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Horse & Groom, 131 High Street, Merton, Surrey

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I believe that the Horse and Groom, High Street, Merton, had been called The Bricklayers’ Arms up to 1882: it was Dark House 1984 –1994, then Horse and Groom until 1997 before becoming Kilkenny Arms. ***

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The pub on the right was the Horse and Groom, subsequently re-named to the Kilkenny Tavern.

The pub on the right was the Horse and Groom, subsequently re-named to the Kilkenny Tavern.

Kindly provided by Brian Bouchard

Kilkenny Tavern, 131 Merton High street - in June 2019, by South Wimbledon station

Kilkenny Tavern, 131 Merton High street - in June 2019, by South Wimbledon station

Residents at this address

I suspect the publican from circa 1888 was Thomas Chattell, ex Black Swan, Catworth, Huntingdon, who died aged 58, reg. Croydon 12/1895, leaving a widow Fanny Maria Chattell. On 23 December 1896, she was re-married to my great grandfather Levi Clement Elswood Elliott, a widower, who subsequently became the licensee. He had retired on pension from the Metropolitan Police and, unfortunately, came under suspicion of having watered the beer – which may have led him to take his own life. Fanny M. Elliott, b. Grafham, Hunts, is then listed in the 1901 Census as “Beer House Keeper'” in Merton but I do not know what became of her.

1901/Fanny M Elliott/Beer House Keeper, Widow/44/Graffham, Huntingdonshire/Census ***

1913/Robert Bartram/Beer Retailer/../../Kelly’s Directory


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