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Forest Hill Tavern, 108 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, SE22

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at Peckham Rye in 1878 & Honor Oak Terrace in 1881

Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill Road - circa 1930 (a match box cover)

Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill Road - circa 1930 (a match box cover)

Kindly provided by John Foster

Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich and Trumans Horse and Cart, when S C Dellow was licensee.

Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich and Trumans Horse and Cart, when S C Dellow was licensee.

The photograph is of The Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich, and I believe that it was taken sometime in the late fifties of early sixties when S C Dellow was licensee, as it was given to me by either Les Dellow or his wife over thirty years ago.
Les died in July 1986 and his wife in 1989

Kindly provided by Bob Gray

Residents at this address.

Morning Advertiser 20/03/1862: Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill - in this case John Smith applied for the licence; and it was stated that the house was a new one, and that it had cost about £1400, building, and that it was situated close to the cemetery gates. Mr Knapp supported the application and there was no opposition. Licence granted. **

1871/George Blunden/47/Licensed victualler/Essex Thurrock/Census **
1871/Thirza Blunden/26/Wife/Norfolk Dereham/Census
1871/Thirza/4/Daughter/Surrey Peckham/Census
1871/Eveline/3/Daughter/Surrey Peckham/Census
1871/Georgina Blunden/1/Daughter/Surrey Peckham/Census
1871/Harry Morris/15/../Census
1871/Alice Turner/18/Surrey Peckham/Census
1871/John Hatfield/15/Surrey Peckham/Census

1878/William Tonsley/../../../../Suburban Post Office Directory

1881/William Tonsley/Licensed Victualler/35/Northampton/Census
1881/Emily Tonsley/Wife/36/Brighton, Sussex/Census
1881/Gertrude E Tonsley/Daughter/10 months/Peckham Rye, Surrey/Census
1881/Richard H Budd/Visitor/29/Southsea, Hampshire/Census
1881/James Chard/Domestic Servant/23/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Annie Clark/Domestic Servant/22/Greenwich, Kent/Census

South London Press 27 September 1884 - Newington Transfer of Licenses
Forest Hill Tavern, Forest Hill road, William Tonsley to William Hepper

1891/John Prance/Licensed Victualler/48/Devonshire Plymouth/Census **
1891/Ann Prance/Wife/46/Ireland/Census
1891/Mary A Prance/ Daughter & licensed victuallers assistant/20/London Woolwich/Census
1891/Lavinia Prance/Daughter & licensed victuallers assistant/17/London Woolwich/Census
1891/John Prance/Son & licensed victuallers assistant 15/London Woolwich/Census
1891/Ann E Prance/Daughter/ 10/London Woolwich/Census
1891/Ada F Prance/Daughter/ 6/London Woolwich/Census
1891/Eliza Janes/General servant domestic/23/Somerset East Haughty/Census

1896/John Prance/../../../Post Office Directory

1901/John Prance/Licensed Victualler/57/Devon Stoke/Census**
1901/Ann Prance/Wife/56/Ireland/Census
1901/Lavinia Prance/Daughter/27/London Woolwich/Census
1901/Ann E Prance/Daughter/ 20/London Woolwich/Census
1901/Ada F Prance/Daughter/ 16/London Woolwich/Census

1905/John Prance/../../../Post Office Directory

1908/Mrs Mary Prance/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Mrs Ann Prance/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Mrs Ann Prance/widow & licensed victualler/66/Ireland/Census **
1911/Ann Elizabeth Prance/Daughter/30/London Woolwich/Census
1911/Ada Florence Prance/Daughter/26/ London Woolwich/Census
1911/Charles William Hodgins/Barman & potman/28/ London Westbourne Grove/Census

1919/Mrs Ann Prance/../../../Post Office Directory

1921/Ann Prance/../../../Hughes Directory

My father, William Henry Sol Foster (1896-1977), was licensee of the Prince Regent, South Street, Walworth before moving on to the Forest Hill Tavern, East Dulwich in 1930. He had the pub until Syd Dellow took over in 1940. *

1930 - 1940/William Henry "Sol" Foster/../../../.. *

1934/William Hy Sol Foster/../../../Kellys Directory

1938/William Hy Sol Foster/../../../Post Office Directory

1940/Mr S C Dellow/../../../Black Eagle Journal ***

1944/Sydney Chas Dellow/../../../Post Office Directory

Mr Dellow has been the licensee of the Forest Hill Tavern since 1940. he began his trade career with five years as manager of the Amersham Arms at New Cross. In 1932 he and his wife started their long association with THB when they took over the White Hart at Greenwich. He ran both this house and and his present one from 1940 to 1952, when he gave up the White Hart to his friend, Albert Sanders, the present licensee.
He completed an apprenticeship as a Marine Engineer and obtained his 2nd Engineer's Ticket. During the First World war, he served in the Royal Marines, but was invalided out from Gallipoli in 1917. He then went to Woolwich Arsenal and afterwards to Whiteheads of Weymouth to work on torpedo construction. After hospitalities, he was in charge of the machine shop of a large aircraft factory and later was responsible for Main Drainage in the S E London area under the LCC.
Mr Dellow married in 1917; he met his wife in the Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, Dorset. Her family have been in the house for 130 years and it is now run by her cousin. Into the little spare time that a licensee has, Mr Dellow manages to cram quite a number of hobbies. He is a keen boatman and fisherman and his workshop and lathe get a lot of use.
Recently the customers of the Forest Hill tavern gave a party to celebrate Mr and Mrs Dellow's twenty one years at the house. - Black Eagle Journal [1961] ***

Mr & Mrs Dellow and their son Leslie at the Forest Hill Tavern, Camberwell - in 1961

Mr & Mrs Dellow and their son Leslie at the Forest Hill Tavern, Camberwell - in 1961

Mr Dellow in his workshop - 1961

Mr Dellow in his workshop - 1961

Kindly provided by Alex Wilkinson

S C Dellow, licensee of the Forest Hill Tavern, died on December 9th, 1968 aged 77 years - Black Eagle Journal *** * Provided by John Foster

*+ Provided by Bob Gray

** Provided by Ian McInnes

*** Provided by Alex Wilkinson

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