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White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« on: Thursday 19 May 05 04:22 BST (UK) »
I have been researching the family of Robert Cooper (born London 1777) for 10 years now. But have come to a dead end - at the point prior to his transportation. Robert Cooper owned the White Swan Hotel, know locally as Paddy's Goose, in Shadwell, in the late 1700's into the early 1800's. The family also owned a distillery around the corner in Juniper Street, Stepney (Shadwell?).  The White Swan became in the late 1800's one of the most notorious pubs in London, I believe after the hotel left the Cooper family. Robert Cooper was convicted of receiving stolen goods and was transported to Sydney in 1813.
I am very interested in any information from folk who know of the White Swan or the distillery.  Robert Cooper had five children, left behind with their mother Mary Ann. On her death (?) the children followed their father. From court proceedings in the old Bailey, I suspect that the family ran a almshouse in the Stepney area as well, as he was very concerned about leaving his children and what appears to be another "extended family".  I would really welcome any information on possible siblings of Robert who remained behind ???.  Robert's parents were Robert and Eliza.

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 19 May 05 21:11 BST (UK) »
Hi Coop

You probably have looked at this already - but just in case you haven't....
http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/dst-pubsv.html

http://derelictlondon.com/pubs.htm

This site also tells of history of breweries etc
http://www.londonancestor.com/iln/illustrated.htm

I don't know if this is the same White Swan

WHITE SWAN
20 Whitechapel High Street

Located on the southern side towards the Aldgate end, at the corner with White Swan Yard. (This was close to the corner of Leman Street).
The pub does not exist today.
In 1888 the landlord was a Frederick Davis.


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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 28 May 05 08:13 BST (UK) »
Thanks Annie for your suggestions. I'll definitely look at these sites. The White Swan Hotel you suggested is not the one I am looking into. But thanks anyhow.  The hotel that was in our family was near the corner of The Highway and King David Lane in Shadwell (or is it Stepney?).  The hotel lost it's license  early 1900's and became the Paddy's Goose Sporting Club.  It was then pulled down after WW2 and made way for a school and a housing estate.  Best wishes from downunder, Coop.

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 28 May 05 18:23 BST (UK) »
Is this any good.  From
"East London"
Sketches of Christian Work and workers 1894-95
By Henry walker (reprint)
Peter Marcan Publications
30 Rowliff Road, High Wycombe Bucks

May be available from East of London FHS

Seems to have been a Wesleyan Mission

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 28 May 05 18:35 BST (UK) »
Also try these
www.victorianlondon.org/districts/ratcliffhighway.htm
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
www.eastlondonhistory.com

Try Googling Paddy's Goose but add London or Ratcliffe

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Norfolk: Gooch, Loveday, Lake, Betts
Suffolk: Gooch, Crosby, Turner
Hampshire: Laws, Burrows
Kent: Beer
Jersey: Barette, de Gruchy
East London: Middleton, Gower, O'Farrell, Smith, Weston

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 28 May 05 20:14 BST (UK) »

Here's something else for you to read - we'll keep you quiet for a couple of hours LOL

http://www.welsh-historic-inns.com/pub_history.php

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #6 on: Monday 30 May 05 17:48 BST (UK) »
Hi Coop9 -

Nothing online, but this is in a book 'Limehouse Days' by Daniel Farson (Michael Joseph, London 1991), p.81:-

With so many ships entering the port, it was inevitable that the sailors who poured ashore in the last century - and were frequently decanted back unconscious - added to the district's character. Many of them headed for the White Swan in ratcliff, known locally as Paddy's Goose, described by the American writer, Daniel Kirwan, as 'perhaps the most frightful hell-hole in London'. Kirwan found no honest merriment:

The very submimity of vice and degradation is here attained, and the noisy scraping of wheezy fiddle and the brawls of intoxicated sailors are the only sounds heard within its walls. It is an ordinary dance house, with a bar and glasses, and a dirty floor on which scores of women of all countries and shades of colour can be found dancing with Danes, Americans, Swedes, Spaniards, Russian, Negroes, Chinese, Malays, Italians and Portuguese in one hell-medley of abomination.


I don't think he liked it much  ;)

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Re: White Swan Hotel, the Highway, Shadwell
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 08 March 18 09:43 GMT (UK) »
Hi Coop
Just wondering whether you found what you were after on Robert Cooper and Paddy's Goose?
I have quite a bit of information on Robert Cooper, most importantly that his parents weren't Robert and Eliza as we all supposed, but in fact were Francis Cooper and Frances Pilkington. Let me know if you want more info.

cheers
Jilly