Poplar pub history index
This pub is listed at 21 William Street in the 1871 census. The pub is named in the 1911 census. ***
Historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels.
Residents at this address.
1871/Charlotte Jackson/Beer House Keeper, Widow/71/St Mary Cray, Kent/Census ***
1871/Sarah Beard/Daughter, Assistant Beer House Keeper, Widow/49/Dartford, Kent/Census
1871/John W. Beard/Grandson/8/Newington, Surrey/Census
1871/Annie Beard/Granddaughter/12/Newington, Surrey/Census
1871/Charlotte M. A. Juppa/Visitor, Machinist (out of employ)/27/Newington, Surrey/Census
1871/Joseph Juppa/Visitor/1/Camberwell, Surrey/Census
1881/Wm. Frost/Publican/25/Somerset/Census ***
1882/Mrs. Sarah Ann Harvey/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory
1891/Frank Raggett/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory
1891/Frank Raggett/Beer House Keeper/33/Duke Street, London/Census ***
1891/Ellen Raggett/Wife/32/Hull, Yorkshire/Census
1895/Thomas Naismith/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory ***
My Grandmother, Ruth Victoria Violet Winson (ńe Hamilton), used to talk of her Father’s beer house. *
She was born in 1888 and her Sister Emma Maud Ethel in the following year. Her Father Francis Thomas (Frank) was widowed in 1893 and remarried Amelia Skelton (Aunt Minnie) in 1895.
Amelia had originally come as domestic servant to look after the two young girls, and Grandma always spoke of her with great love and affection.
Their wedding certificate of August 14th in 1895 lists Francis Thomas Hamilton, a Widower aged 33 as a Beer Retailer of 21 Woollett street. She was aged 23, and of the same address. Their fathers were noted a Francis William Hamilton, Bolier Maker and Edwin Skelton, a Builder.
It is the first actual historical evidence that I can find to support the accuracy of our family oral history. Grandma lived to 95 and had an amazing memory. One of her most fond ones was of her sneaking down the back stairs of the beer house after bed time to watch the snooker being played. She continued to love the sport.
1896/William Hamilton/beer retailer, 21 Woollett Street, Poplar/../../Post Office Directory
1898/William Hamilton/beer retailer, 21 Woollett Street, Poplar/../../Post Office Directory
1899/William George Pearce/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory ***
1901/Joseph Seaman/Beer House Keeper/40/Hardwell, Bucks/Census
1901/Agnes Seaman/Wife/36/Whitchurch, Bucks/Census
1901/Jas Seaman/Son/13/Clerkenwell, London/Census
1901/Ralph Seaman/Son/4/Clerkenwell, London/Census
1910/Herbert Wm Ahrens/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory
1911/Herman William Ahrens/Beer Retailer/38/Shadwell, Middlesex/Census ***
1911/Amelia Ahrens/Wife/35/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1911/William Nicholas Ahrens/Son/11/Plaistow, Essex/Census
1911/Walter Albert Ahrens/Son/9/Plaistow, Essex/Census
1911/John Herman Ahrens/Son/4/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1911/Alexander Richard Ahrens/Son/7 months/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1914/Fred Baston/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory ***
1915/Fred Baston/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory ***
1921/Mrs Mary Ann Birdsey/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory
In 1921 census at 21, Woollett Street, Poplar
William Birdsey, Publican, aged 24 years 7 months, and born in Poplar, London, Own Account
Alice Birdsey, Wife, aged 24 years 7 months, and born in Poplar, London
Alice Birdsey, Daughter, aged 7 months, and born in Poplar, London
Harry Mathews, Boarder, Fireman, aged 45 years 6 months, and born in Limehouse, London
1934/Frederick William Walker/beer retailer/../../Kelly's Directory ***
1944/William T. Hocken/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory ***
* Provided by Lorraine Winson
*** Provided by Ewan