Westminster St James index
Trading until at least the late 1960s but now absorbed into Liberty's department store. *
Historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels.
Grapes, 26 Great Marlboro Street, St James, Westminster W1 - in August 2016
Kindly provided by Tris
Residents at this address.
1839/Evan Dunham Joynt/../../../Pigot's Directory *
1841/Evan Dun Joynt/../../../Post Office Directory
My 2 X greatgrandfather is described in his will as "Henry Chapman, of The Grapes Public House Marlborough Street in the parish of St. James Westminster...." He died in May 16, 1855. Occupation on his death certificate is "Licensed Victualler" of 26 Great Marlborough Street. I'm not sure if he actually owned the establishment or just held the license.
Henry Chapman was born and raised in Radwinter, Essex; likely moving to London as a young man. According to his children's birth certificates he was employed as a servant in Marylebone in 1842 and 1845. His next child was born in 1852, and at that time his occupation was "beer seller", and he was residing at Regents Park, Saint Pancras, moving up in the world.
We have a portrait of Henry in which he appears to be well into middle age, portly and distinguished. He died at the age of 52. **
1848/Christopher Carter/../../../Post Office Directory *
1851/Stephen Westle/../../../Post Office Directory *
The 1851 Kelly Directory lists Hen Chapman, beer shop, 38 Cumberland Market, Regents Park
Henry's widow, Elizabeth Chapman, went on to marry a William Fountain, also a licensed victualler. 1851 & 1856 pub index: William Fountain, at the Hope PH 30 Arthur Street, Kings Rd.
In 1861, they are at the Montpelier, Montpelier Street, Newington; In the 1871 census William and Elizabeth are residing in Camberwell. William is 61, licensed victualler "The Albion" at 155 Commercial Road. By the 1881 census he is a retired publican. **
1856/Hugh McDonald/../../../Post Office Directory
1869/Thomas Smith/../../../Post Office Directory
The lease on the Grapes was transferred from Mr J V Craske to Mr John Bullwinkle on 8th Nov 1876 for a total valuation of £3342/11/- ; The major Loan holder was Mann & Co. ***
John Bullwinkle had previously been a bootmaker but had inherited the Lease of the Red Lion, St Georges from his father Johann Ludovic Bullwinkel (aka John) who died in 1874 until 1st Nov 1875 when he transferred the Lease to his Cousin Henry (Hinrich) Bullwinkle. ***
Mr John Bullwinkle then sold the lease to Mr Henry Denford on 9 May 1877 for a total valuation of £3040/5/6d. ***
After selling the lease on the Grapes, John Bullwinkel next appears in the 1881 census as an LV at 57, Vicarage Road, West Ham but with no indication where he was working? He then became a Baker. ***
1881/Henry Denford/Licensed Victualler/40/Norfolk/Census
1881/Jane A Denford/Daughter/6/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Florie Denford/Daughter/4/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/William Denford/Son/2/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/John Hounslow/Barman/18/Maidstone, Kent/Census
1881/Horace G Lewis/Barman/19/Doncaster/Census
1881/Samuel Simpson/Barman/14/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/Laura Balls/Domestic Servant/18/Harwich/Census
1882/Henry Denford/../../../Post Office Directory
1884/Henry Denford/../../../Post Office Directory
1891/Joshua Jessop/../../../Post Office Directory
1895/John Swingler/../../../Post Office Directory
1899/John Lewis Maygar/../../../Post Office Directory
1910/Arth Richard Collins/../../../Post Office Directory
1915/Charles Wm Rose/../../../Post Office Directory
1921/Mrs Gertrude Rose/../../../Post Office Directory
1934/Mrs Gertrude Norton/../../../Kellys Directory
1938/Mrs Gertrude Norton/../../../Post Office Directory
1944/Mrs Gertrude Norton/../../../Post Office Directory *