1874 Peterborough Directory

Britannia, Edward Davis, Eastfield

1881 census - Britannia Inn, Eastgate, Peterborough **


Edward Davis Head Married 41 (1840) Licenced Victualler born Sundridge, Kent

Emily Davis Sister Married 54 (1827) Housekeeper born Carlshalton, Surrey

Mary Head Neice single 23 (1858) Barmaid born Lambeth, Surrey


Note: (next door to Eastgate House on the right) Robert Feast - Wheelwright & Publican

1890 Kelly's Directory

Britannia, John William Holdich, Eastgate, Peterborough


1891 census - Britannia Inn, Eastgate, Peterborough **


John Wm Holdich Head Married 48 (1843) Innkeeper born Whittlesey, Cambs

Joanna Holdich Wife Married 46 (1845) born Coates, Cambs

Joanna Holdich Daughter single 18 (1873) born Peterborough

John Setchfield Visitor Widower 75 (1816) born Coates, Cambs

Eliza Read Visitor single 16 (1875) born Coates, Cambs

1901 census - 38 Eastgate, Peterborough **


John William Holdich Head Married 57 (1844) Innkeeper born Whittlesey, Cambs

Johanna Holdich Wife Married 56 (1845) born Coates, Cambs

Mary Jane Holdich Daughter single 35 (1866) born Peterborough

1903 - Kelly's Directory

Britannia, John Wm. Holdich, Eastgate, Peterborough

1906 Kelly's Directory

Britannia, John William Holdich, Eastgate, Peterborough

1911 census - Britannia Inn, Eastgate, Peterborough (9 rooms) **


Joanna Holdich Head Widow 66 (1845)  Innkeeper Own Account at Home born Coates, Cambs

Mary Jane Holdich Daughter single 45 (1866) born Peterborough

Sarah Ann Gale Visitor single 65 (1846) born Coates, Cambs

1914 Kelly's Directory

Britannia, Harry Redhead, 38 Eastgate, Peterborough


SHOCKING BATHING FATALITY - On Saturday morning a young man named James Boon went for a bathe in the River Nene, near the North Bank, with a companion, when he was seized with cramp and was drowned.  On Saturday evening an inquest was held at the Britannia inn, Eastgate, before Mr. Coroner Vergette when the following evidenc was taken: - William Boon, labourer, Eastgate, said: My son, James Boon, resided with me, and was a fireman in the employ of the Midland Railway Co.  He was 22 years of age.  I last saw him alive about 8 o'clock this morning.  He had been on night duty.  He was not married.  He was in his usual health this morning and left my house about 10 o'clock.  He had no trouble or care of any kind.  I heard about 12 o'clock that he was drowned, and I went down the North Bank and I there saw him lying on the bank quite dead.  I do not think he could swin.  I do not know of any thing that could cause him to commit suicide.  The body was quite naked when I saw it on the bank. -George Vail, engine cleaner, Eastgate, said: I was on duty last night and came home with the deceased, and we arranged to go for a bathe at 10 o'clock this morning.  I met deceased and we went down the North Bank to bathe in the river Nene.  We both went into the water, I first.  We crossed the river and returned to the bank, and deceased had started out again.  I was sitting on the bank and heard a splash, and saw deceased struggling in the water.  I went out to him and tried to assist him, but found I could not manage him, although I tried my best to rescue him.  I then went for assistance to men shunting on the G.E. Railway, and some of them came back with me.  I left them to get the body out while I went to inform the police.  The water was about 5ft deep where deceased was drowned.  I can swin, and so could the deceased.  I think he was seized with cramp.  He complained of pain in his chest as we were walking to the river. - William Tyres, platelayer, Stanground, said; I was working this morning on the G.E.R. when the last witness came and said a "chap was drowning in the river".  I went with him and could see the body of a man lying at the bottom.  I undressed, went in, and got him out and laid him on the bank.  He was quite dead.  He was lying in a hole in the river about 5ft deep, near the new bridge. - Verdict, "accidently drowned".


1890  1 August - Stamford Mercury

1925 Kelly's Directory

Britannia, William Henry Atkins, Eastgate

** All census transcriptions have been reproduced with kind permission of Findmypast (

© The National Archives, London, England

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

1956 14 February - Peterborough Advertiser

Image reproduced with kind permission of Findmypast (


BRITANNIA INN Eastgate Peterborough advertiser 14.