Southampton steam packet 1843
Steam packet to Southampton, 1843

Robinson of Pear Tree Green, Hampshire

Family mythology & research - Robinson/Tilbury (i):

"The Pear Tree Inn, Southampton - Eliza's nephew William was the last Robinson Licencee there.
He sold it to Brickwoods. (It was bombed during the 2nd world war, but has since been rebuilt.)
He lost his licence for being drunk and disorderly and driving his pony and trap throwing apples at people (not the first time). Did it once too often. He was known as "Old Brasher Robinson".
The place had a very old escapier peartree at the end of the house from which no doubt the pub and area got its name."

Family mythology & research - Robinson:

"I believe Eliza Robinson bp. 5 March 1820 to be the sister of my g.g.grandfather
Arthur Robinson bp. 18 May 1818 St. Mary Extra, Southampton.
Eliza and Arthurs' parents were William Robinson and Ursula (nee Kerley).
It appears that after Ursula's death in 1829, William married an Ann Tilley 13th September 1830 and it was she who was living with William and his son Charles in the 1841 census.
Ann died 1848 (from gravestone).
I think that it was Eliza's youngest brother William, bp. 8 August 1824, who was landlord of The Pear Tree Inn, not a nephew. Arthur, my g.g.grandfather, owned The King and Queen Inn at Hamble from c.1845. His family were there until well into the 1920's."

Family mythology & research - Robinson/Tilbury (ii):

"I have found another brother for Eliza, named Charles b. 1817 - I have found him with Eliza's father William on quite a few censuses of Peartree Green and Southampton.
There was possibly another, Edward b. 1824/25.
Eliza's brother William b. 1825 was the Landlord of the Pear Tree Inn, then his son William b. 1860 was landlord. So Eliza's brother and then her nephew were Pear Tree Inn landlords.
Eliza's father William was b. 1780, and may well have married an Ursula. Quite a few females in the family had a second name of Ursula - an example: Eliza's niece Ann Ursula, b. 1851.
Arthur Robinson is definitely the brother of our Eliza Robinson who married Charles Tilbury."

For contact with the above researchers, see Guestbook entries for "Robinson"
March 2010 Gbk entry from another of William's descendants (ggggdson)
Additional information from more descendants would be very welcome


St. Mary Extra, Southampton

Post Office Directory Southampton 1843 (William Cooper)

ROBINSON, Wm. smith, Hawthorn Cottage, Pear-tree Green
ROBINSON, Sidney Watson, 15, West front, Kingsland-pl.
ROBINSON, John, blacksmith, Royal Oak, Itchen Ferry
ROBINSON, William, 58, Lower East street
ROBINSON, Arthur, blacksmith, Hamble

Entries for PEAR-TREE GREEN:
BRADLEY, Mrs. James, Sidney Cottage
BYAM, Mrs. Pear-tree-lodge
DAWSON, Misses, Pear-tree Cottage,
GILES, Alfred, esq., civil engineer, Myrtle Cottage
HUNT, William, bailiff, Pear-tree farm
LOCK, Mrs. Prince's Cottage
PHILLIPS, George, mariner
PRINCE, J. C., registrar, Cypress Cottage
ROBINSON, Wm., smith, Hawthorn Cottage
SHRAPNELL, Mrs. General, Pear-tree-house
TOWTON, George sen., parish clerk, Bittern
WOODLEY, L., mariner

Southampton Steam Packets, to and from the Isle of Wight & Portsmouth:
Gem, Malmesbury, Medina, George, Ruby, Victoria, Buccleugh.
Built expressly for the CONVEYANCE of CARRIAGES and HORSES,
to and from SOUTHAMPTON & COWES.
Four-wheel Carriages, £1; ditto drawn by one Horse, 14s. Two-wheel ditto, 10s.; Horses, each, 5s.; Beasts, 4s.; Calves, 1s.; Sheep, per score, 6s.; Lambs, per score, 5s. If only one Horse or Beast, 10s.
For further particulars, and also for Towing Vessels in and out of Harbour, apply to JOSEPH CLARK, Jun., No. 18 and No. 83, High Street; CAPT. D. CORKE, 10, Bugle Street; at the Office next door to the Vine Inn; at Matcham's Royal Mail Coach Office, Above Bar; all the Inns and Coach Offices in Southampton, West and East Cowes, Ryde, and Portsmouth; and Chaplin and Horne's Offices in London.


Post Office Directory for Hampshire, 1855
ROBINSON John, "Royal Oak" & blksmth, Itchen
ROBINSON William, blacksmith, Peartree Green

Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 1859

ST. MARY EXTRA PARISH is on the east side of the Itchen estuary, opposite Southampton, with which it is connected by Itchen Ferry, or Floating Bridge.... It is called St. Mary Extra, from its being formerly a chapelry to St. Mary's parish in Southampton. It extends southward along the eastern shore of the Itchen estuary and Southampton Water from Bitterne to Netley, and comprises about 2100 acres of land, rising boldly from the beach, and having many handsome villas and neat houses, with tasteful gardens and richly wooded lawns, commanding picturesque views of Southampton and the opposite side of the broad estuary, as far as New Forest.

PEARTREE GREEN is the only open part of what was formerly Ridgeway Heath, and there is still upon it a very ancient pear tree that has been split by lightning, but still bears fruit. Near it is an Independent Chapel, built in 1838, at the cost of about £1500. ...

The parish is divided into two tithings ... and includes the adjacent villages of Itchen, (or Itchen Ferry,) Woolston, and Peartree Green; near the Floating Bridge, the Old Ferry, and the Wharfs, opposite Southampton. The north end of the parish was Ridgeway Heath, but the greater part of it was enclosed many years ago ....

