Unless otherwise specified, newspaper reports listed in these pages are from British Newspaper Archive.
The houses started to be built in the late 1850’s. By 1890 the road was complete and there were 48 houses in Mornington Road. Due the building of the Whitechapel to Bow Railway (now the District Line) around 1900, 19 houses were demolished, only No’s 5 – 28 and 44 – 48 remained. (In the 20th century, due to the bombing Blitz of World War II, October 1940, and the construction of Thames Magistrates Court in 1990, 10 further houses were demolished, only No’s 9 – 27 remain.)
No. 9 Mornington Road
1861 Ling, Charles Alfred. His wife had a daughter on 8th January 1861 (Morning Post 11 Jan 1861)
1874 Masson, Capt. His wife gave birth to a daughter on 20 Oct. 1874 (Morning Post 26 Oct 1874) The London Street Directories 1870 – 1875 have the resident at this address as Captain Peter McIntyre.
1886 Hunt, John Rider, a builder and contractor at St Paul’s Works, St Paul’s Road, Bow Common was living here when subject to the ruling of the High Court of Justice in Bankruptcy, case No. 709 of 1886. “Last day for receiving proofs: April 19, 1887 [London Gazette, April 1 1887]
No. 10 Mornington Road
1859 – 1865 Robertson, John. London Street Directories. His wife had a daughter on 16 January 1861 – shortly after their neighbour at no. 9. (Morning Post, 18 Jan. 1861).
No. 11 Mornington Road
1861 Hide, Thomas Comings. His wife had a son on 13th June 1861. (Morning Post, 27 June 1861). London Street Directories have them here till 1865.
1867 – 1875 William James Murray in London Street Directories. 1871, the resident at this address was advertising for “General Servant – Wanted a thoroughly respectable Person, in a private family, about 24 to 30, able to do plain cooking: must be an early riser and have good character; no bed rooms, boots or knives; good wages.” (Clerkenwell News – 6 February 1871). And in 1875 the resident at this address was advertising for “Governess (good) required for two children, aged 9 and 10, for 2 ½ hours daily (Morning).” (East London Advertiser 31 Jul 1875)
No. 12 Mornington Road
1883 Foskett, Robert, Listed 1883 in Essex Field Club archives. (www.essexfieldclub.org.uk/archivetext/s/042/o/0262)
No. 13 Mornington Road
1884 Flavelle, Thomas, a commercial traveller, died on 9 January 1884. Effects: £159.12s 6d. He was formerly of Leeson Park County Dublin, afterwards of Warrenpoint County Down. Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) were granted to:
1884 Calder, Grace Lynn, wife of David Calder. Her address also 13 Mornington Road.
1901 Morton, Hugh. In 1891, Hugh Morton senior was running a draper’s business at 40 Bow Road Bromley Bow. He and Jessie had eight children,. In 1901, the draper’s business (specialising in Linen) and Morton family home was at 13, Mornington Road, Bromley Bow. Only 3 children, Alexander aged 21; Grace aged 13 and Hugh aged 12 were still living at home. There was also another draper’s shop belonging to the family at 187, Bow Road. Hugh Morton senior died on the 19th July 1906 aged 62 when young Hugh was just 16 years old. Probate was granted to his widow Jessie Morton, his eldest son John Morton, also a draper and James Robert Morton M.B., his second eldest son. Hugh Morton senior left effects to his family which amounted to the sum of £5723 -7s-6d. (From an interesting illustrated article about Hugh Morton, with much content about drapers in East London accessed on 23 July 2017 – HERE
1894, 1898 Mrs Alfred Jay – an entry in the Jewish Chronicle, 9.3.1894, returns thanks to father Israel Cohen. On June 30th 1898 the wife of A. Percy Cohen had a daughter, at Mornington Road, Bow, though the announcement in The Era doesn’t specify the house number. (The Era, 2 July 1898)
No. 14 Mornington Road
1884 Vane, George Booth. – an accountant, got into a dispute with Drury Lane Theatre, reclaiming money for a box the theatre had double-booked. When his wife and children got to the theatre they found the box already occupied by another lady and eight children – they had to go home without seeing the performance. (Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, 16 March 1884)
