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George Tavern, 373 Commercial road E1

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John Rocques map of 1746 clearly shows Halfway House noted, in Commercial road, and at the correct position. In 1809, named the George, and known by the name of the Half Way house, Commercial road. At George Terrace, Commercial Road east in 1869 & earlier; This pub was established in 1654, and largely re-built in its present form in 1891.  **

Spitalfields Life has a rather excellent article on the George

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St George In East, London - in East London.

George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road - in July 2006

George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road - in July 2006

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24 February 1786/ Simon Jackson, St Georges, Middlesex, Victualler, Widower and Mary Newman, widow/Marriage Bonds

1786-1789/An entry for Hang Mans Acre, a rent of 40 pounds to proprietor Samuel Hawkins by Simon Jackson/../../London Tax Records

17 March 1789/Insured: Symon Jackson, the Halfway House, Hangmans Acre, Stepney, victualler/Access to Archives - LMA

By 1790, there is a Simon Jackson, victualler at the Fountain, Virginia row, Bethnal green/Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0, 10 December 2019), May 1790, trial of WILLIAM JENKINSON WILLIAM READ HENRY WHITE (t17900526-7).

Charles Cliffe is earlier at the Carved Red Lion, Islington in 1798

6 October 1794/Charles Cliff of St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex and Lucy Ellis, spinster/Marriage Bonds

1802 - 1820/An entry for Hang Mans Acre or Halfway House, a rent of 40 pounds to proprietor Samuel Hawkins by Charles Cliffe/../../London Tax Records

13 January 1808/John Maynard was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 3d of December , four shirts, value 16 s. and two shifts, value 2 s. the property of Charles Cliff .
Lucy  Cliff. I am the wife of Charles Cliff , he keeps the Half Way House on the Commercial-road . On the 30th of September, I had a quantity of shirts hanging out on the ground opposite of the house; I saw them in the ground at four o'clock from my window; about a quarter past four the prisoner was brought into my house with a bag of linen; I examined the bag, it contained four shirts of Mr. Cliff's, one shirt of mine, and one a young lady's that I had to assist me. I know the things.
BENJAMIN STERN . I am a servant to Mr. Cliff; I saw a man go into the ground where the fence is broken down; he went to the linen and unpinned the things./Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0, 10 December 2019), January 1808, trial of JOHN MAYNARD (t18080113-52).

1809/Robert Williams was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 6th of January , four quart pewter pots, value 4 s. and three pint pewter pots, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of Charles Cliffe .
Charles Cliffe - I am a publican , I keep the George, known by the name of the Half Way house, Commercial road . On the 6th of January the officers brought the prisoner into my house with seven pots with my name on them. / Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0, 10 December 2019), January 1809, trial of ROBERT WILLIAMS (t18090111-49).

24 September 1814/A Marriage Bond of Charles Cliffe, of St George, Middlesex, a widower to Harriett Parker of the parish of Wanstead, Essex, aged twenty one years and upwards.

1825/Mr. Cliff, George, Commercial road/../../Licensed Victuallers Association

11 August 1825/Insured: Charles Cliffe The George Commercial Road brewer victualler and livery stable keeper/Access to Archives

29 October 1828/Will of Charles Cliffe, Victualler of Saint George in the East , Middlesex/Access to Archives

The Will of Charles Cliffe mentions his son Charles Garrard Cliffe, a sail maker; his wife Harriot Cliffe, to whom he leaves a leasehold in a tavern or public house known as the George or Halfway House with the Brewhouse, Stables and Outhouses being and fronting in Commercial road.
He also mentions Edmund Harrison Cliffe and Henry Frederick Cliffe by his former wife.

