Robert Neech - Publican?


A saltglaze stoneware spirit flask that I have, impressed with the wine and spirit merchant details "R NEECH/CAPE OF.GOOD HOPE/LIME ST/CITY". From its form, the date of manufacture should be between 1840 and 1850.

From an emailed contribution from Neil Smith ....

In an attempt to date it more accurately, I have searched the contemporary street directories for London, but have been unable to find any reference to R.Neech at the Cape of Good Hope public house. I suspect his time as the publican there was probably limited; perhaps less than a year, as there don't seem to be any significant gaps in the dates for other publicans at the Cape of Good Hope around this time, although 1849 might be a possibility.

Directories show the following publicans:
1838 C.Chedzoy
1839-43 J.W.Porter
1844-46 Robert Sparks
1847-48 Johnson
1850 Bishop
1851-52 Wm.Hn.Richards

There were a father and son both named Robert Neech, born in England; the father in 1788 and the son in 1816. Either of these could be candidates.

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