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White Swan, 124 St George street E1W

St George in East Index

In 1841 & earlier, the White Swan address is listed as 124 Ratcliff Highway, before renaming to St George Street, and two doors away from Harris terrace. The White Swan was locally known as the Paddys Goose.

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St George In East, London - in East London.


Paddys Goose, Ratcliff highway

Residents at this address

George Rogers was a Victualler and at the time he made his Will in 1805, stated he was late of The Harlequin, Drury Lane and now at the White Swan, Ratcliff Highway, opposite Old Gravel Lane. *

1805/James Partridge, victualler, 124 Ratcliff Highway/../../Holdens Directory

1807/Daniel Hobden/Victualler, White Swan, Ratcliff Highway/../../Sun Fire Insurance

1811/Matthew Gilbert, wine vaults, 124 Ratcliff highway/../../Holdens Directory

December1815/John Wright/White Swan, Ratcliff Highway : serving etc, fined five shillings and costs /../../Informations received against Publicans

1832/Wright, White Swan, 124 Ratcliff Highway/../../Robsons Directory

1834/John Wright/Vintner, 124 Ratcliff Highway/../../Electoral Register

1839/John Wright/../../../Pigots Directory

1841/John Wright/../../../Kelly's Directory

1842/John Wright/../../../Robsons Directory

1843/John Wright/../../../Kelly's Directory

1848/J Wright/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/John Wright/../../../Kellys Directory

1851/John Wright/Victualler/33/Ratcliffe Highway/Census
1851/Elizabeth Wright/Wife/30/Walcot, Norfolk/Census
1851/John Wright/Son/6/St George/Census
1851/Ann Wright/Daughter/4/../Census
1851/Ellen Wright/Daughter/3/../Census
1851/Jemima Wright/Daughter/2/../Census
1851/Elizabeth Seely/Visitor/70/Norfolk/Census
1851/Lucy Grint/Visitor/23/Essex/Census
1851/Louisa Coman/Visitor/38/Lambeth/Census
1851/Charlotte Christmas/Barmaid/20/Battle, Sussex/Census
1851/William Broom/Servant/21/Devon/Census
1851/Mary Hopwood/Servant/42/../Census
1851/Susan Feetham/Servant/35/../Census
1851/Mary Woold/Servant/16/../Census

1856/J Wright/../../../Post Office Directory

November 1855/Charlotte Wright, widow of late occupier/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

1865/Andrew Motion/../../../Post Office Directory

September 1864/Andrew Motion/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

September 1864/Thomas Glassington Dickie/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

7th July 1866/Thomas Glassington Dickle/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

7th July 1866/John Harold Goodwin/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1869/John H Goodwin/../../../Post Office Directory

1870: The cab driver now desired to know if I would like to visit “Paddy's Goose,” a den in “Ratcliffe Highway,” one of the worst of the bad districts of London. This place is frequented by sailors of all nations, who visit the spot to dance with the abandoned women, that are hired by the proprietors of these resorts to entice the foolish seafaring men just discharged from their vessels, with more money than they are able to take care of. “Paddy's Goose,” or the “White Swan,” as it is called by its owner, is perhaps the most frightful hell-hole in London. The very sublimity of vice and degradation is here attained, and the noisy scraping of wheezy fiddles, and the brawls of intoxicated sailors are the only sounds heard within its walls. It is an ordinary dance house, with a bar and glasses, and a dirty floor on which scores of women of all countries and shades of color may be found dancing with Danes, Americans, Swedes, Spaniards, Russians, Negroes, Chinese, Malays, Italians, and Portuguese, in one wild hell-medley of abomination. The proprietor of this den is undoubtedly the most desperate villain I ever saw outside of a prison gate, a man whose face is scarred and corrugated by the foot-prints of the Devil, whose servant he has been for many years, and yet I was informed that this scoundrel was tolerated, nay, encouraged by the government, from the fact that he had great influence among English seamen. . This man during the Crimean War hired steamers, with bands of music, and served the Admiralty as a “crimp” for enlisting sailors, or rather for trapping them by drugging them first and then “burking” them off to the men of-war, which needed fresh complements of seamen. I did not stay long in this Devil’s-Tavern, and I am sure my readers will excuse me from going into particular mention of the beastliness and orgies I saw there. Dismissing “Old Smudge” with a fee that seemed to meet - his approbation, I turned my steps in the direction of the river, not doubting for a moment but that I should find further food

Paddys Goose

Paddys Goose

1882/John H Goodwin/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Henry F Curtis/Licensed Victualler/52/Scotland/Census
1891/Elizabeth A Curtis/Wife/37/London/Census
1891/William Richardson/Son in Law, Barman/22/Highbury?/Census

1895/Atkin Smith/../../../Post Office

1901/James W Barnes/Licensed Victualler/38/South Mimms, Middlesex/Census
1901/Bessie Barnes/Wife/29/Guildford, Surrey/Census
1901/Susan Gibson/Lodger, Sailor Merchant Service (Male)/47/Sweden/Census
1901/Ellen Abbott/Lodger, Machine Mantle Maker/45/London/Census
1901/Snnie Elman/Lodger/46/Russia/Census
1901/Charlie Elman/Lodger/8/Russia/Census
1901/Mary Bendler/Lodger/46/Russia/Census

1905/Anders Johan Pettersson/../../../Post Office

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