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Britannia Inn


Q: The name Goadby is that of my Great Grandmother, Louisa Elizabeth Goadby who was born in Market Bosworth in 1858. She worked for a while for her brother John at the Britannia Inn. According to all the census since 1841, he was also born in Market Bosworth. His wife Elizabeth, nee Rolfe, was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Prior to returning to Leicester they had lived in Harrogate, where their children Eleanora Louise and Frank Archibald were born. Having read the information on your website it would seem that the places are out of sync with what I have researched, could you tell me how you came to those conclusions?
Bruce Smith  Virginia Beach  12th November 2009

A: Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention. In the census of 1881 he told the enumerator that he originated from Amersham in Buckinghamshire whilst his wife Elizabeth gave her birthplace as the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. However, this would appear to be false information. Indeed, in the census conducted ten years later John Goadby declared that he was born in Market Bosworth and his wife Elizabeth revealed that it was she who was born in Amersham. This may have been simply an error by the census enumerator of 1881. This is the rational explanation for the differing data. Or did John Goadby have something to hide in 1881? Kieron

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Palmerston Arms


Palmerston Arms - Leicester
This 1916 extract from a trade directory shows William Hancock in charge of the Palmerston Arms in Taylor Street.

Q: I am looking for information on the Palmerston Arms located at 83 Taylor Street, Leicester. My great grandparents William Henry and Maud Ada Johnson owned or managed this pub in the early 1900's. It doesn't appear to exist these days [or else the name has changed]. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.
Debbie Gibson  Sidney, Australia  28th December 2002

A: I have looked at the 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916 and 1922 Trade Directories for Leicester but, although the Palmerston Arms is listed for each year, the names of William and Maud Johnson do not appear next to the entries. I did find a William and Maud Johnson in the 1901 census. William was a railway goods porter and Maud worked as a cigar maker. The couple lived at The Conery in the Belgrave area of Leicester. Kieron

Q: Thanks for the information. Is there any chance you could look in the trade directory for 1928. I know this date is somewhat different to the original dates that I mentioned, but it appears my grandmother was married from this pub in June 1928.
Debbie Gibson Sidney, Australia 28th December 2002n 1901.
Debbie Gibson  Sidney, Australia  28th December 2002

Joseph Yelfs


Part of Burgess Street in a Trade Directory for 1870

Q: I am looking for the name and any information about a pub owned by my great great grandfather, Joseph Yelfs, in 1875-6. On his daughter, Lucy's, marriage certificate he is listed as a "Publican" at 35 Burgess Street in Leicester in this year, but in trade directories I have had no luck in finding this pub. If anyone has run across information that might pertain to this I would be thrilled to know.
Ruth Worrad  Huntsville, Alabama  7th July 2003

A: Your query is a bit of a mystery Ruth. A trade directory dated 1877 does not list Joseph Yelf in Leicester. Indeed, No.35 was an outlet for Straw Bonnets. On checking an earlier trade directory, I see that there were two pubs in Burgess Street in 1870 - an alehouse called the Burgess Inn, and a beer house called the Lord Lake. The latter was located at No.44 whilst the address of the Burgess Inn was No.19. It is possible that the street was re-numbered and it is also possible that the life of another beer house was short-lived. Kieron

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