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King’s Head Passage (formerly between Nos. 17 & 18)


King's Head passage

King's Head passage in 1876

King’s Head Passage ran down the west side of the King’s Head pub at No. 17, where the blue side-door is now (above left): the upper storey of the pub spread over the passage.

The 1876 OS map (above right) shows three buildings at the end of the pub’s backyard, and another three the other side of a narrow passage. The latter three are probably the houses described as being in King's Head Yard or passage, as they no longer appear on the OS map of 1900.

Jane Burden was living with her parents in this passage in 1851.

King’s Head Passage (between 17 & 18 Holywell Street) in the censuses

1841

Hard to identify.

1851

No. 1 King’s Head Yard
Robert Burden (41), a groom, lived here with his wife Ann (45) and their son William (14), who was a college messenger, and their daughters Jane (11) and Elizabeth (9).

No. 2 King’s Head Yard
Ann Carter
(44), an unmarried laundress, lived here.

No. 3 King’s Head Yard
Maria Brownlow
(50), a widow, lived here with her son William (28), who was a tailor, and her daughters Ann (18) and Elizabeth (14).

1861

No. 1 King’s Head Passage
David Blay
(30), a cook at New College, lived here with his wife Hannah (26) and his children ?Asslaide (5), David (3), and ?Nelia (2).

No. 2 King’s Head Passage
Mary Vickers (44), a sempstress, lived here with her nephew, Charles R. Bradley (14).

No. 3 King’s Head Passage
William Brownlow (30), an unmarried tailor & robemaker, lived here alone.

King's Head Yard (listed later in the census):
(1) David Blay (30), a cook at New College, lived here with his wife Harriet (26) and their children
       Adelaide 95), David (3), and Julia (2);
(2) Mary Vickers (44), a seamstress, lived here with her 14-year-old nephew Charles Bradley.

1871

No. 1 King’s Head Passage
Joseph Coombs
 (73), a stableman, lived here with his wife Emma (74).

No. 2 King’s Head Passage
John Kitchen (38), a cab driver, lived here with his wife Emma (35), who was a tailoress and his father (?in-law) Joseph Jones, who was a baker

No. 3 King's Head Passage
William Brownlow
 (41), a tailor, still lived here alone.

1881

No. 1 King’s Head Passage
John Kitchen (66), a railway porter, lived here with his wife Emma (45) and his niece Emma Walker (9). They had a coachman lodging with them.

No. 2 King’s Head Passage
James Flexney
 (27), an unmarried cordwainer, lived here with his 3-yeard old widowed mother Elizabeth.

No. 3 King’s Head Passage
William Brownlow
(58), an unmarried master tailor, was still living here alone.

1901

Demolished by this date.

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