The Acorn is first noted as a pub in 1827 when George Priestman was a subscriber to the Licensed Victuallers Association. The Acorn is noted as being licensed by William Moore in about 1833, Joseph Arnold in 1839, Nicholas Norman in 1842 and William Cockett in 1846 and 1847. Henry Glass is licensee between at least between 1850 and July 1853. At this time, Thomas William Hodges is the incoming licensee for nearly twenty years. It then looks like George & David Bruce share the licensing for the next twenty years, until about 1891. Alfred Steadman is next listed for a number of years, and Mrs Kathleen E Harris in 1898. Thomas Easterbrook holds the license for another five years, John Cantor for several years, and Harry Albert Winn Weston about 1911. Thomas Henry Bryant is next the licensee for about thirty years until at least 1942. I drill down into his life and links to the pub trade further down this page.
The address of the Acorn is at 65 Great Cambridge Street in 1869 & earlier; then at 149 Great Cambridge street. The modern address is 149 Queensbridge Road, E2 by 1940 through rod renaming, and now permanently closed by 2018. There was a planning application to demolish the current building and replace it with a seven storey building which was refused; and listed as an Asset of Current Value in 2016. It was formerly a Trumans Hanbury pub, later being part of the Mayfair Taverns and also the Ascot chain.
Acorn, 149 Queensbridge Road - in December 2006
Kindly provided by Stephen Harris
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1827/George Priestman/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association
1833-34/William Moore, Acorn, Great Cambridge Street, Hackney road/../../../Pigots Directory
1839/Joseph Arnold/../../../Pigot’s Directory **
1842/Nich. Norman/../../../Robson’s Directory **
1846/William Cockett/../../../Post Office Directory
1847/William Cockett/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **
1850/H Glass/../../../P.O. Directory **
1851/Henry Glass/../../../Kellys Directory
July 1853/Henry Glass/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era
July 1853/Thomas Hodges/Incoming Licensee/../../Era
1856/Thomas Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory
1861/Thomas William Hodges/Licensed Victualler/36/Camden Town/Census
1861/William Thos Hodges/Son/4/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Alfred Hodges/Son/8 months/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Dorothy Large/Sister in Law, Barmaid/29/Buckinghamshire/Census
1861/Agnes Day/House Servant/20/Suffolk/Census
1861/Margaret Skinner/House Servant/15/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Robert Brown/Waiter/30/Bungay, Suffolk/Census
1861/Thomas Grimley/Groom/18/Taunton, Leicestershire/Census
1861/John Henry Driver/Waiter/14/St Pancras/Census
1862/Thomas Hodges / Landlord /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **
1862/Joseph Brent / Pot Man /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey
1869/Thomas William Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory
1871/Thomas W Hodges/Licensed Victualler/46/St Pancras, Middlesex/Census
1871/Christiana Hodges/Wife/50/Windsor, Buckinghamshire/Census
1871/Caroline Hodges/Daughter/17/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Louisa Hodges/Daughter/15/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/William J Hodges/Son/14/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Alfred Hodges/Son/10/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Fanny Gibson/Domestic Servant/18/Old Ford, Middlesex/Census
1871/William Lewis/Barman/20/Newington, Surrey/Census
1871/Thomas William Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory **
1872/T W Hodges/../../../Brabner’s Hackney Directory **
23rd November 1872/Thomas Hodges/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +
23rd November 1872/George Bruce/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +
1874/C Bruce/../../../H.D. Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers' Directory **
1875/George Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory **
May 1879/E Bruce/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer
May 1879/D Bruce/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer
1881/David Bruce/Licensed Victualler/34/Newington, Surrey/Census
1881/Beatrice Bruce/Wife/25/Hammersmith, Middlesex/Census
1881/David Bruce/Son/5/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1881/John Bruce/Father, Formerly Stone Mason/75/Scotland/Census
1881/Mary A Bruce/Wife/63/Boxtead, Suffolk/Census
1881/Walter Heathorn/Barman/20/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1882/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory
1883/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory **
1884/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory
1886/George Bruce/../../../Business Directory of London **
1891/Bruce Bros/../../../Post Office Directory
1892/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory
1893/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory
1895/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory **
1898/Mrs Kathleen E Harris/../../../Post Office Directory
1899/Thomas Easterbrook/../../../Post Office Directory
1904/Thomas Easterbrook/../../../Post Office Directory **
1906/John Cantor/../../../Post Office Directory **
1908/John Cantor/../../../Post Office Directory **
1910/Harry Albert Winn Weston/../../../Post Office Directory
1911/Harry Weston/Licensed Victualler/46/Walthamstpow, Essex/Census
1911/Selina Weston/Wife/39/Reading, berkshire/Census
1911/Harry Weston/Son, Barman/16/London/Census
1911/Victor Marner/Barman/25/Wiversfield, Sussex/Census
In the 1911 census, Thomas Henry Bryant is noted as a billiard marker, whilst living at 273 Hackney road, with his parents. At the same time, Ada Florence Potier is listed as a Relative of the licensee, John Richard Cooper, of the Queens Arms at 288 Hackney road. He is one of the signatories at their marriage later that year.
In 1911, Thomas Henry Bryant is a chairmaker when he marries Ada Florence Potier at Shoreditch; both show their address as at 288 Hackney road, and both aged 25. she is a widow, and her father is Arthur Joseph Looseley, a furrier.
In April 1917, Thomas Henry Bryant enlists in the Army Service Corps, aged 30, a Licensed Victualler with address of 149 Great Cambridge street, Hackney road. Records show him on the Princess Henrietta from Folkestone to Boulogne on the 3rd May 1917 where he serves with the Canteen.
1913/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory
1914/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory
1915/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory *
1920/Thomas Henry Bryant/Licensed Victualler/../../Truman’s Brewery records, held at London Metropolitan Archive **
1921/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory **
1934/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Kelly's
1938/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Kelly's
1939/Thomas H Bryant/Licensed Victualler/Born 15 Dec 1885//Electoral Register
1939/Ada F Bryant/Household duties/Born 28 July 1885//Electoral Register
1939/Henry J Bryant/Aircraft Instruments Assembler/Born 22 May 1922//Electoral Register
1939/Thomas A Bryant/Disabled/Born 20 April 1914//Electoral Register
1939/Stanley V Bryant/Tool Maker/Born 14 Feb 1920//Electoral Register
1939/Leonard G Bristow/Transport Contractor/Born 20 July 1907//Electoral Register
1939/Evelyn Bristow/Household duties/Born 26 March 1913//Electoral Register
1942/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory *
1944/Joseph James Ewin/../../../Post Office Directory *
1983/../Acorn, 149 Queensbridge road E2 : Truman Hanbury/../../Pub Directory
1988/Mr D Perera/../../../Watney Truman Trader List ***
1991/../Acorn, 149 Queensbridge road E2 : Bellhaven/../../Pub Directory
* Provided By Ewan
+ Provided by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
** Provided By Stephen Harris
*** Provided By Alex Wilkinson
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.
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London Street Listings in 1818 - mainly A and B.
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Entire London Street Listing in 1843 - by surname.
London public houses in 1856.
London public houses in 1869.
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London 1921 Street directory in 1921
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