Stories of of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and
Hotels in London.
This is the story of Thomas John Sewell (1846 - 1912) and his links to the
licensed trade, approximately 14 properties.
Thomas John Sewell is born in Brighton, Sussex in about 1846. On the November
7th, 1870, and at the age of 24, and a plumber by trade, he marries his first
wife, Jane Rayment, widow, and daughter of a Gentleman, Andrew Mitchell. She
is 14 years his senior, being 38 years of age. The marriage takes place at
St Peter church, Stepney, in Mile end, and they both list their address of
residence as in Globe road, Mile end.
[Jane Mitchell, daughter of Andrew Mitchell married William Rayment at Erith
in Kent, in September, 1861]
By the 1871 census, they are living in Dean street, Forest Gate, West Ham,
and he is now listed as a house painter. His wife Jane Ann lists her birth
place as St Georges east. She was born 25th July 1832 (baptised 25th August
1832) to Andrew Mitchell and Ann Maria Mitchell. He is a Custom House
I am yet to ascertain where he received enough money to get started in the
In July 1875, Thomas John Sewell is the incoming licensee to the
Elder Tree, 119 Chrisp
street, in Bromley; he trades here for one year only, leaving in May 1876 to
move to his next premises, the
Volunteer, at 73 Frederick
street, Caledonian road, which is in Islington, for probably a further year.
By the 1881 census, Thomas John Sewell is a Licensed victualler at the
Feathers, in Deptford. The
census lists him as unmarried. He has moved onwards by 1883 at the latest. I
believe that Jane, his first wife lives until 1908, and so maybe they
In 1883 and 1884 directories, he is listed as the licensee at the Rifleman, 162 Horseferry
road, Westminster SE
I am still looking for a second marriage which matches, and this could maybe read, actually not really married.
In 1885, 1886 and 1887, he is the licensee of the Horse &
Groom, 124 Westminster bridge road SE
In 1888 and 1889, he is licensee of the
Princess of Wales,
45 & 46 London road SE, in Southwark
(Also at this time, there is a William Sewell at the
Castle, 147 Kentish
town road NW, and also an Charles Sewell at the
1 Rodney road, Walworth SE and also at
Duke of Clarence, 60
Vauxhall street SE; both are licensed victuallers around London).
In 1890 he is licensee at the Old
Kings Head, Charing Cross road WC
In the 1891 directory, he is listed as licensee of Potters Hotel at 1 Garrick
street; although the 1891 census has him at
Noahs Ark, at
313 Oxford Street. Interestingly, he is also listed here in the 1891
directory, suggesting one of the entries is a little out of date. His son,
Tom is only 9 years old at this time, so he is not running one of these
pubs! The Noahs
Arks lists him with his second wife, Emily; and he is here until at least
In 1894 and until 1896, he is the licensee of the
Union Arms, 36 Panton
street, Haymarket SW and still at the Noahs Ark until 1894.
In 1899, Thomas John Sewell is a Licensed victualler at the
Cow and Calf, Eastcheap,
Billingsgate where he produces a token advertising the Cow and Calf, and
offering a free two penny drink before 8 am in the morning.
Cow and Calf, Eastcheap, a medal or token in 1899 by T J Sewell
The Front view is of the tall narrow building with THE COW & CALF RESTAURANT
EASTCHEAP. E.C. above and T. J. SEWELL / PROPRIETOR below in the exergue.
On the reverse : THE HOLDER / OF THIS MEDAL / IS ENTITLED TO / A 2D DRINK /
BEFORE EIGHT A.M. / ON PRESENTATION OF THIS MEDAL / -•- / WITH T. J.
SEWELL’S / COMPLIMENTS with signature D. HARPER […] HOLLOWAY RD in tiny
Edge Grained, aluminium, 38.3mm, 6.2g
Kindly provided by Andrew Andison
In the 1901 census, Thomas John Sewell is the licensee of La Criadera, which was
earlier know as the Coach and Horses, at 29 Old Holborn.
In 1904 until 1910, he is licensee of the Cock Tavern, at 27 Great Portland street, in Marylebone.
In 1908, there is a marriage between Thomas John Sewell and Christine Myra G
Morland at Marylebone; this would be wife number three, who outlives him,
being 26 years younger.
In the 1911 census, Thomas John Sewell is listed as licensee of the Red House, 53 Brompton road SW3.
The 1913 directory lists Thomas John Sewell at the
Mother Red Cap, 174
High street, Camden Town, and in 1915 Grace Sewell is still listed here as
licensee after his death, and up until about 1917.
In 1912, Thomas John Sewell of 174 High street Camden Town Middlesex died 24
October 1912 Probate London 18 November to Christine Marie Grace Sewell
Widow. Effects £967 3s 4d.
In 1935, I have found a record in the Hendon crematorium and cemetery
records which notes a Christine Myra Grace Sewell, of 100 Licensed Victualler
Insitution, Asylum road - this would be one of the cottages attached to the
Licensed Victuallers Insitution.