Pubs. Red Lion, High Street

This is taken from the great history of Essex pubs that was compiled by the late Ian Hunter. Kevan now looks after it all. I’m very grateful to him for providing me with the Witham information, and allowing me to include it here.

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1977 whilst known as Farthings. Provided by Janet Gyford

The original Red Lion was in a different location, on what is now 68 Newland Street (above and below). The current premises (bottom) have “only” been so called since around 1800, prior to which it was known as the Black Boy.

9th February 2001
9th January 2001
Known residents, from the census returns and directories
Year Publican or other Resident Relationship to Head and or Occupation Age Where Born Source
1822 Elizabeth (nee Cotton) Blaxall Pigot’s*
1823-4 Elizabeth (nee Cotton) Blaxall Pigot’s*
Elizabeth Cotton married James Blaxall in 1791 in London. James & Elizabeth had 5 known children: Lucy, Mary, James William, Elizabeth & Charlotte.
1839 Robert Dennis Pigot’s*
1845 Samuel Gordon Post Office
1848 John Ward White’s
1851 John Ward Innkeeper 55 Bocking, Essex Census**
Hannah Ward Wife 54 Witham, Essex Census**
Thomas Ward Son, Assistant 26 Witham, Essex Census**
Emma Ward Daughter, Assistant 21 Witham, Essex Census**
William Ward Son, Carman 19 Witham, Essex Census**
Amelia Ward Son’s Wife 27 Witham, Essex Census**
Amelia Ward Granddaughter 1 Witham, Essex Census**
George Russell Lodger, Labourer 46 Coggeshall, Essex Census**
William Fryall Lodger, Labourer 16 Witham, Essex Census**
James Green Lodger, Tailor 28 Hedington, Essex Census**
1852 J. Ward Kelly’s*
1855 Mrs. H. Ward Kelly’s*
1862 Mrs. Hannah Ward Kelly’s
1870 Mrs. Hannah Ward Kelly’s
1871 Mrs. Hannah Ward Post Office
1878 Joseph William Blake Kelly’s
1881 Samuel Handley Innkeeper 57 Braintree, Essex Census
Alice Handley Daughter 26 Witham, Essex Census
William Goodey Lodger, Hawker 49 Halstead, Essex Census
Mary Ann Goodey Lodger, Hawker 46 St. Ives, Huntington Census
Mary Ann Goodey Lodger, Hawker 20 Thaxted, Essex Census
1882 Samuel Handley Kelly’s
1891 Samuel Handley Publican 67 Braintree, Essex Census***
Alice Handley Daughter, Housekeeper 35 Witham, Essex Census***
Susan Gant Boarder, Living on her own means 69 Wareham, Norfolk Census***
Jell Coker Boarder, Agricultural Labourer 38? Tolleshunt Knights, Essex Census***
Joseph Coleman Boarder, Bricklayers Labourer 23 Ipswich, Suffolk Census***
Mary Ann Coleman Boarder 26 Kings Lynn, Norfolk Census***
1894 Frederick Askew Kelly’s
1917 Mrs. Catherine Bull Kelly’s
1933 Mrs. Bertha Poole Kelly’s

* Provided by the Pubs, Inns and Taverns Index for England, 1801-1900

** Provided by Angela Ward, the Great, Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of James & Elizabeth Blaxall

*** Provided by CG

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