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Grapes, 2 South Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire

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This pub was present in 1850, initially as the Cherry Tree, and was rebuilt in 1934. It closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1967. ***

Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Hertfordshire . The Hertfordshire listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Residents at this address

1881/Robert B Quelch/Licensed Victualler/34/Bekshire Hall Kelloe, Durham/Census **
1881/Sarah E Wildblood/Servant, Housekeeper/21/Wellington, Shropshire/Census
1881/Frances Curtis/Servant, General Servant/20/Bishops Stortford, Herts/Census

1882/John Franklin/../../../Post Office Directory

1890/Mrs Elizabeth Read/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Elizabeth A Read/Inn Keeper, Widow/33/Islington, London/Census
1891/Oliver Reed/Son/5/Hammersmith, London/Census
1891/H=Jas M E Read/Daughter/2/Shephers Bush, London/Census
1891/Mary A Read/Mother in Law, Widow/68/Willingham, Cambs/Census
1891/Beatrice Jeeves/General Servant/17/Felstead, Essex/Census

1895/Arthur James Green/../../../Post Office Directory

George Chapman, aka Severin Antoniovich Klosowski

George Chapman, aka Severin Antoniovich Klosowski

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

1898/George Chapman/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey***

1899/George Chapman/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey ***

Landlord George Chapman’s real name was Severin Antoniovich Klosowski. In 1903 he was hanged at Wandsworth Prison for poisoning three ‘wives’, including Bessie Taylor – his ‘wife’ when at the Grapes. He was also a serious Jack the Ripper suspect who had been questioned over those murders at the time. (If you read through the case papers at the link above, you will see that he also managed a couple of London pubs in his time).
I have a picture of Klosowski that seems to be in the public domain ***

Here is a summary of 'Severin Antoniovich Klosowski' and his antics : *

Severin Lososowski was working as a hairdresser's assistant near the White Hart, Whitechapel High Street in Jack the Ripper territory throughout 1888. As a Polish immigrant, he "married" Lucy Baderski whom he met in a Polish club in Clerkenwell. It was embarrassing when another woman arrived from Poland claiming to be Mrs Klosowski. This awkward mess was settled in favour of Lucy and in 1891 the couple emigrated to America. A year later Klosowski returned alone leaving Lucy in America. He took up with a woman named Annie Chapman, lived with her for about a year, adopted her surname claiming to be an American named George Chapman. In 1895 he settled to living with Mary the estranged wife of railwayman, Shadrack Spinks. They claimed to be married, which if true, would have been bigamy for both; they moved to Hastings where Chapman set up as a barber and Mary played the piano while he shaved customers. This scheme was popular at first, but Mary's drunkeness caused it to fail. They moved back to London where Chapman who had purchased some tartar emetic, then became a publican. He took the licence of the Prince of Wales in Bartholomew Square, off Old Street. Here Mrs Chapman fell sick and died at the end of 1895. In 1898 Chapman "married" Bessie Taylor, they spent a year managing the Grapes in Bishop's Stortford, and then in 1900 took the Monument, Union Street Borough. Widowed once again when Bessie died in February 1901, with his lease about to fall in, Chapman suffered a handy fire. The insurance company believed it to be arson and did not pay up. Chapman then took the licence of the Crown, at 213 Borough High Street. He advertised for a new barmaid and took on Maud Marsh. Her family were less sure about her live in post, despite Chapman's untrue assurance another family lodged in the building. Maud's mother was horrified when Maud wrote asking for advice now that Mr Chapman proposed paying her £35 (about a years wages) and sending her home if she wouldn't let him have his wicked way with her. Mrs Marsh was not reassured when a second letter arrived saying Maud regretted the first letter, she was now engaged to Mr Chapman and very happy. Finally Maud reported herself married in such a hurry there had been no time for a family wedding. The young girl's hastiness proved fatal within a year. This time the doctor was suspicious, with this being the second Mrs Chapman he had treated for similar symptoms in the space of twenty months. All three Mrs Chapmans were exhumed and their bodies found to be in excellent state of preservation, characteristic of antimony poisoning. Chapman was caught' *

1901/William H Adams/Licensed Victualler/48/Folkestone, Kent/Census **
1901/Jessie A Adams/Wife/42/Liverpool, Lancs/Census
1901/Ellen S Adams/Niece/20/Folkestone, Kent/Census
1901/William Carpenter/Lodger, None/50/Bristol, Somerset/Census
1901/Peter S Gardiner/Lodger, Commission Agent/62/Huntingdon, Hunts/Census

1902/William Henry Adams/../../../Herts Kellys Directory ***

1908/William Henry Lewington/../../../Kellys Directory **

1912/William Henry Lewington/../../../Post Office Directory

1914/William Henry Lewington/../../../Herts Kellys Directory ***

1922/William Henry Lewington/../../../Post Office Directory

1926/William Henry Lewington/../../../Post Office Directory

1929/William Henry Lewington/../../../Post Office Directory

1933/Reginald Horace Mote/../../../Post Office Directory

1937/Albert Harold Gains/../../../Post Office Directory

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** Provided By Colin Ager

*** Provided By Stephen Harris

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