1 - List of Lobster Smack Publicans

Lobster Smack

The oldest public house on the island. The following is a quote from Dowd’s Canvey Cyclopaedia.

In the 1800s the greensward by the inn (Lobster Smack) was the scene of many illegal bare-knuckle fights (‘mills’); Tom Sayers, who often fought here, and one Heenan fought 48 rounds in January 1857 – darkness forcing a draw.   February 19, 1857 saw Sayers draw again, this time against Aaron Jones after 62 or 65 rounds.   On September 22. 1857 Ben Court (Champion 1838-1845), when aged 42, fought Nat Langham (37) in a grudge fight (due to a family feud) which lasted 60 rounds; after Langham had been downed 59 times they shook hands and called the fight off.

James Richmond.                               1813-1828

Susannah Richmond                          1828

William Finch.                                      1839

Crisp Molineaux Harridge                1840-1861

Charles Beckwith Snr                        1862-1903

Charles  Beckwith                              1903-1915

James Went                                          1917-1933

Percy John Went                                   1935-1952

Lucy Eileen Went                                  1952-1961

J A J Childs                                             1964-



Lobster Smack Inn

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