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The Admiral Codrington

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NAME ADMIRAL CODRINGTON
ALTERNATIVE NAMES LORD CODRINGTON, ADMIRAL SIR E. CODRINGTON, CODRINGTON ARMS
ADDRESS 13 (or 1) RADFORD ROAD
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES ST. COLUMBA'S CLOSE
Sir Edward Codrington (1770 - 1851) was born at Dodington in Gloucestershire. He entered the navy in 1793 and commanded the "Orion" at Trafalgar. Later he was in the Walcheren expedition. He was made Rear Admiral in 1814 and commanded the fleet at Washington and Baltimore in the American War. In 1826 he commanded the combined fleets of Great Britain, France and Russia at the Battle of Navarino in which the Turkish navy was destroyed. However, he was held to have exceeded orders in doing this and was recalled. He became Admiral of the Blue in 1837 and in 1839 was appointed Commander in Chief at Portsmouth. Since the earliest reference I have seen to the pub dates from 1843, it seems reasonable to assume that it originated with a retired naval man as a landlord, perhaps someone who had served under Codrington.

The first mention is in 1817 when Thomas Ingram was charged with poermitting drunkeness on his premises. In 1843 when two men were caught trying to pass counterfeit coins over the bar at the Codrington. Seven years later an inquest was held at the pub into the death of one Thomas Owen Hopkins, who committed suicide by hanging himself. Then in December 1899, the landlord of the day, George Rainbow, became the subject of an inquest himself after falling victim to his own home-brewed ale. He fell into it, or rather he fell into a boiling copper of water that he was about to use for mashing. The verdict was accidental death and, a terrible one at that, through scalding.

In 2012 the pub stood empty, fire damaged and derelict. Surely the eventual outcome will be its demolition and replacement with other buildings.

Recorded licensees are;
1817 - 1851 Thomas Ingram
1868 - 1893 Thomas ( W. ) Burden
1894 - 1896 George Rainbow
1905 - 1913 Thomas Paybody
1919 Samuel Daffern
1921 - 1940 William Fennemore
1958 James Tynan (see also Red House, Stoney Stanton Road)
1960s Joseph Quinn (see alsoat The Court House, Blackberry Lane)
1982 - 1985 Column Nugent

And brewers;
1892 - 1898 Thomas Burden
1898 - 1902 Mrs Elizabeth Gascoyne
1902 - 1920 Thomas Paybody

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Dict PN Sir Edward Codrington ( 1770 - 1855 ) led one of Nelson's squadrons at Trafalgar. In 1827, as Commander-in-chief of the combined British, French and Russian fleets, he was responsible for the defeat of the Turkish and Egyptian navies at Navarino Bay, helping the Greeks in their struggle forindependence.

News 87 Sir Edward Codrington ( 1770 - 1851 ), born at Dodington, Gloucestershire. Entered the navy in 1793 and commanded the Orion at Trafalgar. Later he was in the Walcheren expedition. Made Rear Admiral in 1814, he commanded the fleet at Washington and Baltimore in the American War. In 1826 he commanded the combined fleets of Great Britain, France and Russia at the Battleof Navarino in which he destroyed the Turkish navy. He was, however, held to have exceeded orders and was recalled. He became Admiral of the Blue in 1837 and was appointed Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth.

19.2.1817 JA62 CH&O Thomas Ingram of the Codrington Arms, Radford Raod, was charged with permitting drunkeness on his premises

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map
Admiral Sir E. Codrington

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P5 Owner : Charlotte Walker, Radford
Licensee : Thomas Burden
20.12.1894 TO: to George Rainbow
23.12.1875 fined 10/- & costs keeping open Sunday

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

9.2.1962 Citypubs 71

1985 Pubscrawl 121 According to the potted history, framed on the lounge bar wall, it dates back to at least 1843 when two men were caught trying to pass counterfeit half crowns over the bar.

Seven years later on an inquest was held at the pub into the death of one Thomas Owen Hopkins, who committed suicide by hanging himself.

In Deember 1899, the landlord of the day, George Rainbow, became the subject of an inquest himself, after falling vicitm to his own home brewed ale. He fell into it ! Or rather he fell into a boiling copper of water tht he was about to use in the mashing process. Verdict : accidental death, and a terrible one through severe scalding.

The lounge area is quite cosily furnished with paddedseats and potted plants, a zig-zag carpet and a gas fire at full blast.

Fred Became fire - damaged and derelict. Now divided into flats

LICENSEES

1817 JA62 CH&O Thomas Ingram Codrington Arms

1845 Kelly T. Ingram

1850 CS Thomas Ingram

1851 Census Thomas Ingram 61 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 61 & 2d, 2s

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Burden Lord Codrington

1871 Census Thomas Burden 47 yo b Wolvey m Jane,34 & 3d, 3s

1874 C&B W. Burden
28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P5 Thomas Burden
1879 Stevens Thomas Burden

1881 C&B W. Burden

1886 C&B T. Burden

1890/91 R&G Thomas Burden

1893 Reporter T. Burden
1894 LJ Vol1 P5 Thomas Burden
1894 LJ Vol1 P5 George Rainbow

1894 R&G G. Rainbow

1896 R&G G. Rainbow

1905 R&G Thomas Paybody

1909 R&G Thomas Paybody

1911/12 Spennell Thomas Paybody Admiral Sir E. Codrington

1912/13 Spennell Thomas Paybody

1919 Spennell Samuel Daffern

1921/22 Spennell W. Fennemore

1924 P.James W. Fennemore

1926/27 P.James William Fennemore

1929 P.James William Fennemore

1931/32 P.James William Fennemore

1933/34 P.James William Fennemore

1935/36 P.James William Fennemore

1937/38 P.James William Fennemore

1939/40 P.James William Fennemore

1953 LTSD

29.7.1982 News 54 Colum Nugent

1985 Ansells Mr C. Nugent

1985 Pubscrawl 121 Colum Nugent

BREWERS

1892 Friedrich Thomas Burden

1898 Friedrich Thomas Burden

1898 Friedrich Mrs Elizabeth Gascoyne

1902 Friedrich Mrs Elizabeth Gascoyne

1902 Friedrich Thomas Paybody

1914 WB P20 Thomas Paybody

1920 WB P20 Thomas Paybody

1920 Friedrich Thomas Paybody

OWNERS

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P5 Charlotte Walker, Radford

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