1829/Charles Cliffe, George, Commercial road east/../../Pigots Directory

1832/Henry Cliffe, George, Commercial road, Whitechapel/../../Robsons Directory

1833-34/Henry Cliffe, George, George terrace, Commercial road/../../Pigots Directory

1836/George Fagg, George, Commercial road east/../../Pigots Directory

1839/Robert Samuel Williams, George, 1 George terrace, Commercial road east/../../Pigots Directory

1851/Robert S Williams/../../../Kellys Directory

1851/Robert S Williams/Licensed Victualler/42/Holborn, Middlesex/Census
1851/Lavinia Williams/Wife/43/Whitechapel, Middlesex/Census
1851/Laura R Williams/Daughter/17/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1851/Edward Williams/Son/14/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1851/Robert S Williams/Son/12/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1851/Charles A Williams/Son/3/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1851/John S Ransom/Lodger, Mariner/22/Holt, Norfolk/Census
1851/Alexander McDonald/Barman/26/Barham, Scotland/Census
1851/James Phillips/Waiter/35/Childrick, Essex/Census
1851/Frederick Good/Porter/27/Bures, Suffolk/Census
1851/Susan Wheeler/Servant/23/St Georges, Middlesex/Census
1851/Fanny Tennant/Servant/26/St Saviours, Middlesex/Census
1851/Jane M Berry/Servant/27/Stepney/Census
1851/Mary Ann Davis/Servant/18/Mile End Old Town/Census
1851/William Munday/Lodger, Grocer/25/Offington, Bedfordshire/Census

1856/R S Williams/../../../Post Office Directory

July 1862/Robert Samuel Williams/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer

July 1862/Henry Puzey/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer

1865/Mr H Puzey, George Tavern, George terrace, Commercial road East /../../Licensed Victuallers Association

4th July 1868/Henry Puzey/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

4th July 1868/Thomas Puzey/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1869/T Puzey/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Thomas Puzey/Licensed Victualler/27/Lisson Grove, Middlesex/Census
1871/Julia M A Puzey/Wife/26/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1871/Julia Puzey//2/St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1871/Thomas Puzey/Son//St Georges East, Middlesex/Census
1871/Charlotte Walby/Cook/26/York, Yorkshire/Census
1871/Sarah Baker/Housemaid/18/Deptford, Kent/Census
1871/Emily Phillips/Nursemaid/18/Woodstock, Oxford/Census
1871/George E Everleigh/Barman/25/Hornton, Devon/Census
1871/Archibald J Kater/Barman/24/Clapham, Surrey/Census
1871/Alexander Pomeroy/Barman/20/Kentish Town, Middlesex/Census
1871/Alfred F Puzey/Brother, Barman/20/Bow, Middlesex/Census

1877/Thomas Puzey/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/Frederick Russell/Licensed Victualler Manager/32/Ashford, Kent/Census
1881/Henry C Hunt/Barman/26/Box, Wiltshire/Census
1881/Walter Peck/Barman/26/Bromley, Kent/Census
1881/Philip E Potter/Barman/20/Ixworth, Suffolk/Census
1881/John T Kemp/Barman/16/Haggarston, Middlesex/Census
1881/Edwin Beaumont/Barman/16/Maidstone, Kent/Census
1881/Mary C Watts/Domestic Servant Cook/28/Cookham, Berkshire/Census
1881/Alice Street/Domestic Servant Housemaid/23/Thorpe Susakin, Essex/Census

1891/Poole & Venner/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Poole & Venner/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/George William Mann/../../../Post Office Directory **

1901/George W Mann/Licensed Victualler/39/Hadleigh, Suffolk/Census
1901/Annie L Mann/Wife/43/Heddington, Essex/Census
1901/Geo W Mann/Son/16/London/Census
1901/Annie L Mann/Daughter/14/London/Census
1901/Elizabeth Hawkins/Domestic Servant/26/London/Census
1901/Katherine S Potter/Domestic Servant/24/London/Census
1901/Nelson W Middleditch/Barman/29/Clifton, Bristol/Census
1901/Frederick Buck/Barman/23/Saffron Walden, Essex/Census
1901/Ebenezer Flowers/Barman/23/Ipswich, Suffolk/Census
1901/Archibald Jesops/Barman/21/London/Census
1901/Thomas Howell/Barman/21/London/Census
1901/Henry Rhodes/Barman/21/Kingston Langley, Wiltshire/Census
1901/Richard English/Barman/21/Bow, London/Census

1903/George William Mann/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/George Henry Hardy/../../../Post Office Directory **

1923/George I Isaacs/../../../Post Office Directory **

1938/Hy Webb/../../../Post Office Directory **

1944/William Haigh Noble/../../../Post Office Directory **

1948/William Austin Balls/../../../Post Office Directory **

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