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Queens Head Inn, 105 Borough High Street, Southwark St Saviour, London

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The Queen's Head is on the site of a house called the Crowned or Cross Keys, which belonged to the Poynings family. In 1529 it was used as an armoury, or store place for the King's "harness."
R.—SOUTHWARKE . GROCER = W. P.
In 1558 it still retained its old sign, for Richard Westray, ale brewer, bequeaths to his wife Joane his messuage on this site, "called the Cross Keyes with the brewhouse garden and stable as it is now newly builded by his son Thomas."
R.—SOUTHWARKE . GROCER = W. P.
In 1634 the house had become the Queen's Head, and the owner was John Harvard, of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, who afterwards migrated to America and gave his name to Harvard University, Massachusetts.
R.—SOUTHWARKE . GROCER = W. P.
About this time it was frequented by carriers, as we learn from John Taylor, "the water-poet." The Queen's Head seems to have escaped the fire of 1676, perhaps owing to the fact that, by way of precaution, a tenement was blown up at the gateway.
R.—SOUTHWARKE . GROCER = W. P.
The main building was pulled down towards the end of 1895. It was then found to be of half timbered construction, dating possibly from the time of Richard Westray. A carved oak mantelpiece in a room on the first floor appeared to be of the early seventeenth century. The galleried portion of the inn, also of considerable age, which had been partly let out in tenements, though much dilapidated, was still standing in June, 1900, but it was all cleared away before the end of the year. A goods yard for the Great Central Railway was then made, but at the time of writing this, though still in use, was to let. The inner yard was then being built over for the purposes of Guy's Hospital.

The Morgans map of 1682 cofirms the existence of the Queens Head Inne at that time. This old coaching inn is long gone, but the site is marked by a road-sign. The earlier address was at 84 Borough High street, or just Talbot Yard in 1861 census. **

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Southwark St Saviour, Surrey, London.

Borough High Street in the Morgans map of 1682. On east side are 113 Kings Head Inne, 112 White Hart Inne, 111 Three Crown court, George Inne, 110 Talbot Inne, 109 Queens head Inne, 108 Cock & hoop alley, 107 Windmill alley, 106 Christopher alley , 105 Spurr Inne. On west side  are 62 Malings yard, 63 Saints alley, 64 Great yard, 65 Fishmongerv alley, 66 Bell yard, 67 Windmill alley, 68 whitehorse Inne, 69 Greyhound Inne, 70 Maypole alley.

Borough High Street in the Morgans map of 1682. On east side are 113 Kings Head Inne, 112 White Hart Inne, 111 Three Crown court, George Inne, 110 Talbot Inne, 109 Queens head Inne, 108 Cock & hoop alley, 107 Windmill alley, 106 Christopher alley , 105 Spurr Inne. On west side are 62 Malings yard, 63 Saints alley, 64 Great yard, 65 Fishmongerv alley, 66 Bell yard, 67 Windmill alley, 68 whitehorse Inne, 69 Greyhound Inne, 70 Maypole alley.

Borough High Street in 1746. On east side are Kings Head Inn, White Hart Inn, Three Crown court, George Inn, Talbot Inn, Queens Head Inn, Windmill alley, Christopher alley, Spur Inn, Nags Head alley. On west side  are Boars Head Inn, Brewhouse, Fishmongers alley, Bell Yard, White Horse stables, Greyhound Inn, Red Lyon Inn, Maypole alley.

Borough High Street in 1746. On east side are Kings Head Inn, White Hart Inn, Three Crane court, George Inn, Talbot Inn, Queens Head Inn, Windmill alley, Christopher alley, Spur Inn, Nags Head alley. On west side are Boars Head Inn, Brewhouse, Fishmongers alley, Bell Yard, White Horse stables, Greyhound Inn, Red Lyon Inn, Maypole alley.

Queens Head Inn, Borough High Street - circa 1883

Queens Head Inn, Borough High Street - circa 1883

Queens Head Inn, Borough High Street

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Queens Head Yard, Borough High Street - in January 2007

Queens Head Yard, Borough High Street - in January 2007

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Residents at this address.

