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Bank of Friendship Tavern, 22 Harford street, Mile End E1

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Address given in 1869 and 1874 as Bancroft Place. ** The address is listed as 23 Beaumont Row in the 1861 and 1871 census census; but 22 Harford street by the 1881 census. *

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1848/Sam C Jolly/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/Charles J Wicker/../../../Kellys Directory

1851/Charles J Wicker/Licensed Victualler/26/St Clements Danes, Middlesex/Census
1851/Augusta Wicker/Wife/23/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1851/Augusta Wicker/Daughter/8 months/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1851/Ann Daly/Servant/26/Ireland/Census
1851/Jane Macord/Servant/20/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1851/William Watts/Servant/16/Limehouse, Middlesex/Census

My great, great, great grandfather was the licensed victualler of the Bank of Friendship, Mile End. ***+

I thought you might like a little extract from the will of Thomas Hemingway, Thomas died in 1856, he was retired at the time.

"And I give and bequeath unto the said Thomas Hemingway my Son and William Davis their executors, administrators and assigns, All that my leasehold Public House called or known by the sign of the Bank of Friendship, situate in Bancrofts Place, Mile End Road aforesaid, now on lease to Messieurs Charrington and Company, Brewers, for the term of twenty one years from the twenty fourth day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty one, at the present yearly rent of one hundred pounds.”
Note: William Davis was his son-in-law ***+

1861/Charles Wicker/Wine & Spirit Merchant/36/Westminster, Middlesex/Census *
1861/Augusta Wicker/Wife/33/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1861/Augusta Wicker/Daughter/11/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1861/John Wicker/Son/9/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1861/Anne Wicker/Daughter/4/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1861/Charles Wickers/Son/2/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1861/Jane Hulme/Barmaid/23/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1861/Harriet Cluck/Cook/25/Essex/Census
1861/Eliza Lobb/Nursemaid/18/Plymouth, Devon/Census
1861/Henry James/Errand Boy/16/Stepney, Middlesex/Census

1862/Charles John Wicker/../../../P.O. Directory

July 1862/Charles John Wicker/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer

July 1862/Thomas Hemmingway/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer

February 1865/T Hemmingway/Theatrical advertisement/../../East London Observer

I have Thomas Hemingways' death record and burial details - died Worthing 1856, aged 72, and buried in the London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery in February 1856; in the family grave purchased, when his son William died.
His son, Thomas II, must have taken over when the lease on the Bank Friendship (1841 for 21 years) expired in 1862.
He died in 1869 and his sister Mary Ann took over in 1869.
The Kate Hemingway (1869 Proceeds of the Old Bailey) was the daughter of Thomas II and Mary Jane (nee Dredge).
I am not sure who the Mrs Hemingway 1870 is it could be Thomas’ I wife Elizabeth who died in 1873 or Mary Jane wife of Thomas II, both were widows at that time.
Mrs M. J. Hemingway is Mary Jane the wife of Thomas II. ***+

1869/Kate Hemmingway/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

August 1869/Thomas Hemingway, late occupier/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

August 1869/Mary Ann Hemingway, executrix of Thomas Hemingway/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1870/Mrs Hemmingway/Case of the publicans tin cans being stolen/../../Lloyds Weekly newspapers

1871/Mary J Hemingway/Licensed Victualler, Widow/53/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1871/Emily Hemingway/Daughter/22/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1871/Kate Hemingway/Daughter/20/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1871/Thomas Hemingway/Son, Carpenter/18/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1871/John Hemingway/Son, Decorator/18/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1871/Mary Ann Bartlett/Domestic Servant/21/Mile End, Middlesex/Census

1874/My. J Hemmingway/../../../H.D. Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers' Directory **

1876/Mrs Mary Jane Hemingway/../../../P.O. Directory **

1880/Mrs Mary Jane Hemmingway/../../../Kellys Directory ***

1881/Mary J Hemingway/Licensed Victualler, Widow/63/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Emily Hemingway/Daughter, Assistant/32/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Kate Hemingway/Daughter, Assistant/30/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1881/Jane Webster/Domestic Servant/15/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1881/George R Mackown/Pot Lad/19/Poplar, Middlesex/Census

