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Trevor Arms, 231 & 233 Knightsbridge, St Margaret, Westminster

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Opened in 1844 as a beer-house, this house stood on the corner of Knightsbridge High Road and Charles Street. It became a pub in 1847, and a music-hall was erected behind it in the 1850s. The address changed to 231 & 233 Knightsbridge in 1908. The pub survived until the late 1950s, when it was pulled down to build an office block, Mercury House, itself replaced by a high-class apartment building called “The Knightsbridge” in 2002.
[Note on dates: 1) According to The Survey of London Vol. 45, the Music Hall behind the Trevor Arms was first licensed in 1854. However, there is a report in The Standard of Oct 12th 1857 about the prosecution of a builder for obstructing the highway; the builder stated he was “building a large concert hall to the Trevor Arms”, so perhaps the 1854 license was simply a music and dancing license for the pub. 2) According to the same Survey of London, Mercury House was built in 1956-9, so presumably the pub was demolished by or soon after soon after 1956, while a book called “The London Season” by Louis T Stanley, published in 1956, speaks glowingly of the pub as a going concern.] ***

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16th Mar 1847/New license granted to Benjamin Wigley/../../../ The Era ***

29th Sep 1847/Benjamin Wigley of the Trevor Arms and Mr Lee, manager of the Trevor Arms, involved in a case of illegal dealing in spirits reported in The Era ***

6th Feb 1849/License transfer from Benjamin Wigley to James Laws/../../../ The Era ***

12th Aug 1849/License transfer from James Law to John Woods Cave/../../../ The Era ***

1851/John W Cave/../../../Kellys Directory

4th Feb 1851/License transfer from John Woods Cave to Emma Lucy Street/../../../ The Era ***

John Woods Cave is at the Princess of Wales, 23 Queens Road, Marylebone by the 1851 census

1851/Jas Robt Street/Publican/28/Chelmsford Essex/Census ***
1851/Emma L Street/Sister/29/Chelmsford Essex/Census
1851/Roger Street/Brother and assistant/19/Chelmsford Essex/Census
1851/George Sanson/Brother-in-law/44/Colchester Essex/Census
1851/Ann Sanson/Sister-in-law/40/Chelmsford Essex/Census
1851/Elizabeth Hatherton/Barmaid/27/London/Census
1851/Ann Hagarth/Barmaid/21/London/Census
1851/Diana Arman/Barmaid/18/Kondon/Census
1851/Mary Parttins/Cook/40/London/Census
1851/Mary A Linch/Housemaid/32/London/Census
1851/Eliza Ann Wilts/Kitchen Maid/23/London/Census
1851/Fanny Parris/Visitor/14/Easton Essex/Census
1851/William Taty/Servant/20/London/Census
1851/William Bedford/Potman/27/London/Census
1851/Will James/Potman/17/London/Census

15th May 1852/ J.L.Street, of the Trevor Arms, fined for giving short measure, as reported in The Star of Freedom (Leeds) ***

16th Aug 1853/License transfer from Henry Duke and Emma Lucy Duke (wife) to James Robert Street/../../../ The Era ***

1856/James R Street/../../../Post Office Directory

13th Jul 1856/Mr Street, who keeps the Prince’s Head, Buckingham Street, Strand, was looking after The Trevor Arms for his brother, its proprietor, during his absence from town, when he was assaulted by a customer he was trying to eject, according to The Era.

30th Oct 1858/James Robert Stewart/proprietor/../../ The Daily News (two soldiers accused of assaulting him) [I suspect the name is a mis-hearing of James Robert Street]

1861/James Robt Street/Licensed Victualler/36/Chelmsford Essex/Census ***
1861/Fanny Street/Sister/31/Chelmsford Essex/Census
1861/Marian Street/Sister/31/Chelmsford Essex/Census
1861/Maryann Tully/Bar Maid/28/Lemington Warwickshire/Census
1861/Maryanne Heaps/Bar Maid/22/Cambridge/Census

11th Aug 1863/License transfer from James Charles Kirkham to Henry Edward Street/../../../ The Era ***

7th Oct 1864/Henry Edward Street, of the Trevor Arms, Knightsbridge granted a license for music and dancing, according to The Morning Post ***

1869/Henry Street/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Henry Street/Licensed Victualler/43/Chelmsford, Essex/Census
1871/Fanny M Street/Sister/41/Chelmsford, Essex/Census
1871/Marian Street/Sister/39/Chelmsford, Essex/Census
1871/Mary Duke/Barmaid/21/Freshwater, Isle of Wight/Census
1871/Margaret Pender/General Servant/30/Saxmundham, Suffolk/Census

1881/Willm Hummerston/Licensed Victualler, Widow/49/Epping/Census
1881/Chas Hummerston/Son, Assistant/21/Southwark/Census
1881/Clara Hummerston/Daughter/16/S Lambeth/Census
1881/Lilley Hummerston/Daughter/14/Kentish Town/Census
1881/Hannah Potter/Housekeeper/38/Greenwich/Census
1881/Emma Green/General Servant/40/Hackney/Census
1881/Albert Browning/Barman/28/Christchurch/Census
1881/Minnie Williams/Barmaid/23/Clapham/Census
1881/Rose Faubuere/Barmaid/22/York/Census

6th Jan 1882/Mr Hammerston/Landlord/../../ The Morning Post (cited in case of man accused of uttering bad money) ***

1891/Elizabeth Lovesay/Manageress/34/Woolwich/Census ***
1891/Mary E Lovesay/Daughter/13/Lambeth/Census
1891/Lizzie Lovesay/Daughter/11/Lambeth/Census
1891/Annie L Page/Barmaid/24/Soho London/Census
1891/Nellie Prior/Barmaid/20/London/Census
1891/Lavinia Steptoe/Domestic/25/Oxford/Census
[The establishment at 4&5 Trevor Terrace is described as a Music Hall, not a pub]

1899/Charles Hutchinson/../../../ Post Office Directory ***

1901/Herbert Cooper/Public House Manager/28/Southfleet Kent/Census ***
1901/Thomas Elliston/Bar Assistant/18/Chiswick London/Census
1901/Albert Birch/Bar Assistant/18/Marylebone London/Census
1901/Annie Jennings/Bar Assistant/27/Oxford/Census
1901/Emma Adams/Cook/30/Plymouth/Census
1901/Alec Campbell/Bar Assistant/26/Scotland/Census
1901/Ellen Langley/Bar Assistant/25/Camberwell London/Census

1910/Henry William Dyne/../../../ Post Office Directory ***

1911/Frank Laurie/Manager Victualler/48/Berks/Census ***
1911/Arthur Flatch/Barman/38/Essex/Census
1911/Nellie Edward/Barmaid/25/Warwick/Census
1911/Florence Wyder/Barmaid/28/Berks/Census
1911/Jubel Smith/Cook/28/London/Census
1911/Charlie Mitchell/Potman/26/London/Census
1911/James Ashton/Billiard Marker/26/London/Census

1921/Arthur E Long/../../../ Post Office Directory ***

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