Whitechapel, the Baker & Basket, 16 Leman street 1816 to 1941

I have selected one random page of my pub history site in Whitechapel, which happens to have some interesting records. Ewans pubology site agrees the rough dates are correct, although these are only a guess, as I don’t have other records to add at present. Actually, he gets the dates from my research, it is one of the few pages he has not added records, he is a rather nice person!

Here are all the records for the Baker & Basket as listed on my site at present:

1816/William Day / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1823/William Wilson / Victualler /../../Sun Fire Office records held at Guildhall Library ***

1831/James Towler / Licensed Victualler & Cellerman to a Wine Merchant /../../London Gazette, 27 December 1831 ***

1833-34/John Rudd, Baker & Basket, 11 Redlion Street, Whitechapel/../../Pigots Directory ****

1839/James Hutchins/../../../Pigots Directory ***

1841/James Hutchens/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1842/Jas. Hutchens/../../../Robson’s Directory ***

1850/James Hutchens/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1851/Edward Bonney/../../../Kellys Directory ****

1852/Benjamin Staines/../../../Watkins Directory ***

1856/Benjamin Staines/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1856/Samuel Faver / Pot Boy/../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

May 1861/William Martin/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

May 1861/George Church, the younger/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

May 1862/George Church the younger/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1862/G Church jun/../../../Post Office Directory ****

May 1862/Henry Finch/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

November 1864/Sarah Finch, administratrix of Henry Finch/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

November 1864/Samuel Simpson Smith/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

1869/Samuel S Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1871/Samuel S Smith/Licensed Victualler/28/Rutsby, Norfolk/Census ****
1871/Eliza Smith/Wife/51/Stoke Newington/Census
1871/Martha Smith/Daughter/20/London/Census
1871/Samuel S Smith/Son, Clerk/18/London/Census
1871/Ada L Smith/Daughte, Apprenticer/16/London/Census
1871/William W Smith/Son/14/London/Census
1871/Sarah Ann Smith/Daughter/12/London/Census
1871/James E Smith/Son/8/London/Census
1871/Jane Evans/Aunt, Widow/71/Yarmouth/Census
1871/Thomas Sanders/Potman/17/London/Census

1874/S S Smith/../../../H D Miles Directory of Licensed Victuallers **

14th July 1874/Samuel Simpson Smith/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

14th July 1874/Charles John Cepsey?/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

August 1875/John Allen/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

August 1875/Henry Buckner/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer ****

22nd January 1876/Henry Buckner/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

22nd January 1876/Isaac Rosenberg/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

12th May 1877/F Rosenberg/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

12th May 1877/Robert John Hayes/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1878/Robert John Hayes/../../../Post Office Directory ***

10th January 1880/James Chamberlain/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

10th January 1880/Frances Annie Seaborne/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1881/Francis Ann Seabourne/Licensed Victualler, Widow/50/Harwich, Essex/Census ****

1881/Arthur Rend/Son, Licensed Victualler/22/Haggerstone, Middlesex/Census
1881/Frank Rend/Son, Licensed Victualler/21/Haggerstone, Middlesex/Census
1881/Flory Seabourne/Daughter/13/Whitechapel, Middlesex/Census
1881/Edward Seabourne/Son/8/Sidcup, Kent/Census

1882/Mrs Francis Ann Seabourne/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1884/George G Betjeman/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1886/George G Betjeman/../../../Business Directory of London ***

9th July 1892/Francis Sprag/Outgoing Licensee/../../East London Observer +

9th July 1892/Charlotte Reeves/Incoming Licensee/../../East London Observer +

1893/Charlotte Reeves / Public House Keeper/../../Proceedings of the Old Bailey **

1895/John McKinley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1899/John McKinley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1906/Richard J Davis/../../../Morris’ Business Directory of London ***

1910/Mrs Elizabeth Davis/../../../Kellys Directory ***

1911/Henry Levy Steingold/Licensed Victualler/28/London/Census ****
1911/Katie Levy Steingold/Wife, Assistant/28/Germany/Census
1911/Greta Levy Steingold/Daughter/1/London/Census
1911/Albert Levy Steingold/Son/2 months/London/Census
1911/Alf Strudwick/Barman/23/London/Census
1911/Elsie Chapman/Servant/15/Surrey/Census

1915/Henry Levy Steingold/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1921/Henry Levy Steingold/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1929/Henry Levy/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1937/Ernest Edwd. McHard/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1941/Ernest Edward McHard / Deceased, Died 19 April 1941/../../London Gazette, 10 December 1946 **
1941/Mary McHard / Deceased, Died 19 April 1941/../../London Gazette, 10 December 1946

What I need to understand is should I alter each page to make the site more interesting?

I am not sure what welse I can do to make the site more interesting as regards factual events to confirm that this pub existed at specific times in its life, and the changes in licensees.

That’s it really.

I think I have probably answered my own question. Each individual licensee record is relevant to someone interested in that person. Most people just want a picture, and an approximation of dates that a pub is open. They do not have the intellect to absorb more than this, why should they want to?]

Over the coming years, I may make a change to the way the site is built, but at the present, I will just leave it as it is, it’s pretty amazing already.