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A sad story of our times.


Lot 11 from the 1919 auction catalogue


And comprising : The Bar, Bar Parlour, Tap Room, Four Bed Rooms, Box Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen, Scullery and Detached Wash-house, Lock-up, Coach-house and Store Sheds, Stabling for Four Horses with Chaff Room, Horse Standing, Loose Boxes, Open Shed and Lavatory.


With, 15a. 3r. 14p, of Arable and Pasture Land. Let at Rents apportioned for the purposes of this Sale as follows :-


Representatives of the late Mr. Bloomfield. 0a.0r. 32p. at £38, Yearly, subject to 3 months notice.


Representatives of the late Mr. Bloomfield. 4a. 3r. 2p. at £12 Yearly, subject to 3 months notice.


Mr. E.W. Padfield. 8a. 1r. 0p. at £14 Yearly.


Mr. C. Brooks. 2a. 2r. 20p. at £3 10s Yearly.


A Total Rental of £67 10. per annum.


Outgoings : Tithe Rent Charge (Commuted Amount) £3 0s 7d.


Land Tax Charge (Commuted Amount) £1 11s 0d.


Water is laid on to the House and Buildings from a Spring in the field adjoining. The Purchaser was Messrs Seabrook & Sons Ltd of Thurrock Brewery, Grays Essex. Paying £2400 for it.



The Bear apx 1910.

Photo below from the Romford History facebook page, thanks to Karen Gibson. At a guess, 1930s.

The Bear in 2005. Photo Don Tait.

Extended some time previously to the left and the right, including poorly matched windows, but the original central section is still obvious.

Don Tait, September 2014

2019 picture by Don Tait after the pub had been refurbished and renamed The Deers Rest (without an apostrophe)


Below a Pub Site with info on The Bear's past licensees and residents and one earlier photo.