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Bessborough Arms, 11 Bessborough Place, Pimlico SW1

Westminster St John index

At 33 Bessborough Place before 1891. Demolished in 1961. ***

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Westminster, St John - London. The Westminster - St John,  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.

The first licensee of this pub, William Dean, was a pianoforte maker.
23rd March 1848 / New License granted to William Dean /../../../ The Era *

17th April 1849 / License transfer from William Deane to Nathaniel Humpage /../../../ The Era *

14th Oct 1849 / License transfer from Nathaniel Humpage to Henry Thomas Carter/../../../ The Era *

8th Oct 1850 / License transfer from Thomas Carter to James Carter /../../../ The Era *

1851/Henry Carter/../../../Kellys Directory ****

27th Jan 1852 / License transfer from James Carter to John Bromwell /../../../ The Era *

1856/John Brumwell/../../../Post Office Directory ****

12th Aug 1856 / License transfer from John Brumwell (dec) to Mary Brumwell /../../../ The Era *

25th Jan 1860 / License transfer from Mary Bramwell to Richard Roake /../../../ The Era *

12th Nov 1861 / License transfer from Edward Roake to William Bent /../../../ The Era *

1862/William Bent/../../../Post Office Directory ****

11th Aug 1863 / License transfer from William Bent to John Ford /../../../ The Era *

6th Feb 1866 / License transfer from John Ford to William Glanville /../../../ The Era *

6th Aug 1867 / License transfer from William Glanville (dec) to Jane Glanville /../../../ The Era *

1869/Mrs Jane Granville/../../../Post Office Directory ****

May 1869/Jane Glanville/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era ****

May 1869/Arthur Alford/Incoming Licensee/../../Era ****

1881/Elizabeth Cornwell/Licensed Victualler, Widow/39/Nidd, York/Census ****
1881/Charles Frederick Cornwell/Son, Chemists Apprentice/18/Middlesex/Census
1881/Emma M Gill/Sister/21/Wtcliffe, York/Census
1881/Christiana Walker/Cousin, Widow/63/Birdwith, York/Census
1881/Ellen Mogrichaux/Barmaid/21/Middlesex/Census
1881/Louis G W Bolmer/Potman/26/Hatcham, Surrey/Census
1881/Alice L Stamp/General Servant/14/Brighton, Sussex/Census

1891/Joseph George Baldwin/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1895/Joseph George Baldwin/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/Thomas Rawlings/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1910/Thomas Rawlings/../../../Post Office Directory ****


1915/Thomas Henry Rawlings/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Thomas H Rawlings/../../../Hughes Directory ****

1934/Mrs Louisa Maud Rawlings/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1938/Mrs Louisa Maud Rawlings/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1944/Butler & Allen/../../../Post Office Directory ****

My late father, Frederick Thomas Allen, took over the license of the above pub from Mrs Rawlings some time in 1941. We moved in 1943 when my father took on the license of the Richmond Arms, 1 Orchardson Street, NW8. ***

The full list of the licensees who succeeded my father right up to the closure of the Bessborough Arms in 1961 is - ----- Burry,  Jesse Fuller,  Robert Brindle and Isaac Whittingham. I do know that Mr Whittingham was the last tenant when the pub was demolished in 1961 to make way for a Roman Catholic Primary School (which still stands on the site). ***

* Provided By John Hills

** Provided By Brinley Hawkins

*** Provided By Tony Allen

**** Provided By Kevan

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.
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