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Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road, Poplar

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Best known as 'Charlie Browns'; Charlie Brown arrived as licensee in around 1897, remaining until his death in June 1932. His funeral drew the largest crowds for a traditional East End funeral. On his death, the licence of the Railway Tavern was inherited by his daughter Ethel and her husband Tom Chandler, whilst his son Charles William was at the Blue Posts, and they then moved on to the Roundabout Public House in Woodford. All these Public Houses were affectionately known as 'Charlie Browns'..
In 1982 the pub was officially renamed Charlie Brown's. It was demolished in November 1989 to make way for the Limehouse Link Road. **

This pub is listed as 9 Wellington Place, West India Dock Road in the 1856 and earlier directories. ***

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.

Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road, Limehouse, E14 and Charlie Brown - circa 1925

Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road, Limehouse, E14 and Charlie Brown - circa 1925

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road, Limehouse, E14 - circa 1986 shortly before demolition

Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road, Limehouse, E14 - circa 1986 shortly before demolition

From the Archives of East London & City CAMRA".

The Blue Posts and the Railway Tavern, West India Dock Tavern in the same photograph

The Blue Posts and the Railway Tavern, West India Dock Tavern in the same photograph

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 2

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 2

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 3

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 3

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 4   Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 5

Some of Charlie Brown's Worlds Treasures - part 4 & 5

Kindly provided by Colleen

The following entries are in this format:

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

1841/Thomas Parish/Licensed Victualler/50/../Census *+
1841/Mary Parish/../50/../Census
1841/Thomas Parish/Carpenter/20/Middlesex/Census
1841/Esther C Parish/../25/../Census
1841/Elizabeth Parish/../15/Middlesex/Census
1841/Esther Carman/../60/../Census
1841/John Grinsell/Male Servant/20/Middlesex/Census
1841/Eliza Jones/Female Servant/20/Middlesex/Census

1848/William Verey/../../../Post Office Directory ***

August 1847/William Verey/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era ****

August 1847/Richard William Howlett/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era ****

1851/William Howlett/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1851/William Howlett/Licensed Victualler, Widower/44/Oxfordshire/Census ***
1851/Ann Howlett/Niece, Servant in Bar/22/Oxfordshire/Census
1851/Eliza Burnard/Niece, Servant in Bar/15/Oxfordshire/Census
1851/Matthew Cowen/Potman/29/Not Known/Census
1851/Mary Mestestun/Cook/32/Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland/Census
1851/Elizabeth Thomas/Visitor, Dressmaker/17/Oxfordshire/Census
1851/Alexr. Moore/Potman/23/Oxfordshire/Census

1852/William Howlett/../../../Watkins Directory **

1856/William Howlett/../../../Post Office Directory ***

August 1859/Harriet Howlett/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

August 1859/Alfred Cole/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

1861/Alfred Cole/Victualler/25/Enfield/Census ****
1861/Mary Ann Busby/Servant/23/Horselydown/Census
1861/Fanny Thorsley/Servant/19/Limehouse/Census
1861/Harriet Bowley/Servant/24/Middlesex/Census
1861/John Westling/Waiter/40/Yarmouth/Census

May 1862/Alfred Cole/LV Association/../../Era ****

January 1863/Samuel Lovegrove and James Lovegrove/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

January 1863/Robert Clark and Emma Morrison/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper ****

May 1866/Robert Clarke and Emma Morrison/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era  ****

May 1866/Robert Clarke, Emma Morrison and Robetr Clarke the younger/Incoming Licensee/../../Era  ****

1869/Alfred Cole/../../../Post Office Directory **

1871/Alfred Cole/Licensed Victualler/35/Enfield, Middlesex/Census ****
1871/Harriett Howlett/Pastorer, Widow/59/Thane, Oxfordshire/Census
1871/Charles Jennings/Barman/23/Bethnal Green/Census
1871/William Wilcott/Potman/19/Marylebone/Census
1871/Elizabeth McCarthy/General Servant/22/Poplar/Census
1871/Sophia Ray/Visitor, Milliner/38/Thane, Oxfordshire/Census
1871/Thomas Hutchens/Visitor, Cook/20/Islip, Oxfordshire/Census
1871/William Lee/Visitor, Clerk/56/Oxford, Oxfordshire/Census

