC/Census
1911/Gladys Rose Tuckfield/Daughter/2/Hackney, London/Census
1911/Alice Farrar/Cook/33/Hampshire, Hants/Census
1911/Rose Temple/Housemaid/19/Tottenham, London/Census
1911/Louisa Shaw/Barmaid/20/Islington, London/Census
1911/Cissie Fenton/Barmaid/18/Roxborough, Scotland/Census
1911/Herbert Waltan/Barman/27/Hackney, London/Census
1911/Hanry Dakins/Potman/28/Homerton, London/Census

1915/Robert Henry Lange/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Alfred Blount/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1924/William Pryor/../../../P.O. Directory **

1934/Sidney M Robinson/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1938/Philip Lotinga/../../../Post Office Directory ****

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** Provided by Stephen Harris

**** Provided By Kevan