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Earliest 1849

London Tavern

Latest 1849+




I am assuming that this pub is in Wateringbury, but the only reference I have seen to it at present is from the following account.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 14 August 1849.


The christening of the son and heir of S. L. Lancaster Lucas, Esq., took place on Tuesday last accompanied with great rejoicings. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry Stephens, vicar, the sponsors being the Hon. and Rev. Henry Stevens and Lady Grey de Ruthven, and William Poynder, Esq., of Snodland. A large party of Mr. Lucas' friends and principal tenants were invited on the occasion, and to the number of about 80 dined in the hall, a sumptuous banquet being provided by Messrs. Gunter, of the "London Tavern." At the same time about 700 of the parishioners, including all over 18 years of age, were regaled in a spacious booth with a handsome entertainment, supplied in an excellent manner by Mr. Harris, of the "Kings Head." Three pounds of meat, and an ad libitum supply of final, were allowed to each guest, and a similar supply was sent to the labourers on Mr. Lucas' estates at Hollingbourne, Bearsted, and Yalding. The Cavalry depot band was in attendance, and greatly enhance the gaiety of the scene. In the evening there was a magnificent display of fireworks prepared by the pyrotechnic artist of Vauxhall. The general company then retired, but the party at the house, with numerous additions from the neighbourhood, including the Baroness Le Despencer, E. Boscawen, Esq., &c, &c, concluded the festivity with a ball, which was kept up with great spirit for some hours. Everything went off well, and everybody enjoyed themselves to the utmost.



Dail Whiting contacted me to say the following:- I notice you have The London Tavern, which you assume was situated in Wateringbury, but there never has been a pub by that name here. I notice that the Christening party includes Samuel Lucas Lancaster Lucas, who lived at Wateringbury Place, Canon Lane, the Rev' Henry Stevens who lived at the White House close to the south west corner of the crossroads, Richard Harris publican of the "Kings Head" on the south east corner of the crossroads, now gone, and other Wateringbury names. Most functions back in the 19th century were held at the "Kings Head Hotel." I can't understand why this party of local gentry should travel outside the village.




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