1894, 1897 Roe, Reverend David, Wesleyan Minister. He wrote a letter to the Editor of The Hastings and St Leonards Observer – Saturday 29 December 1894: “STARVING POOR OF EAST LONDON Sir, Accept my grateful thanks for kindly placing my appeal in your valuable paper, and please allow me to acknowledge from “A well-wisher,” 7s. 6d.; A.M.; “a tiny offering from a friend in Hastings for the benefit of the poor in your parish,” 10s. I desire, on behalf of my poor brothers and sisters in this over-crowded part of London, many of whom have been overtaken by sickness and misfortune, to express my heartfelt thanks, and trust that others may be found in lovely Hastings and its picturesque surroundings who will entrust me with some small portion of their gifts, either cash or clothing, on behalf of the suffering poor and the starving children for whom I plead. I am, Mr Editor, emboldened to appeal through you for a little help, as many in Hastings know me and my work, and if any friend would like to come on a tour of inspection I shall be pleased to act as guide. Yours truly, (REV.) DAVID ROE, 14 Mornington-road, Bow. E.” Another similar letter in January 1895. Rev. Roe still lived at this address in 1897. [Charles Booth’s notebooks to his survey of London, Miscellaneous District 12, p.146-171. LSE library]
Bryant, Charles Clement, Wesleyan Minister, who entered ministry in 1875, died 1926, also lived at some time at this address, with S A Bryan, Annie Blanch Bryant, C Bowden Bryant and H N B Bryant. – listed in a directory of Wesleyan Ministers.
No. 15 Mornington Road
1865 Mr James Martin Dunstan– a witness to the burglary at No. 16, Aug 1865 (London Evening Standard, 31 Aug 1865) Remains in London Street Directories to 1875.
1887 Young, Ernest A. “Bow Emmanuel Workers’ Society, Flower and Picture Distribution Branch.” A letter to the Isle of Wight County Press: “Sir, we feel sure the work of brightening the homes of the poor must receive the sympathy of all your readers, and therefore ask, on behalf of those living in the courts and alleys of East London, that you will grant the following appeal a corner in your valuable paper. Our aim is to create in our poorer neighbours, who know nothing of the pleasures of the country, a love for cultivating flower, and to enable them, in their leisure time, to convert their window-sills into gardens of bright refreshing colour, and decorate their homes by the introduction of nature and art. May I therefore venture to ask your readers for their sympathy and support in this mission? We shall be glad to receive for distribution bunches of flowers, pot or garden flowers, and pictures or other suitable ornaments. As much expense is incurred from the purchase of window-boxes, picture frames, etc., donations or subscriptions would materially help us in our endeavours. All parcels and letters should be addressed to the manager, Ernest A. Young, 15, Mornington-road, Bow, E, or to your obedient servant, Alfred W Bevis, hon. Sec., 115 Malmesbury-road, Bow. [Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter – Saturday 28 May 1887. A similar letter in Bucks Herald – Saturday 04 June 1887] A similar letter, reporting a generous response to a previous such appeal, had been placed in North Devon Journal – Thursday 12 May 1887. London Street Directories give the name as Reverend Thomas Adam Young in 1882 and 1895.
No. 16 Mornington Road
1865 Vaux, Cuthbert, shipowner and captain, and his wife, who sacked their servant Mary Buckingham, September 1865, following a burglary that took place whilst Mr. and Mrs Vaux were away in Bremen. (London Evening Standard, 31 Aug. 1865, The Era, 1 Oct. 1865). Details of the ‘crime’ can be read on the “Cricket and Crime” page. They are listed in street directories resident here in 1863 through to 1873.
