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Rainbow Tavern, 15 Fleet street, St Dunstan in West EC4

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This pub was established in 1656 or 1657 as the Rainbow Coffee House, then only the second coffee house in London, although it appears to have also functioned as a tavern from the start. The pub was rebuilt in around 1859 but is now long-gone. ** This is still the Rainbow Tavern by 1921, but run by the Bodega Co Ltd, and later just called Bodegas by 1934. There is more detail about it as an early coffee house on my London taverns site.

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in  St Dunstan in West, City of London.

Residents at this address

1657/James Farr/../../../.. **

A halfpenny token exists for James Farr, a barber, in 1666 with an arched Rainbow

c.1780/Alexander Moncrieff/../../../British History on Line **

1791/William Blaker/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1795/Richard Deeme/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1811/Marg Deeme, the Rainbow, 15 Fleet street/../../Holdens Directory

1825/William Colls/../../../Pigots Office Directory **

1825/Mr Colls, Rainbow Tavern, Fleet street/../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1827/Colls/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1829/Christopher William Collis/../../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1832/William Colls, Rainbow, 15 Fleet street/../../Robsons Directory

1839/Isaac Argent/../../../Pigots Directory

1841/Isaac Argent/../../../Post Office Directory **

1842/Isaac Argent/../../../P.O. Directory **

1842/Isaac Argent/../../../Robson’s Directory **

1843/Isaac Argent/../../../Post Office Directory

1848/Isaac Argent/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/Isaac Argent/../../../Kellys Directory

1851/Isaac Argent/Tavern Keeper, Widow/56/Halstead, Essex/Census
1851/John Argent/Son, Tavern Keeper/24/Blackfriars Road/Census
1851/Eleanor Argent/DAughter/23/Strand/Census
1851/Mary Ann Mattthews/Barmaid/32/Middlesex/Census
1851/Sarah Green/Barmaid/22/../Census
1851/Charles Mapper/Cook/18/Middlesex/Census
1851/John Bird/Waiter/24/Middlesex/Census
1851/Henry Thompson/Waiter/22/Cambridge/Census
1851/John Gilbert/Porter/36/Hertfordshire/Census
1851/Richard Berry/Waiter/15/Middlesex/Census
1851/_ Stopley/Cook/17/Nubia Africa/Census
1851/Emma Chambers/Housemaid/24/Hertfordshire/Census
1851/Margaret Conley/Kitchenmaid/27/Dublin/Census
1851/Julia Sullivan/Scullerymaid/20/Cork/Census
1851/Julia Farnham/Lodger/50/America/Census

1852/Isaac Argent/../../../Post Office Directory **

October1853/Isaac Argent/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

October 1853/John Argent/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1856/John Argent/../../../Post Office Directory

1860/John Argent/../../../The Draper & Clothier, Travellers’ Hand-Book **

February 1861/John Argent and Edward Ashwell/Outgoing Licensee/../../London City Press

February 1861/John Nadin/Incoming Licensee/../../London City Press

1861/John Nadin/Tavern Keeper/46/Ripton, Derbyshire/Census
1861/Sarah Nadin/Wife/50/Longford, Derbyshire/Census
1861/Mary Nadin/Daughter, Barmaid/20/Derby, Derbyshire/Census
1861/Anne J Howel/Barmaid/21/Watford, Hertfordshire/Census
1861/Mary Ann Togwel/Kitchenmaid/30/Norfolk/Census
1861/Margaret Peel/Kitchenmaid/26/Ireland/Census
1861/Elizabeth Eaton/Scullerymaid/21/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/Elizabeth Barnett/Housemaid/27/Westminster, Middlesex/Census

May 1862/John Nadin/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

May 1862/William Samuel Hall/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

1869/Henry Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Arthur Gurney/Manager Hotel/35/Hendon, Middlesex/Census
1871/Charlotte Tatnall/Housekeeper/33/Ramsgate, Kent/Census
1871/Louisa Wood/Barmaid/23/Middlesex/Census
1871/Emma Driver/Barmaid/19/Carshalton, Surrey/Census
1871/Mary Ann Heath/Linenmaid/22/Lewisham, Kent/Census
1871/Margaret Lewis/Housemaid/21/Clerkenwell/Census

1878/Henry Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/George Skegg/Licensed Victuallers Representative/33/Hertingfordbury, Hertford/Census
1881/Eliza Bartley/Housekeeper/45/Slaugham, Sussex/Census
1881/Ada Barnes/Assistant/26/Reedham, Norfolk/Census
1881/Alice Braithwaite/Housemaid/26/ (Nat B S), America/Census
1881/Ellen Condon/Kitchen Maid/19/Cork County/Census
1881/Annie Stotter/Kitchen Maid/20/London City, Middlesex/Census
1881/Frances Saddington/Assistant/28/Appleby, Derby/Census

1882/Henry Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory

1884/Henry Cooper/../../../Post Office Directory

1886/Henry Cooper, Rainbow Tavern, 15 Fleet street/../../Post Office Directory

1899/../Rainbow Tavern/../../Post Office Directory

1902/../Bodega Co Ltd, The Wine Merchants/../../BT telephone Directory

1909/../Bodega Co Ltd, The Wine Merchants/../../BT telephone Directory

1916/../Bodega Co Ltd, The Wine Merchants/../../BT telephone Directory

1921/Bodega Co Ltd/Rainbow Tavern/../../Post Office Directory

1925/../Bodega Co Ltd/../../BT telephone Directory

My great grandfather, Reginald William Smith was a caterer / publican. He married into the Hobday family - Hobday/Latham, who I believe were publicans as well. I believe my g-grandfather's sister married into another publican family (Robert Congden Sibun) of the Red Brick Hotel in Sussex and Viaduct Tavern in Holborn.
He wrote to my grandmother in the mid 1930's - the letterhead reads The White Heather Club - 59 Chancery Lane, Holborn. ***

21 September 1925/Reginald William Smith/Licensed Victualler/../../Death Certificate of daughter ***
21 September 1925/Constance Pearl Smith/Daughter/2/../Death Certificate

1934/../Bodega/../../Kellys Directory

1938/../Bodega/../../Post Office Directory

1944/../Bodegas/../../Post Office Directory

1946/Rainbow/Bodega Co Ltd/../../BT telephone Directory

1953/Rainbow/Bodega Co Ltd/../../BT telephone Directory

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By Mark Bolton

And Last updated on: Sunday, 26-Jul-2020 16:13:00 BST