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Somerset Arms, 31 Passmore Street, London SW1

St George Hanover Square pub history index

Originally at 17 Passmore Street and numbered 31 Passmore Street by 1938. It is not to be confused with the Fox & Hounds at 29 Passmore street and which opened about 1938. **

A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in St George Hanover Square; and includes such areas of London as Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Pimlico.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1881/George Billings/Beer Retailer/33/Eye, Northampton/Census
1881/Caroline Billings/Wife/33/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1881/George R Billings/Son/9/Bethnal Green, Middlesex/Census
1881/Caroline S A Billings/Daughter/8/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1881/Alice Billings/Daughter/9 months/Mile End, Middlesex/Census
1881/Robert Billings/Son/5/Mile End, Middlesex/Census

The Pidgeon Family : Emma Gundry was the niece of Emma Payne, with whom she was living at the Rising Sun, Fulham in 1881. Emma Pidgeon was born near Ashburton, Devon in 1855 and came to London as a teenager. In 1871 she was working as a domestic servant in Hackney. She married Thomas Gundry in 1883. Thomas, born in 1856 at Camden Town, was the son of a cabinet maker, in whose steps he followed, until he married Emma.  Both gave their address as 1 Vernon Street, Fulham on the marriage record. In 1891 Thomas and Emma Gundry were at the Somerset Arms, 17 Passmore Street. Emma died in 1893, aged 37. *

1891/Thomas Gundry/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1891/Thomas Gundry/Beer House Keeper/35/Kentish Town, London/Census *
1891/Emma Gundry/Wife/35/Ashburton, Devon/Census
1891/Bertha M Gibbs/Visitor/9/Shepherds Bush, London/Census

1895/Thomas Gundry/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1899/Cleo Johnson/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1901/George Johnson/Licensed Victualler/58/Summerton, Norfolk/Census
1901/Georgianna Johnson/Wife/44/Camden Town, London/Census
1901/Maggie Stimany/Visitpr/25/Camberwell, London/Census
1901/George Askey/Boarder, C Clerk (Merchants)/28/Marylebone, London/Census
1901/John Stewart/Lodger, House Decorator/70/Long Ashton, Bristol/Census
1901/George Collman/Lodger, Tailors Assistant/19/Pimlico, London/Census

1902/George Johnson/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory **

1910/Harold Monks/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1911/Harold Monks/Beer Retailer/43/Nristol/Census
1911/Nellie Monks/Wife/40/Cranley, Surrey/Census
1911/Harold S Monks/Son/10/Hornsey, Middlesex/Census
1911/Winnie Monks/Girl/1/Pimlico, London/Census

1914/Harold Joseph Boult Monks/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1918/Jessie Hilda Lee/../../../Electoral Register

1921/Mrs Jessie Gay/Beer Retailer/../../Post Office Directory

1934/Charles White/Beer Retailer, 17 Passmore street/../../Kellys Directory

1938/William Reginald Kendall/Beer Retailer, 31 Passmore street/../../Post Office Directory

1944/William McCracken/Beer Retailer, 31 Passmore street/../../Post Office Directory

My father grew up in the immediate area and tells me that the Somerset was actually across the road from the Fox and Hounds. He said the Somerset was situated on the corner of Graham Terrace and a part of Passmore Street that no longer exists.
Passmore Street originally ran all the way to Whitaker Street until the late 50’s when that part of the street was cleared (along with the pub and some surrounding bomb sites) to make way for St Michaels School (later Greycoat). ***

The whole block was cleared to make way for a school, then more recently the school was demolished to make way for housing. ***

Somerset Boys - in 1947

Somerset Boys - in 1947

In the picture are my Grandfather, Great Grandfather and two Great Uncles

Kindly provided by Allan Orsborn

I was browsing your site & I recognised some of my family in the photos.
The boys, the man front row far right was my Uncle Harry, the man next to him was my Grandad Henry. The young faired boy in the middle is my Uncle Ernie, who is still alive. The family name is Shepherd, also some of the girls could also be part of my family, I think the lady in the spotty dress in the middle is my Grandmother. I was born at 19 Passmore St in 1959, I lived there with my family, I was the youngest child of four. My mothers family name was Hutson, who also lived in that street. *+

Somerset Girls? - in 1947

Somerset Girls? - in 1947

In the picture are my Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Aunt and the Baby is my Father

Kindly provided by Allan Orsborn


* Provided By Ian Pidgeon

*+ Provided By Robin Shepherd

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By Allan Orsborn

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