October 1873/Alfred Cole/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

October 1873/Harriet Howlet/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1876/George William Peet/../../../Post Office Directory **

1880/George William Peet/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/James Tanner/Licensed Victualler/38/Poplar, Middlesex/Census ****
1881/Susan Tanner/Wife/37/Bromley, Middlesex/Census
1881/Harriet Tanner/Daughter/13/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1881/Eleanor Tanner/Daughter/9/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1881/Francis Tanner/Son/6/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1881/Beatrice Tanner/Daughter/2/St James, Middlesex/Census
1881/Beatrice Mammey/Domestic Servant/17/St Pancras, Middlesex/Census

1882/James Tanner/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1884/James Tanner/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/Mrs Susan Tanner/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/Thos North Cundy/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1896/Thos North Cundy/../../../Post Office Directory **

1897/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1898/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1899/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1900/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1901/Charles Brown/Licensed Victualler, Widow/42/Whitechapel, London/Census ****
1901/Charles W Brown/Son/14/Bermondsey, London/Census
1901/Ethel E J Brown/Daughter, Manageress/19/Bermondsey, London/Census
1901/George Redcall/Barman/32/../Census
1901/Alice Allen/Housekeeper/40/Colchester, Essex/Census
1901/Laura Hartley/Housemaid, Widow/42/Limehouse, London/Census
1901/Madge Allen/Barmaid/20/Tottenham, London/Census
1901/Ruth Boyle/Barmaid/18/West Ham, Essex/Census
1901/Henrietta Thorne/Barmaid/19/Plaistow, Esex/Census
1901/Lavinia E Carter/Barmaid/26/Greenwich, Kent/Census
1901/Edith M Cummings/Housemaid/28/Leyton, Essex/Census

1902/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1910/Charles Brown jun/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1913 - 1932/Brown/../../../Freehold

1915/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory ****

Charles Brown was Landlord until his death in 1932; his daughter Ethel was married to Thomas Chandler who continued on with this Pub, whilst his son Charles William was at the Blue Posts, and then moved on to the Roundabout Public House in Woodford. All these Public Houses were affectionately known as 'Charlie Browns'.

In 1982 the pub was officially renamed Charlie Brown's. It was demolished in November 1989 to make way for the Limehouse Link Road. **

1917/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1933/Charles Brown/../../../Post Office Directory **

1933 - 1935/Chandler/../../../Freehold

1934/Thomas A Chandler/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1936/Ethel Chandler/../../../Post Office Directory **

1936 - 1940/J A Scott/../../../Freehold

1941 - 1942/Everest/../../../Freehold

1944/Mrs Lillian Maud Everest/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1943 - 1945/W Mitchell/../../../Freehold

1946/Walter Mitchell/../../../Post Office Directory **

1946/A J Emmerson/../../../Freehold

1947/A & Mrs L M Brown/../../../Freehold

1948 - 1954/E Brown/../../../Freehold

My grandfather, Edward Brown is listed at the Three Compasses, Rotherhithe  in 1937 and left in 1948 where he then took the tenancy for  The Railway Tavern (Charlie Browns), in Limehouse from 1948 - 1955. Both my grandparents, Edward and Hilda Brown were the licensees. From 1956 to 1972 they were licensees at The Duke of Cambridge, Kingston Vale, SW15. *

1948 - 1955/Edward and Hilda Brown/../../../Personal history *

1955 - 1960/C H Neal/../../../Freehold

1961 - 1962/W G Vincent/../../../Freehold

1971/../Railway Tavern, 116 West India Dock Road/../../Pub Directory

1983/../Charlie Browns, 116 West India Dock Road, Bass Charrington/../../Pub Directory

1991/../Charlie Browns, 116 West India Dock Road, Bass Charrington, Pub Demolished/../../Pub Directory


* Provided By Deborah Haynes

*+ Provided By Kath Parish

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided by Ewan

**** Provided By Kevan


And Last updated on: Sunday, 11-Sep-2016 18:34:15 BST