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Bethnal Green pub history index
Existed from at least 1827. The street is historically called Nelson Street, Boundary Street is now named Horatio Street. Early addresses also include Nelson Street, Friars Mount. At 27 Nelson Street in 1861 census. It is named in directories as Fournier Street for a period. **
Historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels.
Residents at this address.
1827/George Philbrick/Victualler, Victory, Nelson Street/../../Sun Fire
Insurance Records - Access to Archives
July 1835/James Wood/Landlord, Victory, Friars Mount on a charge of common assault/../../Morning Post
My maternal 3x Great grandfather was William Hookham, (1798-1845). The Hookham family were deeply involved with the licensed trade, to the extent that in his will, William instructed his executors to sell off his leasehold property, which I believe included an undetermined number of public houses and offer the proceeds to to the local brewers, Truman, Hanbury and Company, so long as they would "pay interest thereon at or after the rate of five pounds per centum per annum and without requiring any security for the same". If Truman, Hanbury and Company were not prepared to accept his terms, the money was to be invested in Government stocks and the product used as a Trust for his heirs and successors. I have not discovered which of these options was adopted, but several of the next generation were also publicans. *
Before fetching up at the Victory, during the 1830`s, William Hookham is described both as a Brandy merchant and Wine merchant at unspecified addresses in Spitalfields. He and Elizabeth lived during most of that time at Myddleton Street, Clerkenwell or Union Street, Spitalfields. The first documentary record of him at the Victory is in the 1841 Census. *
At the time of making his will, (7th. July, 1845,) he was the incumbent of the "Victory", Friar`s Mount. This is stated in the will. His (second) wife was born Elizabeth Wilkinson and I suspect that Mary Wilkinson, the licensee from Robson`s directory in 1842 is William`s wife`s sister. *
The other thing we learn from his will, (of which I have found no earlier mention,) is that he has a braid - making business. Having done some research on this I find this is silk braid for upholstery and uniform decoration and the like, which the weavers took to as the trade fell into decline. I suspect it simply amounted to buying the output of individual struggling artisans for a few coppers, only to take it off them again, either by way of rent or at the pub. *
1842/Mary Wilkinson/../../../Robsonís Directory ** [Nelson Street]
1848/Henry White/../../../Post Office Directory ** [27 Nelson Street]
July 1848/John Lamy Ellerem/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era
July 1848/John Jacobs jun/Incoming Licensee/../../Era
Joseph Jacobs, (who took over the Victory from William Hookham and his family, and whose own family as far as I can see, ran the pub until it was demolished to make way for Arnold Circus,) was Head of the Bethnal Green Vestry Sanitary Committee. It must have been because of sheer corrupt influence, rather than gratitude of the populace, that his name was celebrated during his lifetime in "Jacobs Street", running parallel to Nelson Street. *
1851/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Kellyís Directory ** [Nelson Street]
1851/Joseph Jacobs/Licensed Victualler/25/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/Charlotte Jacobs/Wife/24/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/George Jacobs/Brother, Barman/19/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/Charlotte Jacobs/Daughter/3 months/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/Elizabeth McIntosh/House Servant/18/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1851/George Bant/Waiter/14/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1852/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Post Office Directory ** [Nelson Street]
1856/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Post Office Directory [27 Nelson Street].
1861/Joseph Jacobs/Publican/35/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Charlotte Jacobs/Wife/34/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Charlotte Jacobs/Daughter/10/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Mary Ann Jacobs/Daughter/8/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Amelia Taylor/Sister in Law, Milliner/29/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Mary Ann Burman/House Servant/18/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1861/Henry Wilmot/Waiter/16/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
May 1862/Joseph Jacobs/LV Association/../../Era
1869/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Post Office Directory [27 Nelson Street].
1874/J N Jacobs/../../../H.D. Miles London & Suburban Licensed Victuallers' Directory ** [Nelson Street]
1882/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Post Office Directory ** [Fournier Street].
1884/Joseph Jacobs/../../../Post Office Directory
1891/Joseph Jacob/Licensed Victualler/66/../Census
1891/Joseph Jacob/Son, Widow, House Agent/39/../Census
1891/Susannah Laver/Domestic Servant/18/../Census
* Provided By Cliff Helps
** Provided By Stephen Harris