Mile End Pubs history
At various times the address has been given as 23 and as 26 Sidney Street. **
A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Mile End, East London - in East London. The Mile End 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.
1828/John Gray/Victualler/../../records of Sun Fire Office, held at
Guildhall Library **
1833-34/William Ashton, Cannings Head, Sidney street, Whitechapel road/../../Pigots Directory ****
1833/William Ashton/Victualler/../../records of Sun Fire Office, held at Guildhall Library **
1834/William Ashton/Victualler/../../records of Sun Fire Office, held at Guildhall Library **
1839/James Middleton/../../../Pigotís Directory **
1842/T Fisher/../../../Robsonís Directory **
1848/John Davis/../../../Post Office Directory **
1849/John Davis/../../../Post Office Directory **
July 1849/John Davis, deceased/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****
July 1849/Marian Davis, widow and administratrix of John Davis/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****
1851/Benjamin Cooper/Victualler/44/Norwich/Census ****
1851/Hannah Cooper/Wife/45/Shargare, Essex/Census
1851/Maria C Harwood/Barmaid/16/Bermondsey/Census
1851/Arthur Stow/General Servant/19/Bures, Suffolk/Census
1856/Benjamin Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1861/Benjamin Cooper / Formerly Publican, now Out-of-Business /../../London Gazette, 25 June 1861 **
1861/John Smith/Licensed Victualler/23/St Mary at Hill, Middlesex/Census ****
1861/Mary A Ashbourne/Housekeeper, Widow/30/Yarmouth/Census
1861/Jane Rounce/House Servant/27/Shadwell, Middlesex/Census
October 1862/John Smith/ Outgoing Licensee /../../East London Observer****
You may be interested in the attached press article in 1863 concerning John Smith (landlord of the Cannings Head, Comercial Road between 1861 and 1862) being named as a co-respondent in a divorce case. My interest is in the petitioner, Theodore Ryberg.
Whitby Gazette, 21 March 1863 : AN OBSTINATE WITNESS
Royal Cornwall Gazette, 20 March 1863 : BREACH OF PROMISE CASE
On Saturday last, Theodore Ryberg prayed (sic) for a dissolution of his marriage with Mary Ann Ryberg on the ground of her adultery with John Smith, and claimed damages from the co-respondent.
The petitioner, a Swede by birth, is a mariner, and in 1860, while staying in London in the interval between two voyages, he made the acquaintance of the respondent, who was then a widow, and was living as barmaid and housekeeper at the Canningís Head Tavern in the Commercial Road, of which the co-respondent is the landlord. He [Ryberg] married her in July 1860, without the knowledge of the co-respondent [Smith] and she continued to hold her situation in the co-respondentís house, and to pass by the name of her first husband [also Smith]. She never co-habited with the petitioner [Ryberg], but when he was in London between his voyages she occasionally slept with him at his lodgings. To prove the charge of adultery, two servants and a potboy, who had lived at the Canningís Head between the date of the marriage and that of the filing of the present petition [1860 to 1863], were examined. One of these servants, Jane Rounce, stated that when the co-respondent [Smith] heard of the respondentís [Mary Ann] marriage with Ryberg he was very angry; that on two or three occasions the bed in Mrs Rybergís bedroom did not appear to have been occupied when she went to make it in the morning; that she had once found a hairpin in the co-respondentís [Smith] bed; and that one Sunday morning, when she went upstairs to get the keys from the respondent [Mary Ann] she heard the co-respondentís [Smith] voice, as she supposed, in the respondentís [Mary Ann] bedroom. She had never, however, noticed any act of familiarity between them. The potboy said that he had seen them kissing one another on a sofa, but his evidence was very confused. The other servant, Mrs Jones, who had lived at the Canningís Head for a few months in 1861, was unable to give any evidence of any act of familiarity or impropriety between the respondent [Mary Ann] and the co-respondent [Smith]. She appeared, however, to have some cause of complaint against both of them for, after answering a few questions put to her by the learned counsel for the petitioner [Ryberg] she gave the Court a very animated but incoherent narrative of her own grievances. Several attempts to stop her were made by the learned Judge, but she would not hold her tongue, and at last she was led out of Court by the usher, continuing her story at the top of her voice until she was out of hearing. No-one present could help laughing heartily at her vehemence and volubility.
