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Six Bells, St Michaels, St Albans, Hertfordshire

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Six Bells, St Michaels, St Albans, Hertfordshire - circa 1920 - 1925

Six Bells, St Michaels, St Albans, Hertfordshire - circa 1920 - 1925

In the photo is Edith Linney (the wife of Walter Andrew Linney), their two children (Hilda May Linney and Cyril Walter Linney), and the family dog.

Kindly provided by Philip Ward

Six Bells, 16-18 St Michaels Street, St Albans - in June 2008

Six Bells, 16-18 St Michaels Street, St Albans - in June 2008

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address

1861/Thomas Deacon/Publican/69/Watford, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Ann Deacon/Wife/68/Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Mary A Deacon/Daughter, Hat Sewer/41/Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Sarah Deacon/Daughter, Hat Sewer/33/Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Naomi Deacon/Grand Daughter, Hat Sewer/17/Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Mehala Norwood/Grand Daughter, Hat Maker/14/St Albans, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/William Butler/Lodger, Tailor/48/St Pancras, Middlesex/Census
1861/Robert Brown/Lodger, Ag Labourer/54/Hertfordshire/Census
1861/James Roe/Lodger, Ag Labourer/39/St Albans, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Jesse Dudley/Lodger, Ag Labourer/18/St Albans, Hertfordshire/Census

1866/Thomas Hosier/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Thomas Hosier/Blocker & Publican/47/Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire/Census
1871/Amelia Hosier/Wife/45/Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire/Census
1871/Sarah Hosier/Daughter, Dressmaker/20/St Michaels, Hertfordshire/Census
1871/Thomas Hosier/Son, Clerk in Clearing House/16/St Michaels, Hertfordshire/Census
1871/Annie Hosier/Daughter/13/St Michaels, Hertfordshire/Census

1881/Thomas Hosier/Licensed Victualler/59/Abbots Langley, Hertford/Census
1881/Amelia Hosier/Wife/56/Great Gaddesden, Hertford/Census
1881/Sarah Hosier/Daughter, Dressmaker/28/St Albans, Hertford/Census
1881/Annie Hosier/Daughter, Dressmaker/23/St Michaels, Hertford/Census

1882/Thomas Hosier/../../../Post Office Directory

1886/Thomas Hosier/../../../Post Office Directory

1890/Edward Parkins/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Edward Parkins/Licensed Victualler/46/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Emma Parkins/Wife/50/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Alfred J Parkins/Son, Plumbers Labourer/18/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Florence H Parkins/Daughter/16/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Robert E Parkins/Son/13/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Sarah E Parkins/Son/11/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Arthur W Parkins/Daughter/9/St Albans, Herts/Census
1891/Ernest Parkins/Daughter/7/St Albans, Herts/Census

1901/William Stanley/Publican/38/Lambeth/Census
1901/Lucy Stanley/Wife/28/Wandsworth/Census
1901/Beatrice Copplestone/Domestic Servant/18/Luton, Beds/Census

1902/James Wm Spencer/../../../Kellys Directory

1908/Mrs Elizh Brackley/../../../Kellys Directory

1912/Mrs Elizh Brackley/../../../Post Office Directory

1922/Arthur Titmus/../../../Post Office Directory

My great-grandfather,Walter Andrew Linney, is listed as one of the previous publicans of the Six Bells in St. Albans.
The photo above, circa 1920 - 1925 shows Edith Linney (the wife of Walter Andrew Linney), their two children (Hilda May Linney and Cyril Walter Linney), and the family dog.
I believe Walter came to be publican after the previous publican, Arthur Titmus, moved to London and put in a good word for him with the owner / brewery. Arthur and Walter were related by marriage; Arthur was married to Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Titmus (nee Peters), the sister of Edith Linney (nee Peters). In fact, the rest of the Peters family, originally from Luton, lived around the corner from the pub in Blacksmiths Lane.
There is a family tradition that Walter's tenure at the pub ended on or around D-Day 1944, as the van they were expecting to help them with the move was requisitioned by the army at the last minute.
Walter and Edith are both buried at Holy Trinity Frogmore (outside St. Albans). Members of the family still live around the city.  *

1926/Walter Andrew Lilley/../../../Post Office Directory

1929/Walter A Linney/../../../Post Office Directory

1933/Walter A Linney/../../../Post Office Directory

1937/Walter A Linney/../../../Post Office Directory


* Provided By Philip Ward

** Provided By Stephen Harris

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