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Finsbury Park pub history index
A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Middlesex.
Kings Head, 126 Blackstock Road, N4 - in March 2011
Kindly provided by Tris
Residents at this address
My x 3 great grandfather, Charles Roberts, as reported from the British Newspaper Archive (BNA), was fined 40 shillings for opening the beer house he ran before 1.00 on a Sunday. I knew he was based in Blackstock Road but didn’t know which pub. The Islington Gazette, which reported the case on Saturday 22 August 1863, stated that in fact, Charles ran the Kings Head at that time. *
The defendant, in paying the money, said he did not think it was right that the police should be allowed to go round his bedroom, and that without producing anything to show that they were police constables. If he had not admitted the police he would have been fined, and he did not think it was fair that the police should be sent round in plain clothes to entrap persons, and yet have nothing to show that they are officers.
Inspector Wiseman said the house was near the New River, and if men were sent in uniform it was impossible to catch the defendant.
1881/John Smith/Beer & Wine Retailer/38/Middlesex/Census
In 1876 aged 19 Edward had deserted the Royal Engineers – presumably to marry a month later Sarah aka Louisa Rawlings. **
In 1898 they took over the Bricklayers Arms in Farningham, Kent, from descendants of the Sharp family who built it circa 1781.
In 1901 census, the Howeys were still at the Bricklayers Arms, although by 1911 the couple were living in Tottenham, London and Edward, 55, was a Beer House Keeper out of work. **
1891/Edward Howey, 34, Head, born c1857 Marylebone, London – Beer house keeper - census **
1891/Louisa Howey, 33, wife, born c1858 Somerset
1891/John Howey, son, 14, born 1877 Marylebone, London, scholar
1891/James Pillan, 17, nephew, born 1874, Middlesex, compositor
1891/Jane Javers, 27, born c1864 Middlesex, servant
1901/William Edwin Powell/Beer Seller/41/Southwark/Census
1901/Edith Alexandra Powell/Wife/34/Poplar/Census
1901/John Richardson/Barman/22/Canning Town/Census
1901/Herbert Trentbridge/Visitor, Baker/22/Poplar/Census
1905/W E Powell/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory
1911/William Edwin Powell/Beer House Keeper, Widow/51/St George Martyr, Southwark/Census
1911/Horace Edwin Powell/Son/16/Walworth, London/Census
1911/Herbert Banks/Barman/27/Tottenham, Middlesex/Census
1919/William Edwin Powell, Beer Retailer, 126 Blackstock road, Finsbury park N4/../../Post Office Directory
1934/Mrs Esther Whitbread, Beer Retailer, 126 Blackstock road N4/../../Kellys Directory
1938/Mrs Rose M Rusby/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory
1942/H W Rusby, Beer Retailer, 126 Blackstock road N4/../Post Office Directory
1961/Kings Head, 126 Blackstock road N4/../../Pub Directory
1981/Kings Head, 126 Blackstock road N4 2DR/../../Pub Directory
* Provided by Elaine McQuade
** Provided by Hilary Cook