ANDREWS Thomas, gent.
ARTHUR Edw. mr. mariner
BOYCE Capt. Charles
BRADBY Thos., Esq. R.N. Peatree Lodge
HESKETH Robt. Esq. Peartree House
LAISHLEY Rev. Rd. (Indpt.)
PRINCE Jas. Callaway, registrar, and estate and insurance agent
ROBINSON Wm., blacksmith*
TWYFORD Miss, school
WEBSTER Matthew, parish clerk and schoolmaster
WIDDRINGTON Mrs. Sidney, West Cliff
WILSON Rt. Esq. Oak Lodge
[No Inns, Taverns or Beerhouses listed for Peartree Green]
* ROBINSON Edw., blacksmith at Itchen (St. Mary Extra)


The Solicitors' Journal & Reporter
Bankrupts - Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1865 - To Surrender in London.
ROBINSON, Wm, Pear Tree Green, Southampton, Smith.
Pet. Sept 16. Oct 3 at 12. Mackey [sollicitor], Southampton

Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, 1865
ROBINSON Charlotte, Royal Oak
ROBINSON Edward, George inn

Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset, 1875
St. Mary Extra
ROBINSON Charlotte (Mrs.), Royal Oak
ROBINSON Edward, blacksmith
ROBINSON Robert, Red Lion
ROBINSON William, blacksmith

White's Directory of Hampshire, 1878
ROBINSON Arthur, Hamble-le-Rice
ROBINSON Edward, Itchen Ferry road, Itchen, Southampton
ROBINSON William, Pertree green
ROBINSON Wm., 19 Pye st., Landport


1881: lvg. Pear Tree Inn, St Mary Extra, Hampshire
William ROBINSON, Head (Widower) age 56 b. S M Extra, Hampshire (Inn Keeper)
    Ann Ursula ROBINSON, Daur (U) age 30 b. S M Extra, Hampshire (Inn Keeper Daur)
    William ROBINSON, Son (U) age 21 b. S M Extra, Hampshire (Plumber)
    Albert ROBINSON, Son (U) age 16 b. S M Extra, Hampshire (Plumber - Apprentice)
+ William WHEELER, Boarder (U) age 21 b. S M Extra, Hampshire (Machinist)

Stevens' Directory of Southampton, and neighbourhood, 1884 (pg. 657)
ROBINSON Wm., beer retailer, Pear Tree Inn

Kelly's Directory of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, 1898
St. Mary Extra
ROBINSON Edward, blacksmith
ROBINSON William, beer retailer


The Pear Tree & the Green

From "Sketches of Hampshire" by John Duthy, 1839 (pg. 425)
[The] age of the [pear] tree is not known, but it should probably be reckoned by centuries, as the green was named from it more than two hundred years since.
From "Archaeological Reports" by Ministry of Public Building and Works (GB) 1958, pg. 4
...the Roman stones were carted from Bitterne in order to build a chapel on Pear Tree Green, and afterwards the Manor House itself was used first as a farmhouse and then as an inn.
From "All the Year Round" by Charles Dickens, 1874
In the time of Queen Elizabeth many of the Roman stones from Bittern were carted to Pear Tree Green, to help build a new chapel. The old manor-house, where the bishops in the middle ages had kept their hospitable Christmas and held their court and which was probably built on Roman foundations, dwindled gradually.
From "Antiquarian and Topographical Sketches of Hampshire" by Henry Moody, 1846 (pg. 298)
The parish of ST. MARY EXTRA, formerly a part of St. Mary, Southampton, occupies the lower part of the Itchen Valley on its eastern bank. The church on PEAR-TREE GREEN was erected in 1624 in consequence of the inconvenience experienced by the inhabitants in attending the mother church of St. Mary in the winter months. The living is a perpetual curacy in the gift of the Rev. W. Davis, of the annual value of £70. The parish contains the hamlets of Itchen Ferry, Woolston and Ridgway, the former of which is principally occupied by fishermen, who at a no distant date were wont after the fashion of their Catholic ancestors, to celebrate the festival of their Patron Saint. The 29th of June was invariably kept as a holiday; the finny tribe had a respite, a procession was formed by the whole of the inhabitants of the place, and an image of St. Peter was borne in triumph.
The parish of Hound adjoins that of St. Mary extra, Southampton, on the south-east, and the living is a vicarage, with the chapelry of Bursledon annexed.
From "Black's Guide to the South-eastern Counties of England - Hampshire" by Adam and Charles Black, 1861 (pg. 750)
We quit Southampton by the Floating Bridge, and turn aside to visit the pretty village of ITCHEN (population, 1446). Here, on the pleasant knoll, called PEARTREE GREEN, environed with leafy elm and vigorous oak, stands JESUS CHAPEL, erected in the year 1613, and more remarkable for the beauty of its site than the grace of its architecture. A lane in its rear joins the main road, and next, a turning to the right conducts us into the direct route to Netley. Following this path, we leave the sandbank, clothed with oak-foliage, which rises from the shore of the Itchen, and gain the verge of Southampton Water ... from this point enjoy the picturesque view ... of the historic town and its mast-thronged docks.
From the "History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight" by William White, 1878 (pg. 489)
The NATIONAL SCHOOLS, on Peartree Green, were built in 1848-50 ... and there is still upon it a very ancient pear tree that has been split by lightning.

Charles, Francis William, James Tilbury & sisters Ellen, Eliza, Kate, Mary
Their father Charles Tilbury of Southampton and of the Royal Hotel, Aldershot

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Sources: Descendants, Census, Google Books Online, University of Leicester Historical Directories Database - with thanks

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