All information supplied by Norma Leatherby
A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in London. The London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
My Great Grandfather, Henry Couchman was born 1842 in Kent.
He came to London with his wife Harriet, about 1870 and their first pub was
"The Old Fish" in Baldwins Gardens, Grays Inn Road; A
daughter Minnie Maria was born in 1872.
Harriet died in 1876 and Henry married his second wife Jane Swan (also from Kent), in 1877. Also in 1877, Harry was at "The Hope", Ivy Lane St. Pauls and "The Dukes Head"; in 1879 "The George" Bury St, Piccadilly; in 1888 "The Harp" Church St. Lisson Grove; and in 1891 "The Old Kings Head", 135 Tooley Street
Henry and Jane went on to have 6 children. HARRY b.1878 and 5th child Clara b.1888 (my Grandmother)
Henry died in 1893 leaving 15 year old Harry to support his Mother and younger siblings. **
On the 1891 census Harry can be found working as a barman at the 'Kings Head' St. James Street. His age is given as 19 but he was 14 at the time. The Licensee is Henry Savage. In 1899, Savage & Couchman are listed at the Enterprise, 69 Tachbrook Street. In 1901 Henry Savage is at 'The Drayton' Brompton Road.
By 1906 the business became "Couchman & Savage" after acquiring a few more pubs. Savage died in 1913.
In 1914 Harry joined William Budd, who was licensee of 'The Cock Tavern' Holloway Road; The business then became "Couchman & Budd" adding 'The Canterbury Arms' and 'The Green Man'.
In 1916 "Couchman & Kent" at the 'Earl of Warwick'.
By 1918 "Couchman & Co". with Head Office at the The Princess Louise' in High Holborn, which was to remain the Head Office of what was now ' [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Couchman's Limited'. **
The Public Houses that became part of the Couchman's empire, under Harry Alec Couchman, were as follows:
Princess Louise. 208, High Holborn (Head Office) existing
Green Man, 308, Edgware Road. *
Portman Arms, 422, Edgware Road. *
Earl of Warwick. 36, Golborne Road. W10 *
The Lancaster. Lancaster Road. W11 -
Sir Robert Peel, 131, Canterbury Road. NW6 *
King & Queen, 67, Harrow Road, -
Brondesbury Arms, 111, Canterbury Road. NW6 (converted flats)
Queens Arms, 11, Warwick Street. SW1. *
White Ferry House, 1a, Sutherland Street. SW1. *
The Union, 11 Pimlico Road. SW1 *
Queens Hotel, 139 St. Phillip Street SW11.
Kings Head, 476 Fulham Road, SW6 (slug & lettuce) *
George Hotel, 506, Fulham Road SW6 *
The Clarence, 148, North End Road. SW6 *
The Winning Post, Chertsey Road. *
** Provided by Norma Leatherby