London historical street directory and pub history

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Richard Cobden, 34 Repton Street, Limehouse

Limehouse index

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

The following entries are in this format:

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

1891/Fredk Rayner/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/Wm. Chas. Grace / Beer Retailer /../../Post Office Directory **

1901/Thomas Reay/Beer House Keeper/35/Stepney, London/Census ****
1901/Alice Reay/Wife/28/Stepney, London/Census
1901/Louisa Reay/Daughter/5/Poplar, London/Census
1901/Ellen Reay/Daughter/2/Stepney, London/Census
1901/Rebecca Cole/Friend, Barmaid/20/Stepney, London/Census
1901/James Onions/Potman/19/Stepney, London/Census

1910/Thomas Reay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1911/Thomas Reay/Beer House Keeper/45/Limehouse, London/Census ****
1911/Alice Ann Reay/Wife, Assistant/38/Stepney, London/Census
1911/Lily Louise Reay/Daughter/15/Mile End, London/Census
1911/Ellen Marie Reay/Daughter/12/Limehouse, London/Census
1911/Thomas William John Reay/Son/7/Limehouse, London/Census
1911/Rebecca Alice Cole/Domestic Servant/30/Limehouse, London/Census
1911/William Reay/Brother, Fish Curer/30/Limehouse, London/Census
1911/Thomas Onions/Visitor/13/Limehouse, London/Census

1914/Mrs Alice Ann Reay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Mrs Alice Ann Reay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1934/Mrs Alice Ann Reay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Mrs Alice Ann Reay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory ****

James Onions (who was living here in 1901), and his brother Billy Onions looked after the running of the pub for Mrs Reay. James Onions, by the way, apparently later married one of the Reay daughters resident in the pub with him in 1901. ***


Richard Cobden Festival Dart Match 1951 – W.G. Humphries JP Mayor of Stepney”. On the back it says “Mr Reay”. Alice Reay is the woman sitting next to the Mayor.

Richard Cobden Festival Dart Match 1951 – W.G. Humphries JP Mayor of Stepney”. On the back it says “Mr Reay”. Alice Reay is the woman sitting next to the Mayor.

Kindly provided by Edward Guy

My Father, Eddie, was publican at the Richard Cobden (34 Repton Street, Limehouse) from 1962 to the late ‘80s (making him one of  the longest-serving publicans in East London). From 1962 The Landlord was my dad, Albert Edward “Eddie” Guy. (He was aged 31 when he took the pub). Also resident there was his wife, Barbara (Aged 26 in 1962) and me (as a young child) ***

A photo of the Cobden Football team circa 1967. The back of the photo reads “Harleyford Un. 0 – Richard Cobden 7”

A photo of the Cobden Football team circa 1967. The back of the photo reads “Harleyford Un. 0 – Richard Cobden 7”
My Dad is third from the right. The manager is second from right (Frankie Clayton). That’s me sitting in the front with Herman the Dachshund!

Kindly provided by Edward Guy


** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By Edward Guy

**** 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: Saturday, 01-Apr-2017 10:27:26 BST