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Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth SE1

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The address is 10 Gilberts Buildings, Westminster Road in 1856 and earlier, prior to street renaming, and in Sun Fire Office insurance records Westminster Road is called Apollo Road, apparently an earlier name for it. It is named as the Tower of London in the Victuallers Recognizances of 1825 and in earlier Sun Fire Office insurance records. In the 19th century and earlier, this fell into the Southwark St George Martyr parish rather than Lambeth, and is listed there in the 1825 Victuallers Recognizance as well as census records. It is named as the Tower of London in early records. *

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in the Lambeth parish, Surrey, London. This includes Kennington, Brixton, Lambeth, Norwood, Peckham & Waterloo Road.The Lambeth parish, Surrey, London Public House Trade Directory uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth  - date unknown

Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth  - date unknown

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth SE1

Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth SE1

Residents at this address.

1803/Robert Shaw/victualler and dealer in wines and spirits/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1803/Robert Shawe/victualler/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1816/Robert Shawe and Son/victualler and dealer in wines and spirits, Tower of London/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1825/Robert Shaw/[Tower of London]/../../Victuallers Recognizance *

1837/Robert Shaw/victualler and dealer in wines and spirits/../../Sun Fire Office records held at the London Metropolitan Archives *

1839/Robert Shaw/../../../Pigot's Directory *

1841/Robert Shaw/../../../Post Office Directory *

1856/Richard Harvey & Son/../../../Post Office Directory *

1869/Mrs Emily Sarah Watkins/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Robert Dear/Licensed Victualler/54/Hampstead, Middlesex/Census *
1871/Charlotte Dear/Wife/51/Surrey/Census
1871/William Dear/Son (Widower), Wharfinger/33/Middlesex/Census
1871/Joseph Dear/Son, Licensed Victualler/21/Surrey/Census
1871/Edward Forty/Barman/20/Warwickshire/Census
1871/Emma Moore/General Servant/24/Erith, Kent/Census

1882/Frederick George Young/../../../Post Office Directory *

1884/Robert Day/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/William Henry Louis Ray/../../../Post Office Directory *

1899/Alfred Raynor Smith/../../../Post Office Directory

1910/Arthur Loft/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/William Vale/../../../Post Office Directory *

The Tower belonged to my grandfather, William "Pip" Bale after he more or less retired from the stage as a juggler in 1913. He and my grandmother lived there until they moved to The Ship, Margate, after WW1, and my mother was born there in 1915. It is possible that he was registered with the surname Zanetto, his stage name with his brothers as "The Royal Zanettos". ***

The Business card of W Zanetto, The "Tower", 76 Westminster Bridge Road SE- W Bale in 1914

The Business card of W Zanetto, The "Tower", 76 Westminster Bridge Road SE - W Bale in 1914

The Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road  in 1914 Inscribed

The Tower, 76 Westminster Bridge Road  in 1914 Inscribed

"Outside Tower, me with our old Jock Dog, Barman, Customers & boy & Brewers men." - Lily aged 8

Both kindly provided by Jane Koszuta

1921/Arthur C Bedwell/../../../Hughes Directory

1938/Mrs Florence Tapp & Leonard Charles Tapp/../../../Post Office Directory *

1944/George H Dawson/../../../Post Office Directory

1971/../Tower/../../Pub Directory


* Provided By Ewan

*+ Provided By Tony James

*** Provided By Jane Koszuta

And Last updated on: Wednesday, 21-Aug-2019 17:19:17 BST