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Brentford Pubs A-Z

The following A-Z list of public houses was compiled for the Brentford Local History Day, June 4 2011, the theme being 'Pubs and Inns in and around Brentford'.

See Diane Lockie's photos from the day, showing displays and visitors, at flickr: search under 'people' for 'chiswick 28'.

If you had an ancestor who ran an inn, hotel, pub or beerhouse you may be able to find photos or postcards showing the property. You may also find the history of the property has been researched and published.

Your beer retailer ancestor may also be mentioned as a witness in an Old Bailey trial (1674 - 1913: see Web Links for a link to this free web site). For example, the trial of Richard Pearce of Brentford in 1883 for 'Feloniously throwing Kate Pearce into a canal, with intent to murder her' mentions Robert Bee 'I live at Brentford ... I am a beerhouse keeper, which I attend to when my newspaper business is over, at 10 o'clock' and 'Mr. Van's public-house, the Black Boy'.

The details of Robert Bee helps explain why ancestors sometimes appear as a beer retailer and on other occasions with a diffrent occupation in censuses and directories: the beer house may have been just an evening occupation, worth including in a trade directory but the day job may have been a more important source of regular income and noted in census returns.

To find out more about the pub with a High Street address, look-up the High Street no. (from the first column) in the Properties: High Street page. It is also worth looking at local history books and local websites: pub photos are often included and sometimes a brief history.

Information has been taken from 1841 - 1911 censuses, trade directories (1826, 1839, 1845, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1866, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1890, 1898, 1907, 1913, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1940), 'Brentford & Chiswick Pubs' by Gillian Clegg, research by Mary Blyth, information from Mr Harrison (at the Local History Day 2011), information provided by descendants and a 1914 newspaper article about a collection made by tenants of Royal Brewery pubs for the Prince of Wales' National Relief Fund.

