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Old Thatched House, 119 Essex Road, Islington N1

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The address is Thatched House Row, Lower Road in 1856 and earlier, prior to street renaming. It's also given as Lower Street in some sources. *

Listed as the Thatched House in 1881 at Asteys Row, Essex Road and also some time after 1921 & by 1934; It is now called the Embassy(2007). ***

It Closed in 2012 and is currently a chain coffee outlet. *+

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The bomb damaged Old Thatched House, 117-119 Essex Road, Islington, N1 - in 1941

The bomb damaged Old Thatched House, 117-119 Essex Road, Islington, N1 - in 1941

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Old Thatched House, 119 Essex Road, N1 - in March 2007

Old Thatched House, 119 Essex Road, N1 - in March 2007

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Old Thatched House, 117-119 Essex Road, Islington, N1 - in May 2010

Old Thatched House, 117-119 Essex Road, Islington, N1 - in May 2010

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Residents at this address.

1794/Richard Garrard/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1803/George Branburg/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1809/George Bramburg/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1815/George Branbury/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1823/William Roxbrough/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1824/William Roxbrough/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

English Chronicle and Whitehall Evening Post 03 November 1829
Destruction by Fire of the Thatched House Tavern, Islington
About two o'clock yesterday afternoon it was discovered that a fire had commenced at the above Tavern, in a chamber under the thatched part of the premises. The flames speedily communicated to the roof, and within half an hour the whole building was in one common blaze.
The friends and neighbours of Mr Fretwell, the occupier, renedered every possible assistanne to put a stop, if possible, to the ravages of the devouring element, by detaching the thatch from that part of the building from which the tavern takes its name, but without avail; others directed their attention to the saving of the furniture, plate, and other valuables, from various parts of the building, in which they were very successful.
The parish engines (two) were quickly on the spot, but their efforts cound not stay the progress of the flames. The engines of the several fire-offices were also on the spot within half an hour of the breaking out of the flames, but, although there was plenty of water, the house being contiguous to the river, their efforts could not prevent the total destruction of the greater part of the premises. Before three o'clock the roof had fallen in, and a check was given to the progress of the flames.
It is a little singular that the two oldest houses in Islington have disapperaed within the space of a fortnight - the Old Queens Head, by the hands of men; the old Thatched House Tavern, by devouring flames.

1839/William Dell/../../../Pigot's Directory *

1841/William Dell/../../../Post Office Directory *

June 1849/William Dell/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

June 1849/George Rich Branberg/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1856/George Branburg/../../../Post Office Directory *

June 1856/Mary Anne Brangburgh/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

June 1856/Walter Coley/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

February 1866/H C Peters/Outgoing Licensee/../../Islington Gazette

February 1866/W Lee/Incoming Licensee/../../Islington Gazette

March 1866/William Lee/License renewal/../Clerkenwell News

1869/William Lee/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1879/Mrs Fanny Lee/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1881/Arthur Hy White/Licensed Victualler/36/St George Hanover Square/Census
1881/Mary A White/Wife/29/Islington, Middlesex/Census
1881/Matilda Wyman/Sister In Law, Barmaid/26/Islington, Middlesex/Census
1881/Johannah Mead/Cook, Widow/45/Scotland/Census
1881/Arthur Bell/Barman/23/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Henry Rose/Barman/32/Fortis Green, Middlesex/Census
1881/Charles Toomer/Potman/24/Hampstead, MiddlesexCensus

1882/Arthur Henry White/../../../Post Office Directory *

1884/James Argent/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Rowland Hirst/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Thomas Carsberg/Publican/32/Islington/Census **
1891/Kitty Carsberg/Wife/25/Brighton, Sussex/Census
1891/Thomas Carsberg/Son/6/Islington/Census
1891/Kitty Carsberg/Daughter/4/Islington/Census
1891/Arthur Carsberg/Son/2/Islington/Census
1891/Ernest Carsberg/Son/1/Islington/Census

plus 8 staff & servants; Thomas is at the Queens Arms in Clerkenwell by 1901 **

1895/Rowland Hirst & Co/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Chamberlain & Harwood/../../../Post Office Directory

1910/Chamberlain & Harwood/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Frederick G Dyke/Licensed Victuallers Manager/35/Bristol/Census
1911/Florence Dyke/Wife/34/Plumstead, Kent/Census
1911/Matilda Dyke/Daughter/6/London/Census
1911/Gladys Dyke/Daughter/3/London/Census
1911/Harriett Dyke/Daughter/2/London/Census
1911/Elma Dyke/Daughter/1/London/Census
1911/Clara Rouse/Servant/34/London/Census
1911/Ellen Hayes/Servant/43/Northampton/Census
1911/Davidina Burgess/Servant/21/Leith, Scotland/Census
1911/Irene Richman/Servant/23/London/Census
1911/Ernest Homes/Servant/22/Great Yarmouth/Census
1911/Charles Hogg/Servant/22/London/Census
1911/Edward Garnham/Servant/21/London/Census

1915/Chamberlain & Harwood/../../../Post Office Directory

1921/Pioneer Catering Co Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory

1934/Pioneer Catering Co Ltd/../../../Kellys Directory
1938/Pioneer Catering Co Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory

[Leonard Arthur Clark married Alma Edith Varney in 1926 at Canning Town.]

In 1939 electoral register at 119 Essex road
Leonard A Clark, Manager Of Licensed Premises, born 16 Nov 1905
Alma Edith Clark, Manageress Licensed Premises, born 28 Feb 1905
Peter B Clark, born 07 Apr 1932
Alice (J) Frankland, later Pettifer, Cook, born 11 Aug 1899
Grace Green, later Malone, Housemaid, born 22 Jun 1909
Edward Maher, Cellar Man, born 21 Sep 1911
Patrick O'shea, Barman, born 14 Sep 1917
Edward Curran, Barman, born 01 Jun 1912

1941/Leonard A Clark, Licensed Victualler/../../Newspaper report

1944/Pioneer Catering Co Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory

The Thatched House Air Raid incident in 1941 when 15 people where killed by a bomb at this pub, are listed in the Islington book of condolences, where the sites listed each person individually.

" Saturday 8th March 1941. After a number of days respite, a major attack took place against London, during which Buckingham Palace was hit. Also notable this night was the tragedy at the Cafe de Paris where 34 people were killed and the bombing of the Thatched House, Essex Road in Islington with 15 deaths. A number of properties were damaged in Islington. In all, 23 Islingtonians lost their lives this night, one in the Cafe de Paris incident.." **+

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