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Royal Oak, 71 Princes Road, Plumstead SE18

Originally at 59 Princes Road, then at 71 Princes Road by 1901; the address changes to Barnfield Road by 1944; Princes Road is now called Herbert Place and is part of the Barnfield Gardens estate just off of Plumstead Commom Road, SE18. **

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Royal Oak, 71 Princes Road, Plumstead - Landlord W J Whitlock circa 1918-19

Royal Oak, 71 Princes Road, Plumstead - Landlord W J Whitlock circa 1918-19

W J Whitlock is third from the left with his wife along with other members of his family.

Kindly provided by John Carnaby

The people in the shot are as follows (left to right): An unknown person; my Great Uncle Alf, who was born in 1900 or so. He lived in Oval and passed away in the early 1960s as far as I know; next is WJ, his father; the scary looking lady is Great Grandma; then it's my Great Aunt Anne, who lived well into her 90s; then Great Aunt Mill (died in the late 1960s); an unknown woman; and William James junior (1905-88), my dad's dad, and universally known as "Pop". ** Note the window ad for Dunville's Whisky ("VR" - presumably Victoria Regina!). Dunville's is no longer made but was distilled in Belfast from 1870. "Martell Brandy" and "Dewar's" over the doors are of course familiar to everyone.

Residents at this address

1858/Edward Day/Beer Retailer/../../Melvilles Directory

1862/Edward Day/../../../Post Office Directory

1867/E Day/../../../Post Office Directory

1871/Edward Day/Publican/62/Chippenham, Wiltshire/Census *
1871/Martha Day/Wife/56/Forest Gate, Wiltshire/Census
1871/Emily Day/Daughter/23/Plumstead, Kent/Census
1871/Henry Melbourne Day/Son/17/Plumstead, Kent/Census

1874/Henry Sewell/../../../Post Office Directory

1881/Harriett Sewell/Publican, Widow/62/Wintash, Warwick/Census
1881/Harriett A Sewell/Daughter, Barmaid/31/Leamington, Warwick/Census
1881/Ann Bass/Sister Of Head, Widow/63/Wintash, Warwick/Census
1881/Harriett Wood/General Servant/23/Maidstone, Kent/Census

1882/Mrs Harriett Sewell/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Alfred Fludger/../../../Post Office Directory

1891/Alfred Fledger/Licensed Victualler/38/Woolwich, Kent/Census
1891/H Alice Fledger/Wife, Help/41/Leamington, Warwick/Census
1891/Willie Sewell/Nephew, Adopted Son/5/Plumstead, Kent/Census
1891/Ann Bass/Widow/72/Leamington, Warwick/Census
1891/Ada Pullen/Barmaid/20/Plumstead, Kent/Census

1896/Alfred Fludger/../../../Post Office Directory

1901/Edmund George Pratt/../../../Post Office Directory

1901/Edmund G Pratt/Licensed Victualler/41/Isleworth, London/Census
1901/Alice M Pratt/Wife/41/Hertford, Hertfordshire/Census
1901/Edmund C Pratt/Son, Merchant Hosier Apprentice/15/Battersea, London/Census
1901/Constance M Pratt/Daughter/14/Battersea, London/Census

1904/Charles Allen/../../../Post Office Directory

1908/Frederick Barnes/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Thomas W Terrett/../../../Post Office Directory

1911 - 1913/Thomas William Terrett/../../../Electoral Register

The WJ Whitlock whose name was above the door was my paternal great grandfather. William James "WJ" Whitlock (1860 - 1940) ran two pubs in London - one in Plumstead and the other in Shoreditch/Hoxton.
Both are gone now which is a pity - the old family tale is that William sold up sometime in the late '20s/early '30s and both pubs were bombed in the War. WJ must have done OK, as he left £4,000 (a considerable sum back then) in his will when he died in 1940.
The picture of The Royal Oak at 71, Princes Road, Plumstead was taken in around 1918-19.  The other pub WJ owned was also called the Royal Oak, and was at 72 Pitfield Street N1. Records show he acquired the pub in 1899. **

1919/William James Whitlock/../../../Post Office Directory

1934/William Thomas Ellis/../../../Kellys Directory

1938/William Thomas Ellis/../../../Post Office Directory

1944/William Thomas Ellis/../../../Post Office Directory


* Provided By Christine Caroppo

** Provided By Kevin Whitlock

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