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Prince of Wales, 144 Mackenzie road, Islington N7

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At 16 St James Road in 1856 and 1869, then at 144 St James road.. This pub was destroyed by a direct hit from a German V2 rocket on 26th December 1944. The immediate area is now Paradise Park. This pub's address changed to 144 MacKenzie Road N7 due to road renaming between 1938 and 1944. *+

I have been researching the V2 bomb that destroyed the Prince of Wales PH on Boxing Day 1944.
There were 74 people killed in the incident overall. In his detailed study of the Islington records, John Hook's publication "The Glorious Dead" lists 32 people who were specifically killed in the pub. The rescue services did record (many but not all) dead people in terms of where they were found. It is possible that some other people were blown up/blown out of the premises in the explosion. Given that, for example, 7 children from 1 family were killed all at 133 Mackenzie Road (directly opposite the pub), and other statements by survivors. For the sake of accuracy, at least 32 and possibly up to 20 others, were killed. **

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Prince Of Wales, 144 MacKenzie Road, Liverpool Road, Islington N7#

Prince Of Wales, 144 MacKenzie Road, Liverpool Road, Islington N7

Residents at this address

1856/Mrs Lucy Hall/../../../Post Office Directory

April 1868/Alfred Spencer/Outgoing Licensee/../../Islington Gazette & Era

April 1868/William Frederick Nicoll/Incoming Licensee/../../Islington Gazette & Era

March 1866/Hester Cobley/License renewal/../Clerkenwell News

1869/William Nicoll/../../../Post Office Directory

January 1869/W H Nicholl/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

January 1869/Henry Turner/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1881/Fanny Wilson/Licensed Victualler, Widow/48/Bromley, Kent/Census
1881/Eliza Wilson/Daughter/14/Paddington, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jane Brown/Bar Maid/27/Camden Town, Middlesex/Census
1881/Eliza Allingham/Domestic Servant/26/Lambeth, Middlesex/Census
1881/John Wise/Visitor, Soldier (Officer)/28/Hobart Town/Census
1881/William Farrode/Potman/40/NK, Suffolk/Census

1882/Mrs F. Wilson/../../../Post Office Directory *

1884/Fanny Wilson/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Edward Thomas Watkins/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Snow Brothers/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Charles Sheen/../../../Post Office Directory

My ancestors, Frederick Charles Solomon and his wife Gertrude Beatrice (nee Schiffer) are listed as the publicans at 144 St James Road, Islington.  Frederick Charles Solomon's parents, Joshua Solomon and wife Henrietta nee Garrod, were the publicans at the Lord Clyde, 175 Capworth Street, Leyton. His grandfather was the publican of The Plough in Sutton, Suffolk. ***

1901/Frederick C Solomon/Publican/36/City, London/Census ***
1901/Gertrude B Solomon/Wife/22/Clerkenwell, London/Census
1901/Bertha L Schiffer/Sister in Law, Barmaid/19/Clerkenwell, London/Census
1901/Ernest Salter/Barman/22/Leyton, Essex/Census
1901/Herbert Reynolds/Barman/16/Theydon Bois, Essex/Census

1910/George James Balchin/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/George James Balchin/Licensed Victualler/41/Dulwich, Surrey/Census
1911/Ellen Balchin/Wife/39/Clerkenwell/Census
1911/Jessie Grace Balchin/Daughter/14/South Lambeth/Census
1911/Elsie Alice Balchin/Daughter/11/South Lambeth//Census
1911/Ellen Doris Balchin/Daughter/4/Wimbledon, Surrey/Census
1911/May Palmer/Cook/23/Bermondsey/Census
1911/Albert Nightingale/Barman/22/Bethnal Green/Census
1911/William Lloyd/Barman/32/St Pancras/Census

1915/Bert Fairers/../../../Post Office Directory *

1921/A E Faiers/../../../Hughes Directory

In 1921 census at 144, St James's Road, Holloway
Albert Edward Faiers, Licensed Victualler, aged 53 years 11 months, born in London, Employer
Henry Victor Faiers, Son, Manager, aged 23 years 7 months, born in London
Judie Lily Faiers, Daughter, Bdg Soc Clerk, Boro Of Lon Shury Lanesmgnt Bdg Society, aged 21 years 5 months, born in London
James Parks Wilkins, Visitor, Public Official, Stepney Boro, aged 41 years 6 months, born in Londons
Sarah Ann Wilkins, Visitor, aged 40 years 4 months, born in London
John Kenneth Wilkins, Visitor, aged 11 years 5 months, born in London

1931 - 1936/Clements/../../../Freehold

1934/Joseph Norman Clements/../../../Kellys Directory

1937 - 1938/Batt/../../../Freehold

1938/Bertram William Batt/../../../Post Office Directory

1940/Bertram William Batt/../../../Post Office Directory *

1939/Bertram W Batt/Publican/Born 8 Sept 1910//Electoral Register
1939/Rita M Batt/Unpaid domestic duties/Born 11 April 1906//Electoral Register

1939 - 1943/Streeter/../../../Freehold

1944/George Chas Streeter/../../../Post Office Directory


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