Address Name From To History, including re-namings Brewery
Albany Rd Albany Arms pre 1853?   Rebuilt in 1900Royal Brewery Brentford
307 High St Alexandra pre 1871 post 1913   
179 High St Alton Arms pre 1841 post 1853 Renamed 'Watermans Arms' by 1871 
London Rd Angel pre 1557 1989 See "Park Tavern" for later history  
361 High St Barge Aground 1732 1960 Rebuilt in 1777 & 1902; part of premises sold to Gas Works in 1924; demolished early 1960s Fuller Smith & Turner
98 High St Barleycorn pre 1851 1908   Sich
227 High St Beehive pre 1851   Rebuilt 1907 Fuller Smith & Turner
? Bell pre 1791 post 1791 Only found in 1791 Wilkes Directory (John Andrews & James Turner); could be Bell & Crown at Strand on the Green?  
87 High St Black Boy & Still pre 1826 pre 1928   Fuller Smith & Turner
140, later 141 High St Black Boys pre 1826 between 1882 & 1890 Also known as "Two Black Boys"  
350 High St? Black Bull     Only reference is 1851 PO Directory (Mrs Elizabeth Taylor), assume this is same as "Bull"  
22 High St Brewery Tap 1853 1926 Originally Royal Brewery Tap; closed to make way for Gas Works extension Royal Brewery Brentford
21 Catherine Wheel Yard Brewery Tap pre 1874   Rebuilt 1928  
69 Ealing Rd Bricklayers' Arms pre 1853      
High St OB Britannia pre 1853 post 1853 Appears in Mason's directory  
350 High St Bull pre 1614 closed around 1961   Fuller Smith & Turner
Ferry Lane Bunch of Grapes 1880 1922    
267 High St Cannon pre 1797 between 1882 & 1890    
3 High St Captain Morgans     Previously "Royal Tar", currently "O'Riordans"  
74 New Rd Carpenters Arms pre 1871 post 1882    
208 High St Castle Hotel C17 closed 1936 Formerly the "Harrow"; rebuilt 1823 following a fire  
94 High St Catherine Wheel pre 1797 between 1907 & 1911   Fuller Smith & Turner
Brentford End Coach & Horses pre 1953 post 1853 In Mason's directory  
224 High St Crown & Anchor pre 1855 post 1881 Demolished between 1881 & 1890 when next door Bank extended  
319 High St Drum 17C demolished 1921 Not listed in 1907 trade directory Fuller's
247 High St Duke of Cambridge pre 1861 between 1907 & 1911   Fuller Smith & Turner
York Rd Duke of York pre 1898   Renamed "New England" in 2001 Royal Brewery Brentford
56 Kew Bridge Rd Express pre 1874      
232 Feathers pre 1693 closed 1960s Demolished early 1980s Fuller Smith & Turner
? Ferry House pre 1791 post 1791 Only ref: 1791 Wilkes Directory (Mrs Keen victualler)  
384 High St Fox & Hounds 1778 closed around 1919   Brandons Putney Brewery
50 High St George IV pre 1826 closed around 1931 "George III" in 1791 directory (William Male, victualler), not clear if same property; demolished early 1950s Royal Brewery Brentford
29 London Rd George & Dragon pre 1815      
104 Windmill Road Globe pre 1871   Address: 61 Windmill Rd pre 1901  
? Goat pre 1791 post 1791 Only ref: 1791 Wilkes Directory (Benjamin Hilliard victualler)  
166 High St Grand Junction Arms pre 1851 between 1907 & 1911   Charrington
20 London Rd Green Dragon pre 1898 post 1898 1998 PO directory  
Brook Road South Griffin pre 1883   rebuilt in 1903 Fuller, Smith & Turner
55 London Rd Half Moon & Crown pre 1853 post 1901 AKA "Half Moon" & "Half Moon & Stars"  
25 High St Half Moon & Seven Stars 1759 closed around 1903    
378 High St Hand & Flower 1765 closed around 1904 In the 1911 census this area was occupied by Gas Works buildings Fuller's
208 High St Harrow C17 closed 1936 Later the "Castle Hotel"  
Brookshot Rd Hope & Anchor pre 1851 post 1882? Not found in 1861 or 1881 census but in 1871 census and 1882 directory  
London Rd Iron Bridge Inn pre 1891 post 1891 Found in census  
Bridge NB Jolly Boatman pre 1853 post 1853 In Mason's diectory  
Drum Lane (Ealing Rd) Jolly Gardeners pre 1851 post 1871 In 1851 PO Directory (William Lee) & 1871 census (Edward Padbury)  
273 High St King's Arms pre 1826 between 1901 & 1907 Possibly the "Great Kings Arms" 1792; recorded as "Kings Head" in 1845Royal Brewery Brentford
19 Boston Rd/Orchard Rd King's Arms pre 1840   Possibly the "Little Kings Arms" 1792 Watneys in 1972
  King's Head     See "Kings Arms", 273 High Street  
409 High St Lamb pre 1871 between 1907 & 1911    
154 High St Lord Nelson pre 1839 1904    
152 High St Magnet pre 1881 1955 Demolished 1980s Royal Brewery Brentford
128 High St Magpie & Crown 1614      
124 High St Magpie & Stump pre 1826 between 1901 & 1907 Lock-up shop in 1911 census; building demolished to make way for County Parade 1950s 
369 High St Marquis of Granby 1772 closed 1903 Demolished when Gas Works extended  