1895 Livingstone Medical Missionary Training College, Chas. F. Harford-Battersby, M.A., M.D. principal. (1895 London Post Office Directory) Harford-Battersby and his wife lived across the road at No. 33. He was author of various books, perhaps the best known is a biography of a British missionary shot in Uganda, Pilkington of Uganda, published in 1899.
No. 17 Mornington Road
1863, 1866 Archer, William. His only daughter, Marian, married J. Ross of Albert Square, Stepney on August 5 1863. (Bell’s Weekly Messenger, 8 Aug 1863). He died on 10th October 1866. (London Evening Standard, 12 Oct. 1866) In November his effects were sold by auction: “mahogany pillar, four-post and Arabian style bedsteads, full feather beds and bedding, mahogany chests of drawers, handsome winged wardrobe with plate centre panel, marble-top washstands, cane-seat and other chairs, dressing-glasses and dressing tables, walnut-tree drawing-room suite covered in damask, handsome walnut-tree chiffonier with plate-glass back and panels, sofa, chairs, loo tables, damask curtains, mahogany extending dining-table, mahogany chairs, sofa, dinner waggon, chimney glasses, fine-toned 6 ½ octave cottage pianoforte in rosewood case, Brussels carpets, mahogany hall chairs, hat and umbrella stand, and the usual kitchen requisites; also a bay horse, harness, brougham and gig.” (Morning Advertiser, Oct 19 1866)
1870 – 1882 Withers Mrs., in London Street Directories. 1892 Withers, Frederick John. In January 1892 he supported a collection for a retiring long-serving fireman from Kennington, Mr. William Port. (South London Press, 9 Jan 1892) But by 20 May 1892 his will had been proved. He bequeathed to his brother Henry Thomas Withers all the property which he possessed. Should his brother predecease him, then two-thirds of his estate he bequeathed for placing a stained-glass window into the church of St. Mary Overy (St. Saviour’s), Southwark, to the memory of his father Henry Withers; the remaining third to the restoration fund of the church of St. Bartholomew the Great. (But his brother did not predecease him.) [St Bart’s records]
1892 21 June someone at the address is advertising for a housemaid. (London Evening Standard)
No. 18 Mornington Road
1867 Harper Twelvetrees, (1823-1881), listed in London Street Directory. A manufacturing chemist and drysalter, industrialist who managed works at Imperial Works, Bromley-by-Bow. He was in the bankruptcy court in 1868, adjudicated bankrupt on 24th May, his address being given as ‘late of 18, Mornington Road, Bow.’ His company was responsible for developing and marketing Penny Patent Soap Powder and Glycerine Spa Power (to wash clothes) and Eggs and Butter Powder (for cooking). He had written a book in 1863, The Story of the Life of John Anderson, the Fugitive Slave. His laundry soap was advertised as the ‘abolition of the horrors of washing day’. His bankruptcy was discharged in November 1868, his address then being given as Upper Abbey Street, Dublin.
There was an auction at 18 Mornington Road ‘without the least reserve’ on 6 Sept. 1867, presumably these were Harper Twelvetrees’s things: “Household Furniture and Effects of the above eleven-roomed residence, comprising superior chimney and dressing-glasses, chests of drawers, handsome mahogany Arabian and iron bedsteads and fittings, mahogany-framed chairs, a handsome drawing-room suite covered in green velvet, loo and other tables, three whatnots, a superior 6 ¾ octave rosewood cottage pianoforte, Brussels carpets, rugs, oil paintings and prints, two office tables, Spanish mahogany wardrobe with plate-glass panels, bookcases, two gilt clocks under shades, gasfittings, two portable mangles, two wringing machines, costly double lantern by Cox, and the entire kitchen and laundry effects.” (Clerkenwell News – 29 July 1868) (Morning Post 29 January 1869) (Wikipedia)
1895 House to be let, advertised in the London Evening Standard, 29 April 1895, “for about five years; best part of Bow: breakfast room, three reception and four bedrooms; box-room, ususal offices; rent moderate, close to rail, omnibus and tram.
