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George IV, 7 Ida Street, Poplar E14

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At Catherine Street in 1869 & earlier. Closed in the 2000s and is now the Regency Hotel George IV. *+

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

George IV, Ida Street, Poplar - early picture

George IV, Ida Street, Poplar - early picture

Kindly provided by John Carnaby


George IV, 7 Ida Street

George IV, 7 Ida Street

Kindly provided by Jennifer Long

George IV, 7 Ida Street E14 - in July 2014

George IV, 7 Ida Street E14 - in July 2014

Kindly provided by Tris

The following entries are in this format:

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

1841/John Wratten/../../../Post Office Directory *****

1842/Wm. Webber/../../../Robson’s Directory *****

1856/Wm Evans/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1861/William Evans/Licensed Victualler/42/Southwark, Surrey/Census ***+
1861/Elizabeth Evans/Wife/31/St Martins, Middlesex/Census
1861/Samuel M. Evans/Son/12/St Clements Danes, Middlesex/Census
1861/William J. Evans/Son/10/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/Henry Evans/Son/7/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1861/Thomas Evans/Son/3/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1861/Louisa Evans/Daughter/2 months/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1861/Harriett Blunt/Barmaid/21/Woodford, Essex/Census
1861/Sarah Haines/House Servant/19/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Thos. Moody/Potman/18/Kennington, Surrey/Census

July 1863/William Evans/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

My Great, great grandfather was William Watcham, the licensee of the George IV Hotel at 7 Ida Street, Poplar. My great grandfather, Arthur was actually born on the premises and some of the other children probably were too, but I don’t have documentary evidence for them.
I’m not sure how many years William ran the pub but he was definitely there in 1867 when Arthur was born. **

William Watcham is my great great grandfather through his son Harry Stephen Watcham who married Anne Eugenie Gibbs, the daughter of James Frederick Gibbs the licensee of The Blakeneys Head High Street Poplar. I therefore have the distinction of two great great grandfathers as publicans in Victorian Poplar.

In 1861 William Watcham and his family were living at 20 Shoe Lane EC4 and in the census of that year his occupation was recorded as a licensed victualler. In 1854 William was a fishmonger living at 19 Shoe Lane and in the 1851 census he was a police constable living in Southwark. When William married in 1847 in Mendlesham Suffolk where he was born, his occupation was given as merchant. ***

July 1863/William Watcham/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1869/William Watcham/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1871/William Watcham/Licensed Victualler/48/Mendlesham, Suffolk/Census ****
1871/Mary B Watcham/Wife/43/Mendlesham, Suffolk/Census
1871/William Watcham/Son/15/Borough, Surrey/Census
1871/Frederick B Watcham/Son/10/City of London/Census
1871/Emily M Watcham/Daughter/6/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Alice M Watcham/Daughter/4/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Arthur J Watcham/Son/3/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Louise A Watcham/Daughter/2/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Alfred Watcham/Son/3 months/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Sarah Finney/Servant/19/../Census
1871/Sophia Finney/Nurse/17/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1871/Ellen Brown/Housemaid/16/Poplar, Middlesex/Census

1874/W Watcham/../../../H.D. Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers' Directory *****

1881/William Watcham/Licensed Victualler, Widow/55/Suffolk/Census ****
1881/William Watcham/Son/24/Borough, Middlesex/Census
1881/Frederick Watcham/Son/18/Shoe Lane, Middlesex/Census
1881/Emily Watcham/Daughter/16/Middlesex/Census
1881/Alice Watcham/Daughter/14/Middlesex/Census
1881/Arthur Watcham/Son/12/Middlesex/Census
1881/Ada Watcham/Daughter/10/Middlesex/Census
1881/Harriett Smith/Housekeeper/31/Middlesex/Census
1881/Emma Brown/Domestice Servant/16/Middlesex/Census

1881/William Watcham / Licensed Victualler, Deceased / Died 9 November 1881 /../../London Gazette, 23 December 1881 *****

1881/Henry Stephen Watcham / Son /../../London Gazette, 23 December 1881 *****

1882/William Watcham/../../../Post Office Directory ***+

1883/Charles Powell / Licensed Victualler, Builder & Confectioner /../../London Gazette, 11 May 1883 *****

1891/Samuel Stride & Hy Housego/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/Arthur Dickson/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1896 - 1898/Arthur Dickson/Licensed Victualler, 7 Ida street/36/../Freemason Membership Register ****

1899/Davis Suthard/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1901/David Suthard/Licensed Victualler/42/Cheshire/Census ****
1901/Cordelia Suthard/Wife/46/Hampshire/Census
1901/Edith Suthard/Daughter/18/London/Census
1901/Morris Suthard/Son/10/London/Census
1901/May Deidricht/Barmaid/18/Germany/Census

I remember my grandfather talking about the Princess Alice. Maybe David Suthard took on that pub after the George, being listed here in the 1910 directory. Regarding 1911, this was the year of my grandparents' courtship. I have a postcard from David Suthard to Jessie Trainor (to become his daughter-in-law in 1913) postmarked 1911 and addressed to Marquis of Cornwallis, Collier Street, Pentonville, London. Thomas Henry Trainor, died 1909 so I presume his widow carried on as Jessie (my grandmother) was obviously still in residence. *

Great grandfather David Suthard died in 1912 so never saw his son's wedding to Jessie. In fact, both he and Thomas Trainor died in their early 50s. *

1910/Tom Goodson/../../../Post Office Directory ***+

1915/Ernest Harry Wright/../../../Post Office Directory ***+

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

Arthur Frederick Bell was licensee of the George IV in 1936, and died there on 18 November leaving an estate of £52 19s 3d. Arthur was born about 1875. Arthur was the second husband of Catherine Jane Yorwarth (1878-1933), who he married in 1911. Catherine came from a family of publicans. Her father, Richard Yorwarth, is mentioned in the section on the Butchers Arms, 56 Farringdon Road and was licensee at the Roebuck, Trafalgar Street SE17.  +

1934/Arth Frederick Bell/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1936/Arthur Frederick Bell/../../../Kellys Directory +

1938/Walter R Seeley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/Stephen G Darby & Wm Fraser/../../../Post Office Directory ****

+ Simon Hayes

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*+ Provided By Tris

** Jennifer Long

*** David Chapman

***+ Provided by Ewan

**** Provided By Kevan

***** Stephen Harris

And Last updated on: Sunday, 23-Jul-2017 11:40:35 BST