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Brown Bear, 33 & 34 Bow street, Covent Garden WC2

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Existed from at least 1787. This looks like it is Bow street Police station by 1842, and maybe a lot earlier. This was apparently built in 1831-32 according to history online, where they remained until 1880, when it moved to its present building by the magistrates court. Incidentally, in 1830, the Brown Bear is described as opposite the Police station, but this is clearly an earlier police office, if describing it as such before the building of the current police station.

A note to add to this, I have found an excellent picture of the Brown Bear, dated 1825, showing Hazard as the licensee. The picture is described as opposite the police station, but the picture is annotated as 'now the police station.

Residents at this address.

1787/John Foreman, victualler, Brown Bear, Bow Street, Covent garden/../../Sun Fire Insurance - access to archives

1805/George Hazard, Brown Bear, Bow Street, Covent garden/../../Holdens Directory

Morning Advertiser 20 November 1809 - Licensed Victuallers Association
The following are additional subscribers since the last advertisement of one pound, one shilling, i.e. one guinea:
Mr Hazard, Brown Bear, Bow street

[In 1832, there is a George Hazard at 3 London wall, which is a coffee rooms in 1842, maybe earlier ]

1825/Mr Chaffey, Brown Bear, Bow street, Covent garden/../../Licensed Victuallers Association

December 1827/John Chaffey 33 and 34 Bow Street Covent Garden victualler and spirit dealer/../../Sun Fire Insurance records held at the LMA

1829/Charles Attwood, Brown Bear, 33 & 34 Bow Street/../../Pigots Directory

The Bow street as listed in 1832 and 1842 street directories

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