I have spent the day researching Sherborne lane, near to King William street in the city of London. I am aware that numbering in a road or lane changes over time, and therefore treat road numbers as an indicator of their address at that specific time.
My 1832, and 1842, street directory of Sherborne lane shows that at this time, there were only one licensed premises recognised.
My research usually involves looking for any records which involve public houses, taverns or wine merchants etc. I found quite a few.
At 16 Sherborne lane is the Girdlers Arms, also known as the Bull Tavern. This is latterly named the Clachan.
There are other licensed premises in Sherborne lane through the ccenturies, but it is very difficult to recognise these before census records exist.
These other records include :
31 March 1797, Will of Joseph Giles, Victualler of Sherborne Lane , City of London, records at Kew
24 October 1803, Insured: John Billinge, the Kings Head, St Swithins Lane, victualler, and John Castell, esq, Other property or occupiers: Sherborne Lane
28 November 1797, Insured: Samuel Nightingale, The Mail Coach, Sherborne Lane, victualler, records at the LMA
25 April 1811, Insured: John Pink, The Mail Coach, Sherborn Lane, victualler, records at the LMA
26 February 1817, Insured: John Bevan The Mail Coach 4 Sherborne Lane victualler, records at the LMA
Lots of entries for a Mr Float, at the Kings Head, Sherborne lane, Lombard street at the Licensed Victuallers Association between about 1827 and 1833. This record makes sense for the first time if you look at the street directory for St Swithins lane in 1832, when the Kings Head is at 39 St Swithins lane, with a Mr Float.
Mail Coach, Sherborne lane, regularly mentioned, including in 1826.
A William Kerr, wine merchant, Sherborne lane, regularly mentioned.
Excise Coffee house, 19 Sherborne lane, mentioned.
Also, from newspapers are these :
Englishman 18 April 1819
T Sherens was remanded on a charge by Mr J Parkhouse, landlord of the Coach and Horses, Sherborne lane, of having stolen a glass.
General Evening Post 20 April 1819
J Sherry was remanded, charged with stealing a glass from the Coach and Horses, in Sherborne lane, the landlord of which said he had, within the last two months, lost six or seven tumblers, 26 pint pots, and general knives and forks. The prisoner pleaded distress though he had 2s 6d in his pocket when apprehended.