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The Snow family from Knowstone, Devon

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Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Devon . The Devon listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

The Snow family built our house on Exmoor and in fact some of the descendants have come to visit us here. ***

In the 1841 Census for Knowstone, Devon. Thomas Snow (65) born 1776 and Ann Snow are living in The Mason’s arms Pub in Knowstone. The pub is still trading under the same name. It has been an Inn since 1400.  ***

From this date, the Snow family and their desendants ran the Masons Arms until at least 1901.

By the 1861 census, the son (Thomas) of Thomas and Ann is now running the Masons Arms, whilst the slightly younger son, Edward, is  a farmer at Traceys Farm; their son, Charles Snow is born in 1864.

1861/Edward Snow/Farmer/44/Knowstone, Devon/Census ***
1861/Jane Snow/Wife/37/Bishopsnympton, Devon/Census
1861/Lucy Snow/Daughter/14/Knowstone, Devon/Census
1861/Edward Snow/Son/12/Knowstone, Devon/Census
1861/Frederick Snow/Son/10/Knowstone, Devon/Census
1861/George Snow/Son/8/Knowstone, Devon/Census
1861/James Snow/Son/3/Knowstone, Devon/Census
1861/William Snow/Son/1/Knowstone, Devon/Census

Edward and Jane are running the Masons Arms by 1871, and for some time after.

The sons of Edward & Jane, i.e. Frederick, George, Edward & Charles are all involved in the Pub Trade in London from the early 1880s.

1871 Census -  Frederick Snow was living in Islington & working as a barman in the Middlesex Tavern, Westbourne Road ***

1881 Census - George Snow (28) living at 60, Green Avenue, Bedminster, Bristol. Occupation Railway Porter.

1882 Post Office London Directory lists – Edward Snow Licensed Victualler at the ‘Royal Victory’ PH 84, St. Georges Road, Holloway
- Frederick snow Licensed Victualler ‘North Western’ PH 42, Ferdinand Street NW
- James Snow Licensed Victualler ‘Marquis of Salisbury’ PH Queensland Road Hornsey
1884 London Business Directory lists – James Snow, Licensed Victualler ‘Marquis of Salisbury’ PH no other entries for brothers.
1891 Census - George Snow (38) living Islington. Occupation - Licensed Victualler. Brothers living nearby.
1895 Post Office London Directory lists – ‘The Snow Brothers’ Licensed Victuallers ‘Prince of Wales’ PH 144, St. James Road. & ‘Queens Arms’, 19, Caledonian Road:
Also -
- Charles Snow Licensed Victualler ‘Old Red Lion’ PH 186, St. Johns Street EC
- Edward Snow Licensed Victualler ‘Earl Percy’ PH 225, Ladbrooke Grove
- James Snow Licensed Victualler ‘Prince of Wales’ PH 274, Holloway Road
1899 Post Office London Directory lists – ‘The Snow Brothers’ Licensed Victuallers ‘Wellington Hotel’ 351, Strand
- Edward Snow Licensed Victualler ‘Medina Tavern’ PH 172, Seven Sisters Road.

1901 Census.
Resident in the Wellington Hotel – no Snow family members but:-
- 1 Licensed Victualler’s Manager
- 1 Head Barman
- 3 Barmaids
- 2 Barmen
- 1 Cook-Domestic
- 1 Nursemaid-Domestic
Resident at 359, Camden Road Islington
- George Snow (48) born 1853 Knowstone, Devon, Occupation Licensed Victualler.
- Elizabeth Norton Snow (49) born 1852 in Bath
- Edith Snow (25) born 1876 Bristol.
- Florence Snow (22) born Bristol
- Frederick Norton Snow (18) born Bristol
- Mary Elizabeth Snow (16) born Bristol
- Emily M Snow (9) born London Holloway
- Arthur Snow (4) born 1897 London Holloway.

- Lydia Waldock - Servant (Cook-Domestic, 21 single)
- Ethel Neville – Servant (Housemaid-Domestic, 18 single)

Residing nearby in Islington his brothers with their families including
- Frederick Snow (50) born Devon 1851 Occupation Licensed Victualler
- Charles Edwin Snow (37) born Devon 1864 Occupation Licensed Victualler.
- Edward Snow (51) born Knowstone, Devon Occupation Licensed Victualler.


1901 George Snow had a house built in Dulverton, Exmoor (6 miles from Knowstone) the house is still there. The family would arrive from London by train having sent servants down earlier to open up the house. George’s brothers and their families would also visit. They never forgot their roots.

The Snows came for the country pursuits which were very popular / fashionable at that time. It was normal for hunting visitors to come for an extended period (perhaps most of the hunting season) and in effect transfer the house and it’s servants for the duration. Good rail-links from Dulverton meant that George Snow could get back up to London by train during the week for business. In the 1911 census George Snow, the servants and most of his family were resident on Exmoor having left a son in the London house without servants.

1910 Post Office London Commercial Directory lists – ‘Snow Brothers’ LV’s of:-

- ‘Wellington’ PH (note now PH not Hotel) 351 Strand (the Wellington was rebuilt in 1902/3 as a PH).
- ‘Old Red Lion’ PH 418 St Johns Street.
- ‘Prince of Wales’ PH 274 Holloway Road.
- ‘Medina Tavern’ PH 172 Seven Sisters Road.
- ‘Holloway Castle’ PH 392 Camden Road.
1914 Post Office London Commercial Directory. Lists Snow Brothers’ as Licensed Victuallers of:-
- Wellington PH 351 Strand
- ‘Old Red Lion’ PH 418 St. John Street
- ‘Prince of Wales’ PH 274 Holloway Road.
- ‘Medina Tavern’ PH 172 Seven Sisters Road.
1915 Post Office London Directory. Lists ‘Snow Brothers’ as Licensed Victuallers of:-
- ‘Wellington PH 351 Strand
- ‘Old Red Lion’ PH 418 St John Street
- ‘Medina Tavern’ PH 172 Seven Sisters Road.

Also :-

- Frederick Louis Snow Licensed Victualler of ‘Queens Arms’ PH 19 Caledonian Road. (a ‘Snow Bros’ pub in 1895)

2/3/1926 The London Gazette. Announcement of death of George Snow on 7/12/1925.
1934 Kellys Directory Lists Frederick Louis Snow as Licensed Victualler of Queens Arms PH Caledonian Road.




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