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Gun & Star, 51 Middlesex Street, Aldgate E1

Aldgate pub history index

Existed from at least 1808. Middlesex Street is also known as Petticoat Lane; and directories show that it is next to Harrow alley, and exists until at least 1879. (After street renumbering this would be at about 97 Middlesex Street if it still existed).

A useful blog about the early life of the Hales and Nightingale family is here

Residents at this address

The Gun and Star's first landlord (that I know of) was William Hales (my ancestor) who was certainly running it in 1792, as it's listed on his children's christening records from that year and daughter's birth record. *

Thomas Nightingale was his relative and took over the pub after William Hale's death in 1800. His death is recorded as September 26th 1800 at St George East, aged 46 years. *

On the first March 1808, Thomas Nightingale receives his Freedom of the City Admission, in the Company of Innholders, for the sum of forty six shillings and eight pence. Near the bottom of the certificate is written "Gun & Star, Petticoat lane".

1809/William Hale, Gun and Star, Petticoat lane, Whitechapel/../../Holdens Directory

1816/Thomas Nightingale, Petticoat lane, Portsoken/../../Land Tax Records

1822/Thomas Nightingale, Petticoat lane, Portsoken/../../Land Tax Records

1825/Mr Nightingale, Gun & Star, Petticoat lane/../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1827/Thomas Nightingale, Gun & Star, 50 Petticoat lane/../../Pigot's Directory

1830/Thomas Nightingale, Public House, Petticoat lane/../../Land Tax Records

1833-34/Thomas Nightingale, Gun & Star, 50 Petticoat lane/../../Pigot's Directory

[ By the 1841 census, Thomas Nightingale is aged 55, and an Independant (retired) living at Rose Villa, Mile end with his wife Isabella (55), and also Isabella Hales (15), Mary Hales (20), Isabella Hales (20) , Mary Iles (8) and two servants.

1837/Samuel Weingerdon / Victualler /../../../Sun Fire Office Records, held at Guildhall Library **

1836/Isaac Mendoza, Gun Tavern, 50 Petticoat lane/../../Pigots Directory

1839/Isaac Mendoza/../../../Pigot's Directory **

1842/James Mendoza/../../../Robsons Directory **

1846/Abraham Belasco/../../../Post Office Directory **

1848/Abraham Belasco/../../../Post Office Directory **

1851/Abraham Belasco/../../../Kellys Directory **

1851/Abraham Belasco/Licensed Victualler/50/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census
1851/Hannah Belasco/Wife/52/Mile End/Census
1851/Grace Whaite/Mother in Law/72/Penzance/Census
1851/Joseph Belasco/Son, General Dealer/30/St Pauls Covent Garden/Census
1851/Rachael Belasco/Wife/31/Bethnal Green/Census
1851/Abraham Belasco/Grandson/6/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census
1851/Leah Belasco/Grand Daughter/5/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census
1851/Kitty Belasco/Grand Daughter/2/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census
1851/Charles Jones/Pot Man/26/Kent/Census
1851/Catharine Hazin/Housemaid/24/Ireland/Census
1851/Toby Lee/Lodger, General Dealer/21/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census
1851/Joseph Cohen/Lodger, General Dealer/25/Spitalfields/Census
1851/Angel Aarons/Lodger, Tailor/22/Spitalfields/Census
1851/Phillip Aarons/Lodger, Tailor/28/St Pauls Covent Garden/Census
1851/John Benjamin/Lodger, General Dealer/21/St Botolph, Aldgate/Census

1869/Michael Myers/../../../Post Office Directory

September 1869/Lewis Michael Myers, executor of the late Michael Myers/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

September 1869/Isaac Moses/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1871/Isaac Moses/Licensed Victualler/28/Whitechapel, Middlesex /Census
1871/Elizabeth Moses/Wife/24/City of London/Census
1871/David Moses/Son/6/City of London/Census
1871/Jane Moses/Daughter/5/City of London/Census
1871/Michael Moses/Son/4/City of London/Census
1871/George Blanch/Potman/20/Tower Hamlets, Middlesex /Census
1871/Mary Ann Whitmore/General Servant/54/Yorkshire/Census

1874/Samuel Moses/../../../H D Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers Directory **

1879/Samuel Moses/../../../Post Office Directory


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