Sort file:- Woolwich, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 16 March, 2021.


Earliest 1823-

(Name to)

Crown and Anchor

Latest ????

(Name from)

33 High Street


Crown and Anchor 1910

Above photo circa 1910. Also shown is the "Crown and Cushion," centre right.

Crown and Anchor 1940s

Above photo, circa 1940. Shown right.

Crown and Anchor 1940

Above photo, circa late 1940s.


Pigot's Directory of 1832 it was listed under Taverns and Public Houses.

The building was rebuilt in 1860.

Further research tells me that it was demolished to make way for the Waterfront Leisure Centre, in 1974.

Amanda Barry tells me that according to the census of 1881, the premises listed as 33 High Street was called the "Who'd Have Thought It," so if that information is correct, it must have changed name and back again for some reason around that time.


The Kentish independent and County Advertiser, Woolwich, Saturday, 28th May 1853.

Borough of Greenwich.

Threatened Disfranchisement of Dockyard and Arsenal Voters.

At a meeting of Gentlemen of all Parties in politics, held at the "Crown and Anchor Tavern," Woolwich, on Thursday, 26th of May, Mr. A. B. Wilson in the chair, it was proposed by Mr. Joseph Grisbrook, seconded by Mr. Maynard, and unanimously resolved that the following petition should be presented to the House of Commons, in opposition to the measure intended to be submitted by Lord John Russell for the Disfranchisement of the electors employed in Her Majesty's Dockyards and Arsenals.

"To The Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The humble Petitioners of the Inhabitants of Woolwich, in the county of Kent, and it's vicinity.


"That your Petitioners understand that notice has been given for leave to bring a bill into your honourable house, having for its object the disfranchisement of such Electors as are officially engaged in Her Majesty's Dockyards and Arsenals.

"That a large portion of the Electors resides resident in Woolwich and it's neighbourhood are employed in the Royal Dockyard, Royal Arsenal, and other Government establishments; and your petitioners conceive that such a measure will, if allowed to pass into a law, be an act of great injustice towards the electors so employed, because it seeks to deprive them of a franchise which they have exercised for a great number of years in common right with all others of Her Majesty's subjects possessed of the requisite qualification.

"That your petitioners feel that the deprivation of the privilege hitherto exercised by any portion of the electors in right of property obtained for their own industry will materially tend to diminish confidence and those who formed such portion of the electors, and be the means of destroying an independence heretofore existing amongst the persons employed in such public departments, and take from them the common rights given to all Englishman by virtue of the existing laws, and that cases will frequently arise when some may be deprived of their franchise while so employed, and having afterwards left the establishment, will still be deprived for a time of the exercise of such a constitutional rights.

"That in the opinion of your petitioners, such a law would be harsh and unjust, and is not called for by any public necessity.

"Your petitioners therefore humbly pray.

"That for the reasons above set forth, you're honourable House will be pleased to reject such Bill.

"And your petitioners will ever pray, &c.

Proposed by Mr. W. P. Jackson, seconded by Mr. J. Champion and resolved unanimously.

"That Peter Rolt Esq, M.P. be requested to present the petition and that he and Montague Chambers Esq., M.P. be requested to support it."

The chairman having vacated the chair, votes of thanks were passed to that gentleman, and to W. H. Carter, Esq., the Hon. Sec., for their services on the occasion.

The Petition will lie for signatures till Tuesday evening next at the following places, viz:-

Mr. Black's Library, Powis Street.

Mr. Rozon's Library, Beresford Square.

Mr. Sergent's Library, High Street.

Mr. Boddy's Library, Artillery Place.

Mr. Grant's stationer, King Street.

Mr. Mockle's, news-vender, George Street.

Mr. Clothier's, baker, Albion Road.

The Kentish Independent Office, Wellington Street.

The "Crown and Anchor Tavern," High Street.

The "Ship Tavern," George Street.

The "Swan Inn," Old Charlton.

The "George Inn," Old Charlton.

The "Sussex Arms," Plumstead Road.


The Kentish Independent, Saturday, 10 July, 1880.

The Wrong Man.

Michael Higgins, labourer of 3, Rodney Street, Woolwich, was charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the "Crown and Anchor" public house, Market Head, and also with tearing the barman's trousers.

The barman said on the previous evening the prisoner came into the bar and created a disturbance, when he put him out and gave him in charge. He called a witness who corroborated his statement.

Prisoner said he went into the house with a friend and was having a drink, when a man came in and said he would speak three different sorts of French. He asked the man the meaning of two or three French words, but he could not answer him. He called prisoner dreadful names, when the barman jumped over the counter and put him (prisoner) out.

Police Constable Dennen, 151 R, said the prisoner was very drunk and violent.

Two witnesses for the defence said the barman had turned out the wrong man; and Mr. Marsham discharged him as he was not known to the police.



HANNEFORD Samuel 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823

HANNEFORD Matilda 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HANNAFORD Sarah Mrs 1852-May/53

WHITE Frederick May/1853-58+

SUTTON Charles Thomas 1866+

CARTER L & J 1874+

AILLUD John 1882-91+ (age 46 in 1891Census)

WEST William 1896-1901+ (age 36 in 1901Census)

PUSEY Alfred Edward 1905-21+

STANLEY John 1934-44+


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

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



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