No. 19 Mornington Road
1863 June 19th , “excellent household furniture” was sold by auction, “including feather beds, bedding, bedsteads, and usual bedroom appendages, a 6 ¾ octave grand pianoforte by Broadwood, 6 ¼ octave cottage ditto in walnut case, drawing-room suite in rosewood, carved rosewood chiffonier, sets of dining tables, handsome window hangings, chimney glasses, china and cut glass, prints and paintings, ornaments, table and bed linen, about 40 doz. of Port, Sherry, and Claret, 70lbs of Congou tea, kitchen utensils, and other effets… Catalogues may be had at The Little Driver and New Globe Taverns; and at the Auctioneer’s Offices, Mile-end-road.” (Morning Advertiser June 16 1863)
1877, 1879, 1880 Spears, Rev. Robert. Unitarian Minister. In May 1877 you could apply to him for a course in Stepney Green of Twenty Lessons in Plain Cookery. “East End Lessons on Cookery by The South Kensington National Training School”. “Reserved seats for the course, 10 shillings; second class reserved seats, 3 shillings. Admission to each lesson to the unreserved seats, 2d.” (East London Observer 5 May 1877). 1 March 1879, reported in East London Observer, he delivered an address at the Tower Hamlets Liberal Club in Beaumont Square on Tuesday night on “Religion and Politics” “Did religion influence the conduct of our politicians, a State Church, as a gross injustice to others, could no longer be allowed to exist; – Englishmen would not now be butchering barbarians in Afghanistan and Zululand on the flimsiest of pretexts; arbitration would supplant war; trade lying and deception would be suppressed and there would be no drones in the national hive living on the honey which the working bees produced. The reverend gentleman was accorded a vote of thanks at the close of his address.” In April 1880 he was advertising the “Best and cheapest book of the season – the complete works of Dr Channing. 848 pages for 1s 4d (one shilling and four pence).” (The Globe, 22 April 1880)
No. 20 Mornington Road
1876 Brown, A. O. His wife, Sarah Dawson, died age 28, September 20 1876, a few days after their son who lived only a few hours. (The Daily News, 25 Sept 1876)
1876, 1879, 1880, 1884, 1918 Brookes, R. Philpot. His wife gave birth to a stillborn daughter 5 February 1876, but then to a daughter, April 2 1879. (London Evening Standard, 10 Feb 1876, 7 April 1879) In October 1879 Mrs Brookes advertising for “a general servant; family, two and child; nursemaid kept; good wages to a thorough servant. In August 1880 she had a son, and in January 1884 she had another son. (London Evening Standard 23 Oct 1879, 13 Aug 1880, 12 Jan 1884). In 1918 Robert Philpot Brookes attended the inquest into the suicide of his sister, Henrietta Elizabeth Philpott Brookes, who had poisoned herself, aged 68, at her lodgings in Cheltenham. [Gloucestershire Echo – Friday 07 June 1918] Robert Brookes was one of the longest staying residents in the street. Here appears on street directory in 1875, and is still here over 40 years later.
1887 Theobold, E advertises for Housemaid, 1887 – 14/. – 16/. (London Evening Standard 22 Sept 1887). Maybe he was an agent hiring on behalf of the Brookes’s.
Here ends the west-side, turn back along the east side, south to north:
No. 9 St George’s terrace – renumbered 1892 No. 21 Mornington Road
No. 8 St George’s terrace – renumbered 1892 No. 22 Mornington Road
No.3 St George’s terrace – renumbered 1892 No. 27 Mornington Road
No. 2 St George’s terrace – renumbered 1892 No. 28 Mornington Road
No. 1 St George’s terrace – renumbered 1892 No. 29 Mornington Road then demolished for the Whitechapel and Bow Railway c. 1900
No. 26 Mornington Road renumbered 1892 No. 30, then demolished for the Whitechapel and Bow Railway c. 1900
1894 Ellerby, Edith A. She is recorded as having written a letter of condolence to Prof. William Roberston Smith’s mother April – May 1894. He was Professor of Oriental Languages and Old Testament Exegesis, Free Church College, Aberdeen, [University of Aberdeen, Special Collections] 1895 Post Office Directory has Charles Herbert Ellerby.
