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Acorn, 149 Queensbridge Road, Shoreditch E2

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The Acorn is first noted as a pub in 1827 when George Priestman was a subscriber to the Licensed Victuallers Association. The Acorn is noted as being licensed by William Moore in about 1833, Joseph Arnold in 1839, Nicholas Norman in 1842 and William Cockett in 1846 and 1847. Henry Glass is licensee between at least between 1850 and July 1853. At this time, Thomas William Hodges is the incoming licensee for nearly twenty years. It then looks like George & David Bruce share the licensing for the next twenty years, until about 1891.
Alfred Steadman is next listed for a number of years, and Mrs Kathleen E Harris in 1898. Thomas Easterbrook holds the license for another five years, John Cantor for several years, and Harry Albert Winn Weston about 1911. Thomas Henry Bryant is next the licensee for about thirty years until at least 1942. I drill down into his life and links to the pub trade further down this page.

The address of the Acorn is at 65 Great Cambridge Street in 1869 & earlier; then at 149 Great Cambridge street. The modern address is 149 Queensbridge Road, E2 by 1940 through rod renaming, and now permanently closed by 2018. There was a planning application to demolish the current building and replace it with a seven storey building which was refused; and listed as an Asset of Current Value in 2016. It was formerly a Trumans Hanbury pub, later being part of the Mayfair Taverns and also the Ascot chain.

Acorn, 149 Queensbridge Road - in December 2006

Acorn, 149 Queensbridge Road - in December 2006

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address

1827/George Priestman/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1833-34/William Moore, Acorn, Great Cambridge Street, Hackney road/../../../Pigots Directory

1839/Joseph Arnold/../../../Pigot’s Directory **

1842/Nich. Norman/../../../Robson’s Directory **

1846/William Cockett/../../../Post Office Directory

1847/William Cockett/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1850/H Glass/../../../P.O. Directory **

1851/Henry Glass/../../../Kellys Directory

July 1853/Henry Glass/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

July 1853/Thomas Hodges/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1856/Thomas Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory

1861/Thomas William Hodges/Licensed Victualler/36/Camden Town/Census
1861/Christiana Hodges/Wife/40/Buckinghamshire/Census
1861/Caroline Hodges/Daughter/7/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Louisa Hodges/Daughter/6/Shoreditch/Census
1861/William Thos Hodges/Son/4/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Alfred Hodges/Son/8 months/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Dorothy Large/Sister in Law, Barmaid/29/Buckinghamshire/Census
1861/Agnes Day/House Servant/20/Suffolk/Census
1861/Margaret Skinner/House Servant/15/Shoreditch/Census
1861/Robert Brown/Waiter/30/Bungay, Suffolk/Census
1861/Thomas Grimley/Groom/18/Taunton, Leicestershire/Census
1861/John Henry Driver/Waiter/14/St Pancras/Census

1862/Thomas Hodges / Landlord /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **
1862/Joseph Brent / Pot Man /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey

1869/Thomas William Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Thomas W Hodges/Licensed Victualler/46/St Pancras, Middlesex/Census
1871/Christiana Hodges/Wife/50/Windsor, Buckinghamshire/Census
1871/Caroline Hodges/Daughter/17/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Louisa Hodges/Daughter/15/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/William J Hodges/Son/14/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Alfred Hodges/Son/10/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Fanny Gibson/Domestic Servant/18/Old Ford, Middlesex/Census
1871/William Lewis/Barman/20/Newington, Surrey/Census

1871/Thomas William Hodges/../../../Post Office Directory **

1872/T W Hodges/../../../Brabner’s Hackney Directory **

23rd November 1872/Thomas Hodges/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

23rd November 1872/George Bruce/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1874/C Bruce/../../../H.D. Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers' Directory **

1875/George Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory **

May 1879/E Bruce/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer

May 1879/D Bruce/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer

1881/David Bruce/Licensed Victualler/34/Newington, Surrey/Census
1881/Beatrice Bruce/Wife/25/Hammersmith, Middlesex/Census
1881/David Bruce/Son/5/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1881/John Bruce/Father, Formerly Stone Mason/75/Scotland/Census
1881/Mary A Bruce/Wife/63/Boxtead, Suffolk/Census
1881/Walter Heathorn/Barman/20/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census

