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Grapes, 16 Shepherds Market, St George Hanover Square W1

St George Hanover Square pub history index

Address formerly given as 8 Shepherd Market. This pub was established in 1742 as the Market Coffee House and was renamed the Grapes in 1782. The Bunch of Grapes, Sun court, Shepherd market in 1827 and various directory entries. It was rebuilt in its present form in 1882. ** The address is given as 8 Shepherd Market in 1921 and earlier, prior to street renumbering. It is listed as 8 Sun Court in the 1869 Directory * and earlier. The name is now styled as Ye Grapes. *

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St George Hanover Square

Grapes, 16 Shepherd Market, W1 - in July 2008

Grapes, 16 Shepherd Market, W1 - in July 2008

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

Residents at this address

1827/J Heath/../../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1839/John Heath/../../../Pigot's Directory *+

1841/John Heath/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1842/John Heath/../../../Robson's Directory *+

1848/Henry Austin Adams/../../../Post Office Directory *+

August 1850/James Ender/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

August 1850/John Roberts/Incoming Licensee/../../Era Newspaper

1851/John Roberts/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1854/George Clarke, Grapes, Sun court, Curzon street, Mayfair/../../Post Office Directory

1856/George Clarke/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1860/William Slater/../../../Post Office Directory

1861/John Ambrose/Licensed Victualler/30/St Mary Whitechapel, Middlesex/Census
1861/Charlotte Ambrose/Wife/31/Surrey/Census
1861/Isabella Scales/Barmaid/18/Shoreditch, Middlesex/Census
1861/Mary Christie/Cook, Widow/25/Borough, Surrey/Census
1861/William Lancashire/Potman/28/Kennington, Surrey/Census
1861/Mary Marson/Nurse/42/Stepney, Middlesex/Census
1861/Richard Anderson/Potman/18/../Census

1862/John Ambrose/../../../Post Office Directory

1865/Mr Henry Sibley, Grapes, Sun court, Curzon street, Mayfair/../../Licensed Victuallers Association

1869/James Jarvis/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1880/William Kennett/../../../Post Office Directory **

1881/Frederick W Hartley/Licensed Victualler/34/Westminster, Middlesex/Census
1881/Caroline Hartley/Wife/33/Norfolk/Census
1881/Frederick W Hartley/Son/8/Fulham, Middlesex/Census
1881/Caroline M Hartley/Daughter/7/Fulham, Middlesex/Census
1881/Thomas A Hartley/Son/6/Fulham, Middlesex/Census
1881/Emily A Hartley/Daughter/5/Hammersmith, Middlesex/Census
1881/Augustus G Hartley/Son/3/Hammersmith, Middlesex/Census
1881/Maud E Hartley/Daughter/1/Hammersmith, Middlesex/Census
1881/Mary Lock/Domestic Servant/14/Brighton, Sussex/Census
1881/Matilda Wood/Domestic Servant/27/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Eliza Cooper/Domestic Servant/33/Surrey/Census
1881/Emma Cathing/Domestic Servant/51/Suffolk/Census
1881/George Myers/Lodger, Butler/29/Bedford/Census

1882/Frederick William Hartley/../../../Post Office Directory

1884/Frederick W Hartley/../../../Post Office Directory

1886/Frederick W Hartley/../../../Business Directory of London **

1891/Alex Naylor/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Chas Thos Lewis/../../../Post Office Directory

1899/David Lloyd/../../../Post Office Directory

1910/Frederick Vernon Prince/../../../Post Office Directory

1914/Frederick Vernon Prince/../../../Post Office Directory

1915/Frederick Vernon Prince/../../../Post Office Directory *+

1921/Frederick Prince/../../../Hughes Directory *+

1938/Allens (Caterers) Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory

1944/Allens (Caterers) Ltd/../../../Post Office Directory *+

My Grand Aunt, Elizabeth Fountain, (nee Bailey), was the landlady of the pub with her husband Joseph Hector George Fountain, from 1945 to 1961. She was a formidable lady, originally from Bow & when they took over the pub is was a frequent haunt of local prostitutes. On taking the pub over she threw them all out, in true Eastenders fashion, shouting 'Get outta my pub & don't come back!', they heeded her advice & never returned!  *

Joe & Lily turned the pub around so it became a well known meeting place for actors from the West End stage productions & assorted theatrical 'Lovies'. Many of them stayed in nearby Curzon Street, probably the most famous resident at the time was the actor Vincent Price, with whom they became close friends. *

The pub was also renown for its 'lock ins' & many a tale has been told of some very boozy late nights, with my Grandad playing the piano. Incidentally my grandad was also the chef for the pub during this time. *

Joe died in 1952, but Lily kept the pub for a further 9 years after his death, before retiring in 1961, which she enjoyed until her death in 1974. *

1971/Allens (Caterers) Ltd/../../../BT Telephone Directory *+


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** Provided By Stephen Harris

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