1882/Mrs Mary Jane Hemmingway/../../../Post Office Directory

29 July 1881/The Will of Mary Jane Hemingway late of the "Bank of Friendship" Public house Harford street Mile end road in the County of Middlesex Widow who died 3 July 1881 at the "Bank of Friendship" was proved at the Principal Registry by Fanny Chown (Wife of Henry Chown) and Kate Hemingway the Daughter both of the "Bank of Friendship" the Executrixes, Personal Estate £13,407 17s 4d/Probate

1884/Albert Toombs/../../../Post Office Directory

1886/Albert Toombs/../../../Business Directory of London **

1891/William Charles Parsons/../../../Post Office Directory

Morning Post 15 April 1899/The personal estate of Mr William Charles Parsons of The Bank of Friendship, Mile End, licensed victualler, who died on November 2 last and of whose will of December 20 1889, with codicils of May 5, 1891, and January 27, 1896, the executrix and executors are his widow, Mrs Louisa Clara parsons and his sons, William Farnham James Parsons and Walter Parsons, has been valued at £45,722 1s 10d and the gross value of the whole of the estate at £66, 653 1s 2d. The testator bequeathed to Mrs Parsons, £300, the use and enjoyment of his residence, and incoke of his estate, which subject to her life interest, is left in trust as to £3,500 for his son Charles Flower Parsons and as to the ultimate residue of his estate in equal shares for all his children.

1895/Henry Newman/../../../Post Office Directory **

1899/George Cole/../../../Post Office Directory

1901/Tom Cole/Publican/41/Dorset/Census
1901/Alice M Cole/Wife/40/Kennington/Census
1901/Herbert Simons/Barman/25/Methwold, Hythe/Census
1901/Henry Bright/Barman/22/Romford, Essex/Census
1901/Rose Thorndyke/Barmaid/21/Deptford/Census
1901/Edith M Martin/Cook/24/Hanington, Sussex/Census

1905/George Cole/../../../Kellys Directory ***

1910/Mrs Isabella Hirst/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/George Tom Cole / Public House Manager /../../London Gazette, 7 November 1911 **

1915/Louis Abrahams/../../../Post Office Directory

1921/Louis Abrahams/../../../Post Office Directory

In 1921 census at 22, Harford Street, Mile End Old Town
Louis Abrahams, Publican, aged 50 years 9 months and born in Stepney, London, the Employer
Rachel Abrahams, Wife, aged 46 years 4 months and born in Stepney, London, England Home Duties
Jacob Abrahams, Son, Electrical Engineer, Sinclair Paget & Co, aged 17 years 9 months and born in St Albans, Hertfordshire
Henry Renovitch, Nephew, Barman, Louis Abrahams Publican, aged 24 years 4 months and born in Stepney, London

My Great Grandmother was Theresa Harriet Chipchase, (Previous married name Howell and maiden name Nazer) and was a widow when she took on the pub in the late 1930’s. The pub was bombed during the war and my great grandmother and her sister were trapped in the cellar. Having survived that she moved to Tufnell Park (the pub having been destroyed) where she was bombed again this time she did not survive but died in Highgate Hospital on the 9th April, 1941. *+

1934/Louis Abrahams/../../../Kellys Directory

1938/Lew Gould/../../../Post Office Directory

I am the grandson of Theresa Harriet Howell, who was the last known landlady of the above pub until it was destroyed by enemy action in 1941. *++

My late mother, Mrs Lilian Howell, (1916 - 2013), the wife of Frank Howell, Theresa' second son stated. "The Licquor Licence was held by the said Mr Harris due to the fact that my grandmother was barred from holding such licence because of her criminal record. She was said to have served a 3 day prison sentence due to the failure of payment of her local authority council rates. Consequently she was prohibited to obtain her licence."
The pub was run by my granny, reputed to be a bit of a dragon, but as mentioned above, trading under the name of her "fancy man", my mums words, not mine, known affectionately by one and all as "Dodger" Harris. *++

1941/Thomas Henry Harris/../../../Kellys Directory *++

1942/Thomas Henry Harris/../../../Kellys Directory *++

Following extensive war damage presumably the building was demolished as no entry of this address was recorded in the 1942 edition. *++

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** Provided By Stephen Harris

**+ Provided By Jan Ralton

*** Provided By Peter Horler.

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