The Railway Bell Public House – Cawnpore Street (1864)


Some Known Landlords of the Railway Bell

Mrs Harriet Wickenden (née Alwen) (Bn 1817 in Tatsfield D1877 aged 60).  In 1861 (aged 44), she was living at No 12 Gipsy Hill with her daughter Harriett (aged 22) and son-in-law William (aged 26), a Mason.  By 1871, Harriet is the Beer Retailer at The Railway Bell, (a Widow) living with her daughter and son-in-law.

Harriet married Henry Wickenden (Bn 1807 Edenbridge) on 7 October 1839 when he was a 33 year old bachelor (a Labourer) and Harriet was 23 (a Widow – previously married to John Friend in 1832).  Henry signed the marriage certificate with an ‘X’.  His father was a Labourer, and her father was a Farmer.

The Will of Harriet Wickenden 5th October 1877

Harriet Wickenden 5 October

The Will of Harriet Wickenden late of the Railway Bell public house George Street Norwood in the County of Surrey Widow who died 22 August 1877 at the Railway Bell was proved at the Principal Registry by George Wickenden of Gipsy Hill Carman the son of William Henry Smith of the Eagle Tavern New Town Victualler the Executors.

Known Landlords of the Railways Bell Public House in Cawnpore Street

1867 Mrs Harriett Wickenden

1880 George Hurlock

1881 Frederick & Louisa William

1891 George Blanden

1897 Arthur Pickering

1901 – 1914 /Charles William Morgan (aged 29) and Ethel Maud Morgan (aged 20 from Norfolk).  They are on the 1901 Census at The Railway Bell, with their daughter, Edna Maud (17 days old), sister-in-law Bessie Ann Cook (17 years old from Norfolk).

1919- 1921 Charles Osmond

1934/Bert Smith

1938/Cecil J Paine

1961 Mr & Mrs W Smith

Crime at the Railway Bell


Monday, January 11TH 1897

Norwood News, Saturday 16 January 1897

Beer Dilution at Norwood

Arthur Pickering of the Railway Bell, George Street, Upper Norwood, was summoned by the Excise for diluting beer and was ordered to pay a penalty of £3 and £2 6s costs.  Mr Dennis appeared in support of the summons

A Wedding Anniversary at the Railway Bell


They Celebrate Silver Wedding

Mr and Mrs Will Smith, licencees of the Railway Bell public house, Cawnpore Street, recently celebrated the 25thanniversary of their wedding.