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The Angel Hotel

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Cook Street in the 1930s

NAME ANGEL HOTEL
ADDRESS COOK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES COOK STREET SQUARE
The angel sign has been in use since the Middle Ages, reflecting the connection in those times between religious establishments and travellers' inns and hostels. This was an ancient inn, as it is recorded in 1480 as being on the Prior's ground. The Angel in Cook Street only assumed the title of Hotel in its latter years, from 1919.
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1845 George Smith
1850 - 1866 Elizabeth Smith ( deceased )
1866 - 1871 John Sawrey, Innkeeper and silk weaver
1874 John Smith
1879 - 1881 Frederick Rainbow
1886 W. Fitzhugh
1890 - 1924 Edward Lewin
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Dict PN A sign in use since the Middle Ages reflecting the early connection between religious establishments and travellers hostels.

1480 JA10 Angel in Cook Street recorded as being on Prior's ground

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map - Pig Market

COC P16 Removal of accessible inn signs as a prank

28.9.1866 JA125 CS Transfer of license from Elizabeth Smith ( deceased ) to John Sawrey.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 ANGEL, Cook Street Alehouse
Owner : Joseph Rigg, Well Street
later Edward Mattocks representatives, 13 Bishop Street, later Jesson Street
later Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham
Licensee : Frederick Rainbow
18.1.1883 TOL to William Fitzhugh
22.4.1886 TOL to Luke Wilson
19.4.1888 TOL to James Garvey Suddens
1.11.1888 TOL to Edward Lewin

1887 COC P52 Cov Times Inn signs

Only assumed the title of Hotel in later years.

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot Geo Smith

1828/29 Pigot George Smith

1835 Pigot George Smith

1841 Census George Smith 50 yo not b Wks & 2 kids ( Cook Street Square )

1845 Kelly G. Smith

1850 CS Elizabeth Smith

1851 Census Elizabeth Smith 48 yo b Long Itchington ( alone )

1866 JA125 CS Elizabeth Smith ( deceased )

1866 JA125 CS John Sawrey.

1868 Buchanan J. Laurey ( sic - Sawrey )

1868 Lantern John Sawrey

1871 Census John Sawrey 39 yo innkeeper & silk weaver b Coventry m Eliza, 37 1874 C&B John Smith [ & 3d, 1s
1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 Frederick Rainbow
1879 Stevens Frederick Rainbow

1881 C&B Frederick Rainbow
1883 LJ Vol 1 P40 Frederick Rainbow
1883 LJ Vol 1 P40 William Fitzhugh
1886 C&B W. Fitzhugh
1886 LJ Vol 1 P40 William Fitzhugh
1886 LJ Vol 1 P40 Luke Wilson
1888 LJ Vol 1 P40 Luke Wilson
1888 LJ Vol 1 P40 James Garvey Suddens
1888 LJ Vol 1 P40 Edward Lewin
1890/91 R&G E. Lewin

1893 Reporter E. Lewin

1894 R&G E. Lewin

1896 R&G E. Lewin

1898 LJ Vol 1 P40 Edward Lewin
1903 R&G E. Lewin

1905 R&G E. Lewin

1909 R&G E. Lewin

1911/12 Spennell Edward Lewin

1912/13 Spennell Edward Lewin

1919 Spennell Edward Lewin Hotel

1921/22 Spennell Edward Lewin "

1924 Spennell Edward Lewin "

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 Joseph Rigg, Well Street
later LJ Vol 1 P40 Edward Mattocks representatives, 13 Bishop Street,
later Jesson Street
later LJ Vol 1 P40 Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham
1898 LJ Vol 1 P40 Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham

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