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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1757-

George Inn

Latest ????

 

Lewisham

George Inn 1830

Above painting, circa 1830.

George 1870

Above postcard, circa 1870, kindly sent by James Fribbins.

 

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 4 February, 1860.

SUICIDE OF A POLICE CONSTABLE

Charles Davis, a constable of the R or Greenwich division of police, committed suicide on Thursday morning by cutting his throat in the garden of Mr. Astendech, a gentleman residing at Lewisham. An inquest was held on  Friday last, at the "George Inn," on the body of deceased. It appeared that on the 18th of the present month the deceased was spoken to by a gentleman at Lewisham respecting his being the father of a child with which his servant was then exciente, which he did not deny, and respecting which the gentleman stated he should speak to Mr. Traill, the magistrate, and write to the police commissioner. having been in the force a period of twenty years, such a complaint would have had the effect of depriving him of a pension which he would otherwise have been entitled, as there was a supposition in his mind that this would lead to his dismissal from the force. On Tuesday, the 24th instant, he left the Lewisham station, and called at several public-houses in the neighbourhood, the last of which was the "Spotted Cow," Hither Green. This was shortly before eight o'clock in the evening, and having proceeded into a back garden he quickly returned, remarking to the landlord that a person had frightened him. From this time nothing more was seen of him till eleven o'clock on Thursday morning, the 26th instant, when the gardener of Mr. Athendeck, a gentleman residing at Lewisham, was working in his master's garden. Having a small dog with him the animal kept running to and from the summer-house and appeared uneasy. The gardener, suspected that a sheep had strayed into the place, went to look, and was horrified at perceiving the deceased sitting in the corner of the summer-house, with his coat drawn over his head and his throat cut in a shocking manner. There was evident signs that the deceased must have struggled between life and death for some time, as there was a pool of blood in the summer-house some distance from where he was found, and also in another part, whilst he appears to have used his pocket handkerchief to stop the bleeding from the wound, after wiping the razor clean with which he committed the fatal injury, and replacing it in his coat pocket. On his person was found a letter proved to have been written as far back as the 18th inst. (the day on which he was spoken to about the child (addressed to his sister, and in which he expressed an intention of destroying himself. To have got to the summer-house he must not only have crossed a ditch, but got over a hedge also.

The Jury returned a verdict of "Temporary insanity."

Deceased was 40 years of age.

 

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Further information sent to me from Stevesw19 shows a passage from a 1757 document, (The George 1770) mentions the burial of Charles Ward servant to Mr Smith at the George so assume a Mr Smith was the Landlord in 1757. Seems he died age 70 in 1799, but it is unknown whether he was still the licensee. I am going to assume he was.

 

Buried.

4 Jan 1799 William Smith (Late Landlord of the George) - Aged 70 - Died at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch.

 

LICENSEE LIST

SMITH William 1757-4/Jan/1799 (dec'd age 70)

HENDON Edward 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CANFOR Sarah 1841+ (age 36 in 1841Census)

JONES James 1851-Nov/60 (age 56 in 1851Census)

COLE Robert Nov/1860+

GAMON Benjamin Richard 1866+

 

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

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