Sort file:- Greenwich, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 27 September, 2023.


Earliest 1843-

Loyal Briton

Latest 1966+

(Name to)

62 Thames Street (1 Horseferry Road 1871Census)


Old Loyal Briton

Above photo, 1938. Kindly sent by Paul Holmes.


The building has been there since the early 19th century and was possibly built as a fire station, though it's license appears to have been refused in 1846 it was selling beer by the 1850s.

It was renamed as the "Lone Sailor" some time after Francis Chichester’s single-handed voyage around the world in 1966-7 when his yacht Gypsy Moth was put on display not far from the Cutty Sark in 1968, remaining there until 2004, when she was restored and put back into sail.

The pub closed in the 1990s, later becoming the "SE10" restaurant and later had a brief time as a Chinese takeaway and gambling den, then in October of 2013 reopened again as a pub, called the "Old Loyal Britons." The lease was unfortunately only for a year, and it closed permanently in October 2014 to be replaced in 2018 by a large block of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments.


From the West Kent Guardian 1843.

Frances Haynes, landlady of the "Loyal Briton," beer house, and Henrietta Humphries, her niece, appeared to a summons charging them with abusive and defamatory language towards Alexander Milne, and Mary Cubitt, his housekeeper.


Kentish Mercury, Saturday 27 June 1846.

Licensing day.

The following persons have given notice of their intention to apply for spirit licences at the adjournment day.

Francis Haines, Thames Street, to be called the "Loyal Briton;"


From the Era, 4th May 1851.


26th, at her house, the Loyal Britons, Thames-street, Greenwich, Mrs Frances Haynes, aged 67 years.


Proved at London 12th May 1851.

Frances Haines:-

"This is the Last Will and Testament of me Frances Haines of the "Loyal Briton" Public House, Thames Street in the Parish of Greenwich and County of Kent.

Widow first & ..... that all my just debts funeral and testament expenses may be fully paid and satifies as soon as .......... to my niece Henrietta Brookes wife of Phillip John Brookes and daughter of my sister Elizabeth Humphreys late the wife and now the widow of Stephen Humphreys deceased and my....... unto my brother John Waters and my sisters the said Elizabeth Humphreys, Sophia Thomas wife of Edward Thomas , Catherine Brown wife of Benjamin George Brown, Harriot Edmondson wife of John Edmondson, Marina Vassey wife of George Vasey and Priscilla Hislop widow , the six daughters of my late father Emanuel Waters ... and between such of them as shall be living at the time of my death equally share and share alike if more than one of them .......... absolute and I hereby appoint my friend James Miller of Thames ... Greenwich aforesaid Builder and Victualler Sole Executor of this my Will before the ........."



HAINES Frances 26/Sept/1846 (Licence Refused)

BROOKES Philip John 1861-71+ (age 52 in 1861Census)

BROOKES Henry 1874-82+

BROOKS William 1891

BROOKS Henry 1891+ (age 43 in 1891Census)

HEWITT Walter 1901+ (age 38 in 1901Census)




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