1882/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory

1883/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory **

1884/David Bruce/../../../Post Office Directory

1886/George Bruce/../../../Business Directory of London **

1891/Bruce Bros/../../../Post Office Directory

1892/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory

1893/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Alfred Steadman/../../../Post Office Directory **

1898/Mrs Kathleen E Harris/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Thomas Easterbrook/../../../Post Office Directory

1904/Thomas Easterbrook/../../../Post Office Directory **

1906/John Cantor/../../../Post Office Directory **

1908/John Cantor/../../../Post Office Directory **

1910/Harry Albert Winn Weston/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Harry Weston/Licensed Victualler/46/Walthamstpow, Essex/Census
1911/Selina Weston/Wife/39/Reading, berkshire/Census
1911/Harry Weston/Son, Barman/16/London/Census
1911/Victor Marner/Barman/25/Wiversfield, Sussex/Census

In the 1911 census, Thomas Henry Bryant is noted as a billiard marker, whilst living at 273 Hackney road, with his parents. At the same time, Ada Florence Potier is listed as a Relative of the licensee, John Richard Cooper, of the Queens Arms at 288 Hackney road. He is one of the signatories at their marriage later that year.

In 1911, Thomas Henry Bryant is a chairmaker when he marries Ada Florence Potier at Shoreditch; both show their address as at 288 Hackney road, and both aged 25. she is a widow, and her father is Arthur Joseph Looseley, a furrier.

In April 1917, Thomas Henry Bryant enlists in the Army Service Corps, aged 30, a Licensed Victualler with address of 149 Great Cambridge street, Hackney road. Records show him on the Princess Henrietta from Folkestone to Boulogne on the 3rd May 1917 where he serves with the Canteen.

1913/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory

1914/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory *

1920/Thomas Henry Bryant/Licensed Victualler/../../Truman’s Brewery records, held at London Metropolitan Archive **

1921/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory **

In 1921 census at 149, Cambridge Street, Haggerston, Shoreditch, are
Thomas Henry Bryant, Licensed Victualler, aged 35 years 6 months, and born in Shoreditch, London, the Employer
Ada Florence Bryant, Wife, Manageress, aged 35 years 11 months, and born in New Cross, London
Doris Bryant, Daughter, aged 9 years 4 months, and born in Shoreditch, London
Evelyn Bryant, Daughter, aged 8 years 3 months, and born in Shoreditch, London
Thomas Arthur Bryant, Son, aged 7 years 4 months, and born in Shoreditch, London
Stanley Fulentive Bryant, Son, aged 1 year 4 months, and born in Shoreditch, London
Matilda Lills, Barmaid, aged 31 years 5 months, and born in Hackney, London
Florence Beatrice Clark, Nursemaid, aged 16 years 7 months, and born in Shoreditch, London

1934/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Kelly's

1938/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Kelly's

1939/Thomas H Bryant/Licensed Victualler/Born 15 Dec 1885//Electoral Register
1939/Ada F Bryant/Household duties/Born 28 July 1885//Electoral Register
1939/Henry J Bryant/Aircraft Instruments Assembler/Born 22 May 1922//Electoral Register
1939/Thomas A Bryant/Disabled/Born 20 April 1914//Electoral Register
1939/Stanley V Bryant/Tool Maker/Born 14 Feb 1920//Electoral Register
1939/Leonard G Bristow/Transport Contractor/Born 20 July 1907//Electoral Register
1939/Evelyn Bristow/Household duties/Born 26 March 1913//Electoral Register

1942/Thomas Henry Bryant/../../../Post Office Directory *

1944/Joseph James Ewin/../../../Post Office Directory *

1983/../Acorn, 149 Queensbridge road E2 : Truman Hanbury/../../Pub Directory

1988/Mr D Perera/../../../Watney Truman Trader List ***

1991/../Acorn, 149 Queensbridge road E2 : Bellhaven/../../Pub Directory

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+ Provided by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By Alex Wilkinson

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