Sort file:- Woolwich, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1823-

Three Daws

Latest ????

78 High Street


1869 map

Above map, 1869. RED "Coach and Horses." MAGENTA "Duke on Horseback." CYAN "George and Dragon." YELLOW "Ship and Half Moon." GREEN "Royal Standard." BLUE "Marquis of Granby. MUSTARD "Three Daws."


From an email, 17 January 2021.

I happened to chance upon your page when (during my ancestry research) I thought I would try to find a picture of the "Three Daws" Pub in Woolwich mentioned in one of the Wills I have researched relating to my family tree. I wasn't sure if the following extract from the Will of Murdock Broomer Johnson written in 1837 (and proved in 1839 after his death) would be of any interest to you as it mentions the Three Daws being his freehold property, leased at the time to, I think, Charles Calvert? which he intends to leave to his wife Ann Johnson, upon trust. I have pasted below the relevant short extract from my transcript of the Will.


Christine Barry.


This is the last Will and Testament of me Murdock Broomer Johnson of Cheshunt in the County of Hants, Gentleman.

Whereas previously to my intermarriage with my present wife Ann Johnson late Ann Tayler [nee Alsept] I made a Settlement for her use and benefit whereby inter alia I conveyed to trustees therein mentioned my freehold estate at Church Gate, Chesham for the benefit of my said wife for her life as therein particularly mentioned.

Now I hereby confirm the same in every respect and I hereby in addition thereto give and bequeath to my said dear wife Ann Johnson all the ready money that may be in my house at the time of my decease And also my farming utensils horses …... live and dead farming stock household effects and house fixtures plate linen and china books prints and pictures wearing apparel trinkets wine and other liquors and everything also of a like nature and kind that shall be in and about my dwellinghouse and premises at Cheshunt aforesaid at the time of my decease and that may not be included in that Settlement to and for her own use and benefit.

And as to the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of whatsoever nature or kind and whether real or personal and whether in possession reversion or remainder I give devise and bequeath the same unto my friends William Parkson Taylor of St Bartholomew in the City of London, Stockbroker William Richard Alsept of Gloucester Terrace Hoxton, Gentleman and Stephen Walford of Aldermanbury in the said City, Gentleman and the survivors and survivor of them his heirs executors administrators and assigns UPON the several trusts and to for and upon the several [uses?] intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared concerning the same that is to say.

As to for and concerning all that my freehold estate and premises situate at Woolwich in the County of Kent containing a Public House known by the name of the Three Daws together with the two messuages or tenements adjoining, all which estate and premises are now let by me on lease to [Charles Calvert?] Esquire UPON TRUST from time to time to receive the rents [issues?] and profits thereof and to pay the same after deducting all outgoings and expenses and whether of [collection?] or otherwise unto my dear wife Ann Johnson and her assigns during the term of her natural life to and for her own absolute use and benefit And I direct that her receipt alone shall be at all times whether ……. or not a good and perfect discharge for the same.

And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife UPON TRUST to receive the rents [issues?] and profits as well of the said hereinbefore mentioned property at Church Gate, Chesham aforesaid as also of the said lastly mentioned premises at Woolwich and to pay the same after deducting all [necessary?] outgoings and expenses as aforesaid Unto my nephew Thomas Burgon of Brunswick Square in the County of Middlesex, Merchant for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after the decease of the said Thomas Burgon to pay the same unto his wife Catherine Margaret Burgon for and during the term of her natural life And I direct that her receipt alone shall in like manner as the receipt of my said wife be a good discharge for all monies expressed to be received by her … ...



DAWSON John 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823

FARNFIELD Samuel Next pub licensee had 1832+ (age 37 in 1841+Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CLARK Joseph to July/1845 dec'd

GOWARD Joseph Edward July/1845-66+

WORTHAM William 1874+

HUXFORD Richard Alfred 1882+

MORRIS Peter 1891- 1905+ (age 41 in 1891Census)


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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