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Drivers Arms, 1 Lawton road, Mile End E3 4RA

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Drivers Arms, 1 Lawton road, Mile End E3 on June 26th 1970

Drivers Arms, 1 Lawton road, Mile End E3 on June 26th 1970

Ian Roberts on right and Tony Case, lab technician, on left, wearing college scarf. Think he came in by motor bike from Ilford or maybe Romford. I remember the room on the left had a table football game. I remember John Bradshaw, who shared a room with Ian, was unbeatable if the ball entered “The Bradshaw Zone”.

Kindly provided by Maggie Roberts

Another picture of the Drivers Arm, Lawton road with my dad in it (Tony Case). This time on his motorbike.

Another picture of the Drivers Arm, Lawton road with my dad in it (Tony Case). This time on his motorbike.

Kindly provided by Steve Case

The address is given as Longfellow Road in the 1882 Directory, and as 9 Lawton Road in the 1881 census. *  Bill Lovelock, whose brother remembers drinking in this pub in the late 1970s; when it was called the Drivers Arms, as it was also referenced in 1950. It was burnt down in around 1980. ** It was also named the Drivers Arms in 1891 when a beer house, at 1 Lawton road.
Through the winter lockdown I got interested in Drovers and Drove Roads. Only just thought that the Drivers could have referred to Drovers. After selling the beasts at market, they would have been responsible for taking the money back to the farmers so they had to be completely trustworthy.
My interest arose from a Somerset dialect poem describing how a farmer escaped from highwaymen while riding home from London in the early 1700s. ***

Residents at this address.

Mrs Frances Louisa Arnold (nee Keasley) appears to have been married to a James William Arnold in July 1853. His father is a dyer, hers is William Keasley, Licensed Victualler.
Frances Louisa Keasley, baptised 19th November 1830, and born October 25th 1830 at Limehouse to William Keassley and Frances Keasley, Publican. There is a William Keasley at the Queens Head, Queen street, in Ratcliff, at about this time.

She was a servant, aged 20 in the 1951 census at 31 Coleman street which is the Fountain and Star.
1881/Frances L. Arnold/Beer House Keeper (Widow)/46/Ratcliffe, Middlesex/Census *
1881/Sarah Joslyn/Servant/18/Holborn, Middlesex/Census

1882/Mrs Frances Louise Arnold/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory *

1891/Mrs F L Arnold/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1891/Frances Louise Arnold/beer retailer, Widow/60/Ratcliffe, London/Census
1891/Elizabeth Wakefield, Servant/25/Bow, London/Census

1895/James Capon/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1899/George Talbot/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1901/George Talbot/Licensed Victualler/55/Suffolk/Census
1901/Julia Talbot/Wife/55/Marylebone, London/Census

East End News and London Shipping Chronicle. 20 March 1906
A Publicans failure. On Thursday, before Mr Egerton S Grey, official receiver, the first meeting was held of the creditors of George Talbot, late of the "Drivers Arms," Mile End, the debtor attributing his insolvency to bad trade, owing to competition, and his inability to redeem the lease. The receiving order was made on the 1st instance, upon the petition of the New Phoenix Brewery (Limited) in liquidation.
Accounts were filed showing an unsecured debt £5, liabilities fully secured £600, and debts partly secured £932 8s (the security being valued at £50); with assets consisting of an estimated surplus of £255; with assets consisting of an estimated surplus of £255 from the property held as security. The matter reminaed in the hands of the official receiver.

East London Observer. 09 March 1907
Messrs Norman and Son will also submit to public competition, at the Swan Hotel, Stratford, on Monday 25th 1907, The Valuable Freehold Beerhouse, known as the "Drivers Arms", Lawton road, Mile End, let for a term at a rental rising to £30 per annum, together with the commodious stable, yard, and cottage adjoining, of the estimated rental value of £60 per annum.
Auction Offices, Town Hall Chambers, Stratford and 34 King street, Cheapside EC.

1910/Thomas Doran/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1911/Thomas Doran/Beer House Keeper/38/Marylebone, London/Census
1911/Alice Maud Doran/Wife, Assistant/36/Bloomsbury, London/Census

1914/Thomas Doran/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1915/Thomas Doran/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory *

1921/Egbert V Phillips/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

In 1921 census at 1, Lawton Road, Mile End Old Town,
Harold Thomas Beleiu Dixcee, Publicanr, aged 29 years 7 months and born in Forest Hill, Middlesex, Own Account
Hilda Lilian Florence Dixcee, Wifer, aged 24 years 5 months and born in Middlesex
Daphne Maureen Dixcee, Daughterr, aged 7 months and born in Middlesex

1934/Albert V. Baulk/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory *

1938/Albert V Baulk/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

In 1938/Frederick John Cain and wife Flora Cain are at the Peacock, Hopton street

1939/Frederick J Cain/Licensed Victualler/Born 23 Dec 1876/Electoral Rergister
1939/Flora Cain/Domestic Duties/Born 10 Feb 1884/Electoral Rergister

1942/Frederick John Cain/beer retailer/../../Post Office Directory *

1944/Frederick John Cain/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1950/F J Cain, Drivers Arms, 1 Lawton road E3/../../BT Telephone Directory [ADVance 2987]

1952/F Cain, 1 Lawton road E3/../../BT Telephone Directory [ADVance 2987]

1961/Drivers Arms 1 Lawton road E3/../../Pub Directory

1971/Drivers Arms 1 Lawton road E3/../../Pub Directory

1981/Drivers Arms 1 Lawton road E3 4RA/../../Pub Directory

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*** Provided By Maggie Roberts

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