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Duke of York, York Road, Brentford

Howard Webb provided this rare postcard view of the Duke of York. It has been used by someone to tot up a couple of sums and these appear to follow on from more sums on the back. There is probably an interesting story behind this ...

In the address section, in pencil:
Mr Mann
Duke of York

The card has not been posted. Perhaps the sums relate to estimates for work at the pub?

The Duke of York PH

As to dating the card: the Pub history and pub wiki website (link below) has an entry for the Duke of York. Listed amongst its publicans is Maurice R.C. Mann (1926 Post Office trade directory). In Kelly's 1933 directory John Andrews was the publican at the Duke of York: Maurice Mann had moved on.

Searches of electoral registers (Ancestry website ) found Maurice at the 'Duke of York Hotel' in autumn but not spring 1923 (Louis Charles Weber, Bertha Amy Weber and Elizabeth Sutton were here then). Maurice was recorded at the Duke of York until spring 1926 but no later.

The electoral register helpfully gives his full name: Maurice Rayner Charles Mann.

This made it easy to locate him in the 1911 census at 35 Junction Road, Ealing W:
Maurice Rayner Charles Mann, head, 31, married, Grocer, born Saxmundham, Suffolk
Lillie Elizabeth Mann, wife, 31, married six years(two children, both survived), Assist in business, Ipswich, Suffolk
Iris Lilian Mann, daughter, 5, Ealing, London
Doris Mann, daughter, 4, Ealing, London
Grace Mann, sister, 16, single, Nursemaid, Saxmundham, Suffolk

A scan of the Newspaper Archive (Findmypast ) found three references in the Middlesex County Times to Maurice Mann of Junction House, Junction Road South Ealing. First he was summoned for 'having allowed a dog to be on a highway without a collar" (2 February 1907) and then for "having sold bread in a manner other than by weight' (8 June 1907). Another dog-related piece seems likely to be him: Maurice Mann of "The Fox", Green Lane, Hanwell, was fined 1 for keeping a dog without a licence (10 July 1926).

Maurice Mann stayed in the licensing trade: in the 1939 Register he and his family were at 35 Dartmouth Road, Lewisham
Maurice R Mann, 1879, Licensed Victualler (own account)
Lillie E Mann, 1879, Unpaid Domestic Duties
Iris L Mann, 1905, Licensed Victualler's Assistant
Neville M Mann, 1919, Licensed Victualler's Assistant
Clifford C Mann, 1919, Licensed Victualler's Assistant
Maurice V Mann, 1922, Public House Bar Learning
Cyril T Claydon, 1909, Timber Trade & Builders Merchant Branch Manager
Doris Claydon, 1907, Licensed Victualler's Assistant

The next entry was for 'Bird-in-Hand Passage' and further searches shows 35 Dartmouth Road was the location of The Bird in Hand PH. Doris Claydon may be the younger daughter, now married.

Getting back to the postcard, it seems likely it was used some time between 1923 to 1926 when Mr Mann was at the Duke of York and the image most likely pre-dates 1926.


Pub history and pub wiki has a list of publicans here
RIBA has a great image from 1938 and the name of the architect:Nowell Parr. Read more about him.
The History of Brentford has a history of the pub and several photos
Photo of a charabanc outside the pub
Download Jim Storrar's The Pubs, Inns and Beer Houses of Brentford

Published July 2019