? Moon Raker     Only ref: 1791 Wilkes Directory (William Smith victualler)  
1 New Road New Inn pe 1853     Royal Brewery
(New) North Rd North Star pre 18532002? Demolished in 2002 Royal Brewery
11 London Rd Northumberland Arms pre 1853     
254 High St One Tun pre 1787 demolished 1905 Was called "Two (or Jolly) Sawyers"; then "Chopping Knife & Tun"; known as the One Tun by 1791Fuller's (from photo (B92))
3 High St O'Riordans pre 1851   Previously "Royal Tar", then "Captain Morgans"  
18 Kew Bridge Rd Oxford & Cambridge 1867 1923 "Poplar Inn" until 1867 Royal Brewery
London Rd Park Tavern pre 1557 2002 Originally "Angel"; rebuilt 1935; renamed "Park Tavern" 1989; demolished 2002  
22 New Rd Patriot pre 1896 post 1896 Info provided Mr Harrison - 1896 directory; previously "Strawberry House"  
24 Kew Bridge Rd Plough pre 1853   Demolished 2000 Royal Brewery
18 Kew Bridge Poplar Inn pre 1839 1867 In 1866 PO directory (Mrs Caroline Perry)  
Pottery Rd / Clayponds Lane Pottery Arms pre 1888   Rebuilt 1921/2 Fuller Smith & Turner
346 High St Prince of Wales pre 1826 closed 1908 Previously "Sheepskin Alehouse", then "Running Horses"; known as "Prince of Wales" by 1848 Fuller Smith & Turner
Ealing Lane Prince of Wales     Only ref: 1866 PO directory (Thomas William Holland)  
107 Ealing Rd Princess Royal 1841   Rebuilt 1921 
366 High St Queens Arms pre 1866 post 1882 Gone by 1891 census  
Orchard Rd Railway Arms 1853 1853 In Masons directory; could be "King's Arms"?  
197 High St Red Lion (New Brentford) C15 1928   Truman, Hanbury, Buxton
318 High St Red Lion (Old Brentford) pre 1669 closed 1965 Rebuilt in 1907; in 1851 PO directory "Old Red Lion" (Mrs Elizabeth Saunders) Fuller Smith & Turner
322 High St Red Lion (Old Brentford) 1965 1996 Built to replace the "Red Lion" at 318; demolished 1996 Fuller Smith & Turner
High St OB Retort 1853 1853 In Mason's directory Fuller Smith & Turner
68, 69 High St Rising Sun 1763 1959   Fuller Smith & Turner
around 101 High St Rose and Crown 1792 1792 1792 Survey of New Brentford  
23 High St Royal Brewery 1735 1926 Originally "British Brewery"; renamed "Red Lion Brewery" in 1825; later "Royal Brewery"  
23 Ealing Road Royal Horseguardsman 1888   In 1901 census Ashby's Staines Brewery
26, 27 High St Royal Hotel 1828 demolished 1927 Built by Felix Booth Royal Brewery Brentford
38, 39 New Rd Royal Oak pre 1871 post 1896 On corner of Griffin football ground; founded 1787 according to signage; originally just standard corner property, later (post 1894 OS map) expanded into New Road properties Royal Brewery
3 High St Royal Tar pre 1845   More recently renamed "O'Riordans", then "Captain Morgans" Ashby's Staines Brewery
346 High St Running Horses pre 1826 closed 1908 Previously "Sheepskin Alehouse", later "Prince of Wales"; appears as "Running Horses" in directories for 1826 & 1839 
401 High St Salutation 1727 closed 1919 Building remained until at least 1945 Fuller Smith & Turner
32 Half Acre Seven Stars pre 1761 1905 Demolished 1905  
346 High St Sheepskin Alehouse pre 1826   Later "Running Horses", then "Prince of Wales" 
149 High St Six Bells 1722   Rebuilt in 1904 Fuller Smith & Turner
15 Half Acre Standard pre 1853 1897 Demolished 1897  
Kew Bridge Rd Star & Garter pre 1791      
Ealing Rd Strawberry House ? ?    
22 New Rd Strawberry House pre 1871 post 1896 "The Patriot" by 1896  
Smith Hill Swan       Painting on display at Local History Day 2011
195 High St Three Pigeons C15 1915 Building demolished 1950 Charrington
Brentford Ait Three Swans pre 1777 early C19 Closed early 19th century (shown on 1777 Ealing parish map)  
140, later 141 High St Two Black Boys pre 1826 between 1882 & 1890 Also known as just "Black Boys", eg 1851 & 1881 censuses  
32 Ealing Road Volunteer pre 1878 post 1901 1878 address: 79 Ealing Lane  
26 or 28 Kew Bridge Road Waggon & Horses pre 1759   Rebuilt 1937/8  
179 High St Waterman's Arms pre 1841 between 1907 & 1911 Previously the "Alton Arms" (1845, 1853) 
5 Catherine Wheel Yd Waterman's Arms pre 1874 post 1882    
Ferry Lane Waterman's Arms pre 1751   Rebuilt in C20  
Market Place Weir (The) 2004   Formerly "White Horse"  
Windmill Lane White Hart pre 1791 post 1898    
Market Place White Horse pre 1603   Renamed "Weir" in 2004 Fuller, Smith & Turner from 1863; later sold to Charrington's; now privately owned
? Wilkes's Head pre 1791 post 1791 Only ref: 1791 Wilkes Directory (Aaron Wyatt victualler)  
Orchard Rd Windmill pre 1853 1999  Bass Charrington in 1974

Published June 2011; updated February 2017

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