No evidence was called for the defence but Mr Searle, for the respondent [Mary Ann], contended that the evidence in support of the petition did not establish the charge of adultery.
Mr Serjeant Ballantine, for the co-respondent, commented upon the evidence for the purpose of showing that, even if adultery had been committed, the petitioner had so failed in his duty as a husband by never co-habiting with his wife, by not providing her with adequate means of support, and by allowing her to continue in her situation under a name which was not his, that he was not entitled to anything like substantial damages for her loss.
The Judge-Ordinary, having summed up, the jury retired, and after deliberating for a quarter of an hour returned, and found that the respondent [Mary Ann] and the co-respondent [Smith] had been guilty of adultery. They assessed the damages at 40s.
His Lordship pronounced a decree nisi, with costs against the co-respondent [Smith]. *
October 1862/William Brunt/ Incoming Licensee /../../East London Observer ****
In September 1864, William Brunt, a Licensed Victualler and bachelor, son of John Brunt, carpenter; marries Jane Gratton Bill, spinster, of 1 Park terrace South place, daughter of Stephen William Bill, a Licensed Victualler
1869/William Brunt/../../../P.O. Directory **
1871/William Brunt/Licensed Victualler/48/Rotherhithe/Census ****
1871/Jemima Brunt/Mother, Widow/85/Rotherhithe/Census
1873/The Will of William Brunt late of the "Cannings Head" Sidney Street Commercial road east in the County of Middlesex Licensed Victualler who died 6 August 1872 at the "Cannings Head" was proved at the Principal Registry by Jane Gratton Brunt of the "Cannings Head" Widow the Relict the sole executrix, Effects under £2000/Probate
August 1873/Jane Gratton Brunt, late occupier/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
1873/The Will of Jane Gratton Brunt of the "Cannings Head" Sidney Street Commercial road east in the County of Middlesex Widow who died 21 May 1873 at the "Cannings Head" was proved at the Principal Registry by Charles Worth Pearce of 20 Arbour terrace Commercial road east and Mary Ann Pilon Jones of 35 Paradise street Rotherhithe in the County of Surrey Widow the Sister the executors. Effects under £100/Probate
August 1873/Charles Worth Pearce and Mary Ann Pilon Jones, executors of Jane Gratton Brunt/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
October 1873/executors of Jane Gratton Brunt/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
October 1873/John Mohrmann/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
22nd January 1876/John Mohrmann/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +
22nd January 1876/Samuel Francis Prockter/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +
August 1878/Samuel Francis Procktor/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
August 1878/John Jacob Lex/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
January 1879/John Jacob Jex/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
January 1879/David Driscoll/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****
1884/Walter W Jones/../../../Business Directory of London **
1886/Amelia North/../../../Business Directory of London **
1891/Henry Allan Craighead/../../../Post Office London Directory **
1891/Henry A Craighead/Licensed Victualler/31/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census ****
1891/Jane F Craighead/Wife/27/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census
1891/Louisa Craighead/Daughter/8/Deptford, Kent/Census
1891/Henry Craighead/Son/7/Deptford, Kent/Census
1891/Percy Craighead/Son/5/Rotherhithe, Surrey/Census
1891/Lilian M Craighead/Daughter/1/Stepney, London/Census
1891/Charles Marks/Barman/24/St Georges East, London/Census
1891/Carry Reed/General Servant/17/Poplar, London/Census
1895/Jn. Edgecombe/../../../Post Office London Directory **
1899/George Blinkins/../../../P.O. Directory **
1901/Thomas G Bramley/Public House Manager/38/Stepney, London/Census ****
1901/Maryann Bramley/Wife/34/Poplar, London/Census
1901/Dorothy Bramley/Daughter/7/West Ham, Essex/Census
1901/Gwendoline G Bramley/Daughter/3/West Ham, Essex/Census
+ Provided by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
* Provided By Alasdair Evans
** Provided By Stephen Harris
**** Provided By Kevan
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