1805/William Cousins, Queens Head Inn, Borough High street/../../Holdens Directory

1807/Henry Wissenden/innholder/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1817/Eley Cordingly/ Inn holder/../../Johnstones London Directory

1822/Ely Corderingly/../../../Victuallers Recognizance

1823/Ely Corderingley/../../../Victuallers Recognizance

1825/John Hughes/../../../Victuallers Recognizance

1825/John Hughes/../../../Victuallers Recognizance

1825/Ely Cordingley/innholder/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1831/Ely Cordingley/book keeper/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1832/John Hughes, Queens Head Inn, Borough High street, Southwark/../../Robsons Directory

1841/Mrs Mary Hughes/../../../Post Office Directory *

1842/M Hughes/../../../Robsons Directory

1848/Robert Willsher/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/Robert Willsher/../../../Kellys Directory

1851/Robert Willshire/Licensed Victualler/37/Rolvenden, Kent/Census
1851/Sarah Willshire/Wife/35/Marden, Kent/Census
1851/Fanny M Willshire/Daughter/4/Cranbrook, Kent/Census
1851/Ann Taylor/Visitor/37/Cranbrook, Kent/Census
1851/Ann Passell/House Servant/27/Peterfield, Sussex/Census
1851/Harriett Goodwin/House Servant/19/Sutton, Kent/Census
1851/Caleb Hickmott/House Servant/26/Marden, Kent/Census
1851/Robert Mott/Visitor, Pensioner, Widow/69/Great Barton, Suffolk/Census
1851/George Ryland/Visitor, Carman/53/Hounslow, Middlesex/Census
1851/Rathbow Clark/Visitor/50/Bearsted, Kent/Census
1851/William Mills/Visitor, Porter for Union/47/Norwood, Surrey/Census
1851/John Mills/Visitor, Bricklayer/41/Norwood, Surrey/Census
1851/Ann Mills/Visitor/34/Norwood, Surrey/Census
1851/William Raynor/Visitor, Grocer/19/Maresfield, Kent/Census
1851/George Goslake/Visitor, Seedsman/47/Shupley, Surrey/Census
+ more visitors

1856/Robert Willsher/../../../Post Office Directory *

1861/Robert Willsher/Victualler/46/Rolvenden, Kent/Census
1861/Sarah Willsher/Wife/49/Marden, Kent/Census
1861/William Watson Willsher/Son/19/Cranbrook, Kent/Census
1861/Robert Hilder Willsher/Son/7/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1861/Rosabel Willsher/Daughter/2/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1861/Mary Ann Woolcombe/Sister, Housekeeper, Widow/49/Rolvenden, Kent/Census
1861/Sarah Willsher/Sister in Law, Barmaid/36/East Grinstead, Sussex/Census
1861/Robert Wood Willsher/Nephew/2/Cranbrook, Kent/Census
1861/Mary Ann Britain/Cook/37/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/Mary Bateman/Chambermaid/29/Killarney, Ireland/Census
1861/Robert Herman/Boots/25/Cork, Ireland/Census
1861/Hezekiah Parrott/Lodger, Upholsterer/60/Cranbrook, Kent/Census
1861/Richard Sullivan/Billiard Marker/23//Census
1861/John Morgan Neal/Under Boots/18/Southwark, Surrey/Census
1861/George Constable/Lodger/57/Shipley, sussex/Census
1861/Henry Hunt/Lodger, Traveller/29/Dymchurch, Kent/Census
1861/Charles Morris/Lodger, Porter/17/Sussex/Census
1861/George Deadman/Lodger, Grocer/20/Bridport, Dorset/Census

March 1867/Robert Willisher/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

March 1867/George Colbrook and Edward Johnson Winser, executors/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

1869/Mrs Sarah Willsher/../../../Post Office Directory *

February 1872/Elizabeth Colbrook and Edward Johnson Winser/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

February 1872/William Watson Willsher and Sarah Watson Willsher/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

Southwark Mercury 04 October 1879 - Transfer of Licences
St Saviour : Queens Head, High street, C Dickinson to Charles William Target

1881/Joseph Batcock/Publican/58/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Emma A Batcock/Wife/55/Cheshunt, Hertford/Census
1881/Annie J Batcock/Daughter, Assistant/18/Middlesex/Census
1881/Emma A Batcock/Daughter, Assistant/16/Hertford/Census
1881/John H Batcock/Son/13/Hertford/Census
1881/Frederick G Batcock/Son, Gas Engineer (E & M)/27/Middlesex/Census
1881/Annie Batcock/Daughter in Law/28/Bristol, Gloucester/Census
1881/Georgina Batcock/Grand Daughter/5 months/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Samuel Coles/Lodger, General Dealer/52/Boughton Monchelsea, Kent/Census
1881/James Rockcliff/Lodger, General Dealer/70/(B S), Italy/Census

1882/Joseph Batcock/../../../Post Office Directory


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