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Hop Pole, 14 William Street / 14 Gambia Street, SE1

Hop Pole, 14 William Street assigned 14 Gambia Street on the 29th June 1892 **
Closed in 1999 and since in restaurant use. *+

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Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street SE1 - circa 1922, landlord H Thomas

Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street SE1 - circa 1922, landlord H Thomas

Kindly provided by Chris Briggs, grandson of Henry Charles Thomas

Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street SE1

Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street SE1

Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street, SE1 - in 1972

Hop Pole, 14 Gambia Street, SE1 - in 1972

Both kindly provided by Colleen

Residents at this address

1791/Benjamin Williams/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

4 July 1801/“James Dickie, formerly of Abchurch-Lane, Lombard-Street, but late of the Hop Pole, William-Street, in the Parish of Christchurch, in the County of Surrey, Victualler. “/London Gazette ***

1802/John Oliver/Victualler & carpenter/../../Sun Fire Office Records ***

1805/John Oliver, Hop Poles, William street, Blackfriars road/../../Holdens Directory

1808/John Oliver/../../../Will ***

The London & County Directory for 1811 has Jane Oliver listed at the Hop Pole. Jane was John Oliver’s widow (he died in January 1811) and she married William Folder in November 1812. They ran the Hop Pole until around 1816 when they moved to the Crown in Spa Road, Bermondsey.  ***

1813/William Folder/../../../Sun Fire Office Records ***

1815/William Folder/../../../Sun Fire Office Records ***

1817/William Killick/../../../Sun Fire Office Records ***

1822/George Newman/Hop Pole, William street/../../Petty Sessions

1825/George Newman/Hop Pole, William street/../../Petty Sessions

1826/George Newman/Hop Pole, William street/../../Petty Sessions

1839/William Packer/../../../Pigots Directory

1848/Thomas Sadler/../../../Post Office Directory

1850/Charles David Furber/../../../licence transfer reported in The Era ***

1851/Thomas Sadler/../../../Post Office Directory

November 1850/Thomas Sadler/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

November 1850/Charles David Furber/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

1851/Charles D Furber/Licensed Victualler/30/Brentford, Middlesex/Census
1851/Maria A Furber/Wife/28/Westminster, Middlesex/Census
1851/Isabela Cochrane/Barmaid/22/Woolwich, Kent/Census
1851/Margaret Hurley/General Servant/18/Baintree, Ireland/Census

June 1852/Charles David Furber/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

June 1852/James Brewster/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

1852/James Brewster/../../../licence transfer reported in The Era ***

September 1855/James Brewster/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

September 1855/John Reed/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

1856/John Reed/../../../Post Office Directory

1859/Milnes Morton/../../../ 1859 PO Directory ***

1862/Milnes Morton/../../../Railway compensation case re rebuilding costs and losses ***

1863/Maria Morton/../../../Old Bailey Online – witness in forgery case ***

March 1863/Milnes Morton/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

March 1863/Maria Morton/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

April 1865/Walter Harrington/Outgoing Licensee/../../South London Chronicle

April 1865/George Perkins/Incoming Licensee/../../South London Chronicle

1869/Joseph Steel/../../../Post Office Directory *

July 1870/Joseph Steer/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

July 1870/William Turner/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

July 1872/Richard Arkwright/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

July 1872/Joseph Barber/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

September 1878/Frederick Thomas/Outgoing Licensee/../../South London Chronicle

September 1878/Dennis Hobbs/Incoming Licensee/../../South London Chronicle

1881/John C Barker/Publican/38/Romsey, Hampshire/Census
1881/Julia Barker/Wife/33/Amersham, Buckingham/Census
1881/John W Barker/Son/7/Walworth, Surrey/Census
1881/Arthur C Barker/Son/5/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1881/Annie E Barker/Daughter/3/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1881/Frederick J Barker/Son/9 months/Southwark, Surrey/Census

1882/John Baker/../../../Post Office Directory

1883/John Cole Baker/../../../Assignment of lease per A2A ***

1883/Hannah Eliza Jeans/../../../Assignment of lease per A2A ***

1884/John Baker/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Alfred James Fossett/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Alfred James Fossett/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Neil Hammond/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1910/Alfred Powell/../../../Post Office Directory ***

My mother was born here on the 19th January 1922 when the licensee was her father Henry Charles Thomas. His name is in letters on the building and that's him standing in the right hand doorway wearing the hat, in about 1920.

My mother's older sister was also born there on 1st May 1919; so H.C. Thomas would have been licensee there at that point as well. The Hop Pole is shown as place of birth on both their birth certificates. The next (younger) sister was born in 1925 but her place of birth is shown as in Sussex, so the family must have moved on from the Hop Pole by that point

Henry Charles Thomas was the younger brother of Richard William Thomas who is lsited as the Licensee in 1914/1915. I come from 5 generations of licensees in the London area.

1914/Richard William Thomas/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1915/Richard William Thomas/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1934/Horace Albert Ward/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1938/George Frederick Sims/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1944/George Frederick Sims/../../../Post Office Directory ***

This Tapas bar is now in the building at 14 Gambia Street which was the Hop Pole – appears to have been a rebuild in the 1850’s when the railway was cut through that area. ***


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** Provided by Bill Rigby

*** Provided by Shaun Jones

Provided by Chris Briggs

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