Chequers, 16 Duke Street, Westminster SW1

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Chequers Tavern, 16 Duke Street, SW1 - in March 2007

Chequers Tavern, 16 Duke Street, SW1 - in March 2007

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address.

1833-34/Alexander Bettie, Chequers, 16 Duke Street, Piccadilly/../../Pigots Directory

1839/Jno Bason/../../../Pigot's Directory

1841/John Bawn/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/John Bawn/../../../Post Office Directory

1856/John Bawn/../../../Post Office Directory

April 1857/John Bawn/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

April 1857/George Chandler/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

1869/Mrs A Chandler/../../../Post Office Directory

July 1869/Amelia Ann Lupson (late Chandler)/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

July 1869/Frederick Brooks Lupson, her husband/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

1881/Alfred Ware/Licensed Victualler/45/Chichester East Lavant/Census
1881/Maria Ware/Wife/39/Kings Lynn Roydon/Census
1881/infant Ware/Son/1 week/St James Westminster/Census
1881/Jane Wingrove/Cook/17/Wandsworth/Census
1881/George Edwards/Servant/26/Weedon, Northampton/Census
1881/Rose Ford/Servant/18/../Census
1881/Sarah Copping/Nurse/60/Howland Street, Middlesex/Census

1882/Alfred Ware/../../../Post Office Directory

1884/George Tester/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Fredk Wm Pyne/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Miss Mary Ann Elizabeth Young/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Mrs. Mary Ann Elizabeth Neal/../../../Post Office Directory

1910/Miss Clara Poole/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/Fredk Willis Philpot/../../../Post Office Directory

1921/Fredk John Norris/../../../Post Office Directory

1926 - 1934/H L Hood/../../../BT Phonebooks **

In 1933, An English Foreign Office clerk called Ernest Oldham drank in there pretty much all day every day through the summer of 1933. He was spying for the Soviet Union, and close to breakdown due to the pressure he was under from his agent handler. The pub is just across St James's park from his old office at King Charles St, from where he was stealing documents.
He was under surveillance through August and September, including many times at the Chequers. In one report the Special Branch detective notes that his acquaintances were "certain female servants from adjoining flats, an artist named Shenaton, whom I have never seen other than in a state of helpless intoxication, and various antique dealers in the Street who use the house." Hood the landlord warned him to stay off the spirits, as it would kill him. But, in the end, he took his own life in September, with his head in a gas oven. **

1934/Mrs Jessie Hood/../../../Kellys Directory

1938/Mrs Jessie Hood/../../../Post Office Directory

1939 - 1940/J Hood/../../../BT Phonebooks **

1944/Mrs Gertrude Daisy Moore/../../../Post Office Directory

** Provided By Edward Kershaw

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