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The Hope and Anchor

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NAME HOPE AND ANCHOR
ALTERNATIVE NAMES HOPE TAVERN
ADDRESS 38 SHERBOURNE STREET, SPON END

In this name hope may have been used in the sense of a small bay. In christian symbolism the anchor is the sign of hope. The spare anchor on a ship was often called the 'hope anchor'.

In 1822/23 J. S. Eburne is listed as licensee of the Hope Tavern, with no address given. We think it may be this pub.

This was known to be a home brew pub until 1920.

In 1841 see the BEERHOUSE, Spon End, Wilson. Note the remarkable longevity of James Thompson, who spent 52 years at the same pub. Also the various trades persued by licensees, not only brewer but also ropemaker and watchmaker finisher.

It closed on 15.11.1940, so war damage then.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 J. S. Eburne (Hope Tavern)
1835 - 1841 Charles Wilson
1845 S. Russell
1850 - 1851 William Palmer ropemaker
1861 Ezekiel Saunders. His daughter Ann, married James Thompson (below) in 1856. She died in 1858, but James and his son (also James) takes over from Ezekial in 1868. Thanks toMalcolm Sanders forthe additional info.
1868 - 1920 James Thompson watchmaker finisher & brewer
1921 - 1932 F. Laugharne
1933 - 1940 P. A. Clarke
Brewers;
1871 - 1920 James Thompson

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Dict PN The pub name was no doubt suggested by the place name that uses

' hope ' in the sense of ' small bay '. in Christian symbolism the anchor is the symbol of hope. At Hebrews 6:19 we find ' Hope we have as anchor of the soul '. The spare anchor on a ship was often called the ' hope anchor '.

1822/23 Pigot J. S. Eburne at the HOPE TAVERN, no address. This may be the same pub

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1856 Source 57 Ezekiel Sanders daughter, Ann, married James Thompson in 1856. She died in 1858

1861 - 1868 Source 57 Licensee Ezekiel Sanders

1868 Source 57 James Tho,psom & his son ( also James ) takes over from Ezekiel Sanders as watch finisher & brewer

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P45 HOPE AND ANCHOR, Sherbourne Street Alehouse
Owner : James Thompson
Licensee : James Thompson
6.1.1898 TOL to Eliza Thompson
14.4.1898 TOL to James Thompson

to 1920 Friedrich Home brewery

15.11.1940 JA16 Closed

LICENSEES

1835 Pigot Charles Wilson

1841 Pigot Charles Wilson

1841 Census Charles Wilson 65 yo not b Wks alone

1845 Kelly S. Russell

1850 CS William Palmer [ & 3d, 1s

1851 Census William Palmer 30 yo ropemaker & victualler b Coventry m Ann, 47

1861 Census Ezekiel Saunders 50 yo b Ansty m Harriet, 50 & 2d, 1s, 1gs

1868 Source 57 Ezekiel Sanders

1868 Source 57 James Tho,psom watch finisher & brewer

1868 Buchanan J. Thompson

23.11.1868 Lantern James Thompson

1871 Census James Thompson 36 yo watchmaker finisher & brewer b Coventry

1874 C&B J. Thompson [ m Eliza, 43 & 1s, 1 sister-in-law
1878 LJ Vol 1 P45 James Thompson
1879 Stevens James Thompson

1881 C&B J. Thompson

1886 C&B J. Thompson

1890/91 R&G J. Thompson

1893 Reporter J. Thompson

1894 R&G J. Thompson

1896 R&G J. Thompson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P45 James Thompson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P45 Eliza Thompson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P45 James Thompson son of James Thompson senior
1903 R&G J. Thompson

1905 R&G J. Thompson

1909 R&G J. Thompson

1911/12 Spennell J. Thompson

1912/13 Spennell J. Thompson

1919 Spennell James Thompson

1921/22 Spennell F. Laugharne

1924 Spennell F. Laugharne

1926/27 Spennell F. Laugharne

1929 Spennell F. Laugharne

1931/32 Spennell F. Laugharne

1933/34 Spennell P. A. Clarke

1935/36 Spennell P. A. Clarke

1937/38 Spennell P. A. Clarke

1939/40 Spennell P. A. Clarke

BREWERS

1868 Source 57 Ezekiel Sanders

1868 Source 57 James Tho,psom watch finisher & brewer

1871 Census James Thompson junior
1914 WB P20 James Thompson

1920 Friedrich James Thompson

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P45 James Thompson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P45 James Thompson

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