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Grapes, 1 Great Earl street WC2

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Now in commercial use. Due to street renaming, this pub's address is now 1 Earlham Street. *** Little and Great Earl Street are now Earlham Street.

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

Grapes,No 1 Earlham Street, Seven Dials c1895

Grapes,No 1 Earlham Street, Seven Dials c1895

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Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, Seven Dials in 1896 - to the right

Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, Seven Dials in 1896 - to the right

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Crown and Grapes, in Seven Dials in 1896 - a sketch

Crown and Grapes, in Seven Dials in 1896 - a sketch

Not the Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, WC2 - in March 2012, , the renumbering of all the various streets in the area is very confusing. The photo shows the "present" no 1 Earlham Street that is at the opposite end of Earlham Street where it meets Shaftsbury Avenue.

Not the Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, WC2 - in March 2012, , the renumbering of all the various streets in the area is very confusing. The photo shows the "present" no 1 Earlham Street that is at the opposite end of Earlham Street where it meets Shaftsbury Avenue.

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Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, Seven Dials in 2012 - with the Grapes in the centre, on the junction of Earlham Street and Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2.

Grapes, 1 Great Earl Street, Seven Dials in 2012 - with the Grapes in the centre, on the junction of Earlham Street and Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2.

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Residents at this address

1839/Thomas Jones/../../../Pigots Directory

1841/T Jones/../../../Post Office Directory

1842/Thomas Jones/../../../Robsons Directory

An Inquest in December 1843 on Elizabeth Andrews, 32, landlady of the Grapes, Little Earl Street. Verdict - Died of disease, produced by the abuse of alcoholic liquors./Morning Post, Monday, 25 December 1843 *

Thomas Andrews of Little Earl street, Seven Dials, Victualler, was declared a bankrupt./London Gazette, March 1844 *

1844 London Gazette, Thomas Andrews/Little Earl Street, victualler, bankrupt/../../Bankrupt Directory *

1848/John Harriott/../../../Post Office Directory

1851/John Harriott/../../../Post Office Directory

1856/William Moss/../../../Post Office Directory

1861/Hall Laflin/1 Great Earl Street/../../Census *

1861/Hall Laflin/Publican/31/Bilderstone, Suffolk/Census
1861/Ann Laflin/Wife/37/Crawswell, Herefordshire/Census
1861/Mary Ann Wilson/Niece/14/Broomy Hall, Herefordshire/Census
1861/Isaac Wells/Barman/19/Wickham Brook, Suffolk/Census

July 1863/Hall Laflin, deceased/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

July 1863/Ann Laflin, widow of Hall Laflin/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

February 1866/William East/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

February 1866/Thomas Roberts/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

October 1866/William Moss/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

October 1866/Charles Ayres/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

April 1868/William Henry Vercoe/Outgoing Licensee/../../Era

April 1868/Alfred Charles Power/Incoming Licensee/../../Era

July 1869/Alfred Charles Power/ Outgoing Licensee /../../The Era

July 1869/William Swinden/ Incoming Licensee /../../The Era

1871/William Oakley/Publican/28/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Charlotte Oakley/Wife/22/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/William Oakley/Son/5/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Henry Oakley/Son/3/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Rosetta Oakley/Daughter/1/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Ann Oakley/Mother/52/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Ann Smith/Domestic Servant/15/St Giles, Middlesex/Census
1871/Edward Duke/Potman/38/St James, Middlesex/Census

1871/William Oakley/1 Great Earl Street/../../Census *

1873/William Henry Oakley/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1874/William Henry Oakley/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1875/John Daniel Stopher/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1876/William Jones/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1877/Joseph Willis/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1878/Stewart James Robinson/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1879/Stewart James Robinson/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1880/Stewart James Robinson/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1881/Stewart James Robinson/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1881/James Stewart Robinson/1 Queen Street/../../Census *

1882/William Wright/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1884/Stewart J Robinson/../../../Holborn Petty Sessions

1891/William Wright/../../../Post Office Directory

1895/Michael Ullmer/../../../Post Office Directory

1895-7/Michael Ullmer/1 Queen Street/../../Electoral records *

1899/John Michael Murphy/../../../Post Office Directory

1905-6/Robert Gernon/1 Queen Street/../../Electoral records *

1907-8/Robert Gernon/2 Shorts Gardens/../../Electoral records *

1910/Robert Gernon/../../../Post Office Directory

1910-14/Robert Gernon/1 Great Earl Street/../../Electoral records *

CAVE OF HARMONY,  No.31 Earlham Street (on Seven Dials) & Until 1938 No.1 Great Earl Street; Dates: 1927-28. *

The building was licensed as a pub, the Bunch of Grapes, until 1919. During the 1920s it housed a succession of clubs which were closed down by police as they held no drinking licence.
In September 1927 another club successfully applied to use the premises, claiming it was for theatrical and artistic people who would present no trouble. This was the Cave of Harmony, founded in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia in 1924 by a young Elsa Lanchester (later famous in films as the Bride of Frankenstein) and her then partner, Harold Scott. She sang 12 from print songs they had collected (e.g. Please Sell No More Drink to My Father) and they performed one-act plays at midnight, often assisted by famous artistes after the theatres had closed. The Cave of Harmony was a popular meeting place for London intellectuals, including H G Wells, Aldous Huxley and Evelyn Waugh. Elsa made little money out of it and supplemented her income by posing as correspondent in divorce cases. She closed it down in late 1928 after she took up with Charles Laughton./Sources: The Times; E Lanchester, Elsa Lanchester Herself (1983) *


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