Sort file:- Woolwich, March, 2021.

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2 Beresford Square (Greens End 1832)


Salutation 1918

Above postcard 1918, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.

Salutation 1919

Above photo 1919, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.

Salutation 1940s

Above photo 1940s, by kind permission Chris Mansfield.


The later day building shown in the pictures above was built in 1892-93, but the name can be traced back to as early as 1832 to date.


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Kentish Mercury, Saturday 9 January 1841.

Woolwich. Mortality among the convicts.

The inquest, held at the "Salutation," Woolwich, in the 29th ultimo, on the bodies of 7 convicts, has been noticed in the Times, and subsequently taken up for the editor of the Lancet. We deem it well to lay before our readers the real state of the case.

Thomas Palmer, age 26, died of chronic diarrhoea.

Joseph Branch, age 66, died of bronchitis.

Joseph Edwards, age 25, died of fever.

James Smith, age 18, died of consumption.

John Beach, age 23, died of fever.

John Hollingsworth, age 48, died of fever.

James Batchelor, age 42, died of decayed constitution.

There is nothing in this list that seems to point out the necessity of any very searching inquiry. The general dietary appeared quite satisfactory to the jury. The convicts, from the evidence, are allowed an extra Guernsey frock, during the inclement season an extra blanket, and are permitted to use any other warm clothing with which they may be conveniently provided. In the hospital, which is a vessel separate from the shore, no restriction as to diet is made, except such as the surgeon deems wise. Mr. Bossey, the medical officer of the Warrior, gave a most satisfactory testimony from his journal of the treatments of the convicts in the hospital. The mortality, 3%, among the convicts, is by no means great, considering how enfeebled the constitutions become by early depraved habits. While we are anxious to avoid the suspicion of screening any authorities in the improper exercise of power, we would avoid heaping on them even the suspicion of unmerited censor.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 1 June 1841.


On Thursday evening an inquest was held at the "Salutation Tavern" Arsenal Gates, Woolwich before Mr. C. J. Carttar, and a respectable jury, on the bodies of the following convicts, viz. William Brown, aged32, convicted at Peterborough, and sentenced to 7 years' transportation; John Braddock, aged 31, convicted at Knutsford, Cheshire, and sentenced to 7 years' transportation; Nathaniel Welton, age 42, convicted at Ipswich, and sentence 7 years' transportation; Beujah Blaun, aged 35, convicted at Stafford, and sentenced to 7 years' transportation. Doctors hope and Bossey stated that every attention have been paid to deceased while under their care. Brown was ill six months and died on the 18th inst. of pulmonary consumption. Braddock had been ill a fortnight, and died of influenza on the 18th. Welton ill three weeks, and died of diabetes, 19th inst; and Brown, ill eight days, and died of erysipelas and inflammation, on the 19th inst. The jury returned verdicts in accordance with the medical testimony.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 June 1841.


On Saturday an inquest was held at the "Salutation Tavern," Woolwich, on the bodies of six more convicts who had died within the last few days on board the Justices hospital ship. Dr. Hope said that every possible attention and kindness had been paid to them during the time they were under his charge. Their deaths were the result of natural causes, and chiefly from the affections of the chest. Their bodies presented an appearance of great emaciation. The jury returned in each case a verdict of "Natural Death."


Kentish Independent, 09 September 1865.



Henry Evans, 34, a costermonger, from Walworth, was charged on remand with causing the death of Albert Sweeney and serious injury to William Burley, by allowing his horse and cart to run over them in Beresford Square, Woolwich, on Monday week.

The result of the inquest held on the previous Thursday when an open verdict was returned, was reported to the magistrate.

A fresh witness, George Meekham, was called, who said that he was standing by the "Salutation," 50 yards off when the pony started from the "Elephant and Castle." He believed that the pony was frightened by a boy raising his hands, and was confident that the bridle was off the horse's head then. He saw one child knocked down in the Square, and another, the deceased, crushed against the horse-trough at the "Mortar."

The witness Rankin was recalled and said he was positive that the pony had the bridle on when he started and also when he was stopped but it came off afterwards.

Dr. Coleman said that the accident occurred close to his house, and the children were carried into his surgery. The cart was upset at the "Mortar" and the horse broke away, running some distance along the road. Some of the harness was disengaged, but he did not notice the bit and bridle.

Rankin said the reins were broken, which would not have been the case if the bridle was off. He took the pony from the man who stopped it and it had the bridle on it then.

Frederick Wood, who stopped the pony, expressed an opinion that the bridle was not on the head at that time.

Mr. Traill said that point was of little consequence as affecting the prisoner. He had no doubt been guilty of a certain amount of carelessness, but not amounting to criminality. He was, however, undoubtedly liable to the ordinary penalty of 40s. and damages not exceeding 10, which, unless he compensated the parents of the children, might at any time be recovered in the Court.

The prisoner said that he would do his best to compensate the parties.

Mr Traill said that if he failed to do so, he would be again summoned before him. He would now be discharged.


From the Woolwich Gazette, Friday 14 November 1890.

Woolwich. Public house fight.

Elizabeth Peters, 24, unfortunate, of 37, Beresford Street, Woolwich, was charged on remand with violently assaulting Kate Sullivan, unfortunate, of 7, Cannon Row, Woolwich, who said that the prisoner struck her in the face with a glass in the "Salutation Inn," cutting her severely.

P.C. 463B, found the prisoner lying on the pavement outside the public house, there having been a struggle between the two women outside after the assault.

Mr. Kennet committed the prisoner for three weeks' hard labour.


The Kentish Mercury of 1881 mentioned the transfer of the license to Emma Moseley being done under the 14th section. I am not sure what this section refers to but could refer a transfer after the death of the previous licensee.



CHISWELL Thomas 1823-40+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CHAMPION William Henry 1852-58+

PLATT John 1866+

MORSLEY William Walters 1874-81

MOSELEY Emma to May/1881 Kentish Mercury

TUCKER William A 1891+ (age 45 in 1891Census)

MATHEWS William Edward 1901-11+ (age 31 in 1901Census)

SHORT Ernest Louis 1919+


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

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


Kentish MercuryKentish Mercury


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