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Cogers Hall, 15 Bride lane, Fleet street, St Brides EC4

St Bride pub history index

COGERS HALL, 15, Bride Lane, and the DISCUSSION HALL, 10, Shoe Lane," though separate houses, are nevertheless to be linked together, because the “ Cogers " hold their festivals at the latter house, now in the possession of our esteemed Common Councilman George Walters. An account of the Society of Cogers is given in “All the Year Round," 15th February, 1868. It was founded by Daniel Mason, about the year 1755. The Cogers of old included Curran, Daniel O'Connell, and Judge Keogh.

This pub was formally called the White Bear and appears as such in records throughout the time it was also known as the Cogers Hall. The Cogers were a debating society, formed at this pub in 1755 and moving to the Barley Mow in 1871. The pub was sold (as the White Bear) and demolished in 1895. But a replacement pub survives – it is the St Bride’s Tavern and the address is today given as 1 Bridewell Place. **

The address in 1938 and 1944 is at Salisbury square.


St Bride’s Tavern, 1 Bridewell Place - in October 2010

St Bride’s Tavern, 1 Bridewell Place - in October 2010

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in  St Brides,  London. The St Brides, London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

Residents at this address

1794/William Towers/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1825/Mr Langman/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1827/George Langman, White Bear, Bride lane, Fleet street/../../Pigots Directory

April 1827/George Longman/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1833/George Longman/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1834/George Langman/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1839/Jane Langman/../../../Pigots Directory

1841/Thomas Ashton/../../../P.O. Directory **

1841/Thomas Ashton/Wine Merchant/30/../Census
1841/Caroline Ashton/Wife/30/../Census
1841/Richard Ashton/../10/Middlesex/Census
1841/Thomas Ashton/../8/Middlesex/Census
1841/Louisa Ashton/../6/Middlesex/Census
1841/Frederick Mitchell/Cab Master/22/../Census
1841/William Hedefont/Potman/24/../Census
1841/Ann Howard/Female Servant/22/Ireland/Census
1841/James Roberts/Waiter/29/../Census
1841/James Lee/Horse Keeper/24/../Census
1841/Richard Cross/Porter/40/../Census

1842/Thomas Ashton/../../../P.O. Directory **

1848/Thomas Ashton/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/Thomas Edwards/../../../Kelly’s Directory **

1854/James Frederick Simes / Landlord /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1856/J F Simes/../../../Post Office Directory

Morning Advertiser 23 February 1857 - transfer of the license:
White Bear, Bride lane, James Frederick Simes to Francis Warren Chedzoy

1866/Frederick Winter / Barman /../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

March 1866/James Edbrooke/Outgoing Licensee/../../London City Press

March 1866/Charles Wright/Incoming Licensee/../../London City Press

1869/Chas Wright/../../../Post Office Directory

1874/Samuel Percy Judd/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/Samuel Judd/Licensed Victualler/43/Middlesex/Census
1881/Walter Page/Barman/19/Middlesex/Census
1881/Herbert Vaughan/Potman/26/Worcester/Census
1881/Alice Wilson/Kitchen Maid/21/Camberwell/Census
1881/Jane Stiles/Housemaid/22/Camden Town/Census
1881/Sarah Winkle/Cook, Widow/51/City of London, Middlesex/Census

1882/Samuel Percy Judd/../../../Post Office Directory

1884/Judd & Simmons/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Thomas Lee/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/Thomas Clothier/../../../P.O. Directory **

1911/Albert Edward Archer/Licensed Victualler/40/Aldsworth/Census
1911/Minnie Archer/Wife/40/Great Totham/Census
1911/Charles Grantham/Visitor, Clerk/32/../Census
1911/Ada Grantham/Visitor/33/Great Totham/Census
1911/Ernest King/Waiter/26/Great Totham/Census
1911/Henry Smith/Potman/55/Stepney/Census
1911/Lydia Page/Barmaid/29/Hampstead/Census
1911/Helen Nicholls/Barmaid/25/Ascot/Census

1917/Albert & Edward Archer/../../../P. O. Directory **

1932/Goodhews Ltd/../../../P.O. Directory **

1938/Sydney Collinson/../../../P.O. Directory **

1938/S H Collinson/Cogers, Salisbury square EC4/../../BT Telephone Directory [CENtral 2942]

1944/Mrs Emily E Collinson/../../../P.O. Directory **

Eve Pattiner and Australian servicemen at the Cogers

Eve Pattiner and Australian servicemen at the Cogers

Kindly provided by Clive Wawn

In WWII, my father and many of his RAAF colleagues used to frequent a Pub called Coger's, after Coger's Hall, Bride Lane and it was owned by the Collinson family. I believe it is now the St Bride's Tavern which fronts Bridewell Place these days.
I am writing a screenplay and trying to get it as accurate as I can. I have been in touch with St Brides Tavern and they don't have any history.
Coger's Hall Debating Society was broad in it's location but appears to have been held at this location prior to moving out of London.
Surprisingly, there is little information about Coger's at the turn of WWII as a popular venue for Aussie servicemen. At the time it was owned by the Collinson Family and Eve Pattiner (daughter of the Collinsons) was a popular hostess. Her husband was killed early in the war.

Visitors on the first page of the visitors book at the Cogers - include C N Wawn (Bardie) and Bluey Truscott

Visitors on the first page of the visitors book at the Cogers - include C N Wawn (Bardie) and Bluey Truscott

Kindly provided by Clive Wawn

Dad and Bluey earned the DFC (Bluey twice). They were returned to Australia in March 1942. The DFC is the Distinguished Flying Cross, this is one of the highest awards available for airmen. *

1945/S H Collinson/Cogers, Salisbury square EC4/../../BT Telephone Directory [CENtral 2942]

1949/S H Collinson/Cogers, Salisbury square EC4/../../BT Telephone Directory [CENtral 2942]

* Provided By Clive Wawn

** Provided By Stephen Harris

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