No. 25 Mornington Road 1892 renumbered No 31, then demolished for the Whitechapel and Bow Railway about 1900)
post-1882 Cannan, Dr. David – born in Pernambuco, Brazil, son of Horatius James, a merchant from Scotland. Educated at Birkenhead, David enrolled at the University 1880, attending classes in Greek, Latin, Mathematics, senior Greek & Logic, Natural Philosophy, English Literature, and Moral Philosophy, Chemistry and Anatomy. He graduated MA in 1884. In session 1881-82, Cannan was awarded a prize for senior Greek Class. He is believed to have studied medicine in London, where he would work as a physician and surgeon with the exception of a brief interlude in the USA. His last known address was 25 Mornington Road Bow. [University of Glasgow archives]
No. 24 Mornington Road 1892 renumbered No. 32, then demolished for the Whitechapel and Bow Railway about 1900)
Pre- 1881 Wootton, Andrew Peter, a builder, was some time resident at this address, though later in Surrey and finally in Ramsgate, died 28 December 1881, a notice from the executors of his will for any who have claim on his estate, in the Thanet Advertiser, 25 March 1882
No.23 Mornington Road – renumbered 1892 No. 33, then demolished for the Whitechapel and Bow Railway about 1900)
1876, 1877 Harrison, Francis George. His eldest daughter, Eliza Abra (Lizzie) married William Taylor of Addington Road, Bow on 29th April 1876. (The Globe, 4 March 1876) But then Mr Harrison appeared in court in December 1877, charged with having ridden in a superior class of carriage to that for which he had a ticket. An inspector saw the accused jump into a second class carriage at Bow Station, rode in the same carriage to London and then give up a third class ticket. Mr Harrison said he travelled to London to attend a meeting of directors and, being late, jumped into a second class carriage. Sir T Gabriel said he considered the defendant’s conduct very discreditable for a man in his position, and he fined him the full penalty of 40 shillings and costs. (The Globe, 18 Dec 1877)
1888 Carman, Maria and Horatius James Carman. “High Court Chancery Division: -in the Matter of the Great Northern Salt and Chemical Works Limited. By an Order made by Mr Justice Stirling in the above matter, dated 24th day of November, 1888, on the petition of Maria Carman, of No. 23 Mornington-road, Bow, in the county of Middlesex, the Wife of Horatius James Carman, a contributory of the above-named Company, it was ordered that the said Great Northern Salt and Chemical Works Limited be wound up by this Court under the provisions of the Companies Acts, 1862 and 1867, Snell, Son and Grump, Solicitors for the Petitioner.” (London Gazette, 4 Dec 1888)
1891, Isaacs, Morris B, his wife gave birth to a son on 31 December. [Announcement the Northern Whig, 5 January 1892)
1894 March 31st, British Medical Journal announced that the wife of Charles F. Harford-Battersby, M.D. Cantab. M.R.C.S Eng., had a son on 27th March who had died at birth. Harford-Battersby was principal the the Livingstone Medical Missionary Training College whose premises were across the road at No. 16. Acquiring both No. 16 and No. 33 must have been an expensive business, shortly to be abandoned due to the advent of the District Line.
No. 5 St Leonards Terrace renumbered 1892 No. 44 Mornington Road
1897 Dore, James B. From Names and addresses of the members and officers of the Board of Works for the Poplar District 1893. James Dore was due to retire that position in 1897.
Unless otherwise specified, newspaper reports listed above are from British Newspaper Archive.