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    The Orchard, Ruislip, is a well known place with its own history. I have a problem, however, in establishing, who was the owner or manager of the restaurant during the war. Despite searches and requests I came to nothing, but information it was owned or licensed by Ansells family.
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    Franek

    The newspaper archive on FMP has loads of adverts for the Hotel from the Uxbridge & West Drayton Gazette throughout the war, and in among them are a couple of snippets:

    The April 28th 1939 edition has an advert for the Hotel, with "L H Ansell, Resident Director" at the bottom.

    The February 21st 1941 edition reported charges against a man for passing dud cheques, and includes the following: "the charges were of obtaining 15 from Mr. L. Ansell, at the Orchard Hotel, Ruislip, on January 15..."

    The September 6th 1946 edition has the following notice:

    Mr. L. Ansell, having given the use of the restaurant and ballroom to the St. David's Home for Wounded Servicemen, for a Charity ball, apologises for any inconvenience that may derive from the closing of the restauarant and ballroom on the evening of Monday, 16th September, and knows that toy join him in wishing a very successful night to a most deserving cause.

    He's mentioned in connection with the Orchard Hotel as far back as 1935. See also:

    http://www.ruisliponline.com/pubs/orchard.htm

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    Franek, Hi,

    You will – no doubt – have seen:-
    The Orchard Hotel
    Following the extension of the Metropolitan Railway to Ruislip, and the resulting influx of visitors to the area, Albert Cross built a bungalow from where teas were served to day-trippers. This became a success and Cross had the building expanded, which soon became The Orchard Hotel. Between 1933 and 1971 it became an Ansells licensed bar and well-known high-class restaurant. It then became a Beefeater steak house, which it remains, and was recently extended with a Premier Inn hotel. During the Battle of Britain, The Orchard was very popular with the pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron stationed at RAF Northolt, who celebrated many of their successes in battle there. The owner was known to open a bottle of Champagne for each German aircraft shot down by the squadron.
    From https://kids.kiddle.co/Ruislip.
    A much enlarged version (plus new accommodation) still exists at GE 51.572953 -0.431160.

    You may like to try Ansells Brewery, Allied Breweries, and https://www.gov.uk/government/organi.../land-registry. The Land Registry will, I think, only tell you (for a fee!!) who – legally – owned the land, and any buildings on it. The period after WW2 was a time of some considerable upheaval in the UK brewing trade/industry. There were a number of company mergers, buy-outs, and even bankruptcies! It is likely, therefore, that during these upheavals the preservation of the various company archives was of fairly low priority!!!

    As a last resort, you might try CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale - http://www.camra.org.uk/). They might know – or know who does? Alternatively, Ruislip Library (southruislip-library@hillingdon.gov.uk) may be able to steer you in the right direction?

    Best I can do!

    Peter
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thanks guys!
    The plot thickens. I find that The Orchard was acquired by Louis Henry 'Leslie' Ansell of Ickenham Road in 1932. I wonder if there is any connection with Ansells Brewery or a coincidence. Ansell had wife Marjorie 'Margery' Jenkyns married 1935 and daughters Pamela (1932) and Michelle. He passed away on 30 March 1963. He might have not been a British subject at birth and not born in the UK, but I need to verify this.
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    Hello again Franek

    There are quite a few of mentions on him on ancestry.co.uk on incoming and outgoing passenger lists, including a departure to New York aboard the Queen Mary (first class!) in 1960 with Marjorie and Pamela - that manifesto gives his date of birth as May 30th 1904.

    Can't seem to find him on the 1911 census, unless he was just listed as Henry on the form.

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    Simon

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    Thanks Simon!
    He is, Louis Anshelowitz son of Chaim and Minnie born in Leicester.
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