Battersea pub history, it just keeps coming

I run the pub history site which covers All of London and its suburban bits, i.e. the parts of London which were previously in the home counties, and now parts of London, and also were at times also listed as part of London. Confused?

Well, I am confused most of the time as to where I am researching, as there is very rarely a clear strand between random records of census, trade directories etc.

I have spent a lot of time researching this area, as have many others who have supplied records along the way and over the years. As I also cover most of the rest of the United Kingdom in some shape, I tend not to spend a lot of time in just one area, but recently I thought I would try and finish off Battersea pub history! I am always very confident in that a few more days will do this, even though I have been doing the same for the past 18 years – hey ho.

Now, I believe, I am getting close. And I keep finding new pubs which could not have existed for more than a few years, and then I find a pub named in 1853 and next in 1881, what’s going on.

And then there is the Red House, a pub in the middle of nowhere along the Thames, and opposite Chelsea. I closes about 1853. it is then covered over to remove all existence, a normal tale for many parts of London!

That’s Battersea pub history, covered in three sections, with most in the north west section, some in the east, and a bit in the southwest

Enough for now.


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  1. Dear Sir,

    While researching Hebrew book printing from the early 19th century, I stumbled upon a book which was “Published by Hyam Barnett, Hebrew Bookseller, Adam’s Court, New Court, Duke’s Place and I. Joseph, Sam’s Coffeehouse, Duke’s Place from 1806. The only place I found information on about Sam’s Coffeehouse was your wonderful website:

    I would like to reference this page in my writings. Could you please let me know how to cite it? A name of author and date of first publication would be highly appreciated.

    Also, would you happen to have any information concerning why this coffee house is mentioned on the titlepage of a Hebrew semi-liturgical work? I noticed that the publisher and the coffee house were located on the same street. Would this be a joint venture or an early form of advertisement? Do you know if this was common practice for pubs/ coffeehouses at that time? Any information you might have or suggestions could greatly help my research.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Avraham Roos

    1. Hello Avraham,
      I have updated the page for Sams coffee house which you refer to. I believe firstly that there are probable family ties between Isaac Joseph and Hyam Barnett, this is incidental. The early coffee houses offered many functions, including meeting places, postal addresses, share & trade dealings etc etc. A good example is that they were sometimes the fore-runners to the London stock exchange.
      I list quite a number of early coffeehouse on my London taverns site –
      If you wish to reference my pubwiki, a simple link will be fine.

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