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Custom House Hotel, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16

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By 1982, maybe a lot earlier, this is the Spanish Steps, and closed in 1991

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Custom House Hotel

Custom House Hotel

Thanks to Lal & Amy

Custom House Hotel, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - Licensee H Elliston

Custom House Hotel, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - Licensee H Elliston

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - in the 1980s

Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - in the 1980s

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - in the 1990s

Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town E16 - in the 1990s

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Residents at this address

1862/Frederick Webb/../../../Kelly's Directory

1867/John Bowler/../../../Post Office Directory

1870/John Bowler/../../../Kelly's Directory

1871/John Bowler/Licensed Victualler/43/Christchurch, Monmouth/Census
1871/Ann Bowler/Wife/41/Gloucestershire/Census
1871/Katherine A Bowler/Daughter/9/Middlesex/Census
1871/Anne Rowland/Mother, Widow/86/Monmouth/Census
1871/Mary J Bowler/Niece, Visitor/24/Monmouth/Census
1871/Hannah Bowler/Niece, Visitor/21/Monmouth/Census
1871/Martha A Griffiths/Barmaid/35/Middlesex/Census
1871/Mary Brown/Cook/37/Ireland/Census
1871/Elizabeth Wells/Housemaid/23/Essex/Census
1871/Robert Moll/Waiter/23/Suffolk/Census
1871/William Hill/Servant/17/Middlesex/Census

1872/John Bowler/../../../Kelly's Directory

1874/John Bowler/../../../Kelly's Directory

1878/John Bowler/../../../Kelly's Directory

1881/John Bowler/Licensed Victualler/53/Christchurch, Monmouth/Census
1881/Anne Bowler/Wife/49/Sidenham, Gloucester/Census
1881/Katherine Bowler/Daughter/19/Limehouse, Middlesex/Census
1881/William H. Gedge/Visitor/49/Devonport, Devon/Census
1881/Catherine Gedge/Visitor/47/Newport, Monmouth/Census
1881/William Pitwood/Manager/33/Sidmouth, Devon/Census
1881/Joseph Pearcy/Groom/24/Foxley, Northampton/Census
1881/? Green/Barman/20/../Census
1881/Alford Fielder/Barman/16/Acton, Middlesex/Census
1881/Philip Agate/Waiter/19/Gt Wakering, Essex/Census
1881/Eliza Palmer/Kitchenmaid/19/Barking, Essex/Census
1881/Ellen Rapley/Cook/31/Dedham, Essex/Census
1881/Caroline Williamson (Deaf & Dumb)/Housemaid/24/Limehouse, Middlesex/Census

Note: Premises not named in 1881

1882/John Bowler/../../../Kelly's Directory

1886/John Osborne/../../../Kelly's Directory

1891/Matilda C Osborne/Manageress of Hotel/29/Lambeth, London/Census
1891/Elizabeth Harrison/Cousin, Bar Assistant/21/Poplar, London/Census
1891/John T Harrison/Cousin, Boots/15/Custon House, Essex/Census
1891/George Shipping/Manager of Hotel/39/Poplar, London/Census
1891/Elizabeth Gunn/Housekeeper, Widow/50/Chelmsford, Essex/Census

1896/John Osborne/../../../Post Office Directory

1901/Harry E Elliston/Licensed Victualler/46/Cockfield, Suffolk/Census
1901/Catherine Elliston/Wife/41/Lambeth, London/Census
1901/Harry M Elliston/Son/10/Blackfriars, London/Census
1901/Kate E Elliston/Daughter/9/Blackfriars, London/Census
1901/Hilda F Elliston/Daughter/3/West Ham, Essex/Census
1901/Henry Dare/Hotel Cellerman/31/Newington, London/Census
1901/Walter Stevens/Barman/22/Oxford/Census
1901/Alfred E Bustard/Barman/23/illegible/Census
1901/Henry J White/Barman/22/Isle of Wight/Census
1901/Alice Armstrong/Domestic Servant/27/Lowestoft, Suffolk/Census
1901/Anne Berry/Domestic Servant/21/West Ham, Essex/Census

1902/Harry Elliston/../../../Kelly's Directory

1908/Harry Elliston/../../../Kelly's Directory

1911/Harry Elliston/Licensed Victualler/56/Cockfield, Suffolk/Census
1911/Jessie Elliston/Wife, Assistant/32/Glasgow, Scotland/Census
1911/Kate Helen Elliston/Daughter/18/Blackfriars, Middlesex/Census
1911/Hilda Frances Elliston/Daughter/12/West Ham, Essex/Census
1911/Gladys Jessie Elliston/Daughter/5/West Ham, Essex/Census
1911/Arthur Eversden/Manager/38/Strand, Middlesex/Census
1911/Percy Herbert Woodage/Cellerman/29/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1911/Harry Fred Parker/Barman/23/Bow, Middlesex/Census
1911/Charles Edward Crooks/Barman/25/Bow, Middlesex/Census
1911/Charles Thomas Grasham/Barman/23/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1911/Henry James Hayman/Barman/25/Poplar, Middlesex/Census
1911/Elizabeth Syme/Cook, Widow/42/Stirling, Scotland/Census
1911/Minnie Forty/Housemaid/21/Poplar, Middlesex/Census

1912/Harry Elliston/../../../Kelly's Directory

1917/Harry Elliston/../../../Kelly's Directory

1925/George Edward Strong/../../../Kelly's Directory

1934/Alfred St Swithin Chapman/../../../Kelly's Directory

1938/Alfred St Swithin Chapman/../../../Post Office Directory

1944/Alfred St Swithin Chapman/../../../Post Office Directory

In the summer of 1977 I moved to Penn in Buckinghamshire with my mother and her new partner who ran the Rose and Crown public house there.
Two summers later in 1979 they left to live in and run the Angler's Retreat in Dagenham, leaving in December 1981. Having married in Penn they were at that time -  Ella and Roy Sharkey, along with me, Christopher, being Ella's son from a previous marriage, but also taking the name Sharkey. **

They left to live in and manage the Spanish Steps in Canning Town until the summer of the following year 1981, when they were dismissed following the theft of the safe from the downstairs office in the middle of the night. Interestingly the relief couple who took over the running of the pub, arrived at lunch time from Newcastle and admitted that they had been informed of their new position the day before (i.e. before the safe was stolen).
My parents then took over The California pub, E16 2NQ, and left after closing on the night of 16th May 1982 - the only reason I know this with certainty is because I was quite young, and was unexpectedly allowed to stay up until the end of the World Snooker Final which Alex Higgins won.  We then gathered our possessions and left in the middle of the night. I don't know the circumstances surrounding that event, but I know that the owners of the pub had no idea that it was happening. **

1983/../Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road E16 : Free House/../../Pub Directory

1991/../Spanish Steps, 277 Victoria Dock Road E16 : Bo beer, Closed/../../Pub Directory

* Provided by John Carnaby

** Provided by Chris Sharkey


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