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Canterbury Bell, Queen Street, Sandhurst - in 1945

Canterbury Bell, Queen Street, Sandhurst - in 1945

Kindly provided by Michael Wheeler

Residents at this address

1858/Mrs Vigor/Beer Retailer/../../Melvilles Directory

1881/John Wm Williss/Retailer of Beer/41/St Clemance, Sussex/Census
1881/Mary Williss/Wife/40/St Clemance, Sussex/Census
1881/Thomas Tapp/Nephew/10/St Clemance, Sussex/Census

1903/Mrs Annie Louisa Holditch/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1913/Mrs Annie Louisa Holdich/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1918/Mrs Annie Louisa Holdich/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1922/Mrs Annie Louisa Holdich/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1930/Mrs Annie Louisa Holdich/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1938/Fredk J Fairhall/../../../Post Office Directory

My grandfather, Percy Wheeler was at the Lion, Milton Regis in 1943, and then ran the Canterbury Bell from 1945 until it's closure in 1957; when it was demolished and a new pub - The New Swan - was built on the site. At the time it closed, takings were about £10 a day - although takings did rise to £100 per day in the hop picking season. It was a simple beer house and never sold spirits.  ***

1945 - 1957/Percy Wheeler/../../../.. ***

After my grandfather left the Canterbury Bell in 1957 he was promised a place for him and his wife in the Licensed Victuallers Retirement home in Asylum Road, Peckham. Whilst waiting for a place to become available he was allocated The Victory in Gads Hill, Gillingham. I went there once as a boy and it was sad and empty place !!!
He was there just 12 months until moving to Peckham and then on to the LVA houses in Denham where he died.  ***

*** Provided By Michael Wheeler

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