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The Antelope

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Gosford Street 1924

NAME ANTELOPE
ADDRESS 72 GOSFORD STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1773 1773 PORCHED ( PORCHE'S ) HOUSE
1822 1927 ANTELOPE

This fairly common sign is usually heraldic, referring obliquely to the Dukes of Bedford or Gloucester, or perhaps to Henry IV, Henry V or Henry VI. Alternatively (and perhaps more likely), it refers to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

In 1773 this is the PORCHED HOUSE, the name changing to the ANTELOPE by 1822. It closed in 1927.

Known licensees are;

1822 - 1835     William Laxon

1841                William Merrydale

1850 - 1851     Thomas Bateman

1861 - 1874     Thomas Riley

1879 - 1881     Samuel Jackson

1886                A. Slater

1890 - 1894     George Steane

1896 - 1903     George Unwin

1905                B. Clarke

1909 - 1927     Benjamin Gilbert

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Dict PN Fairly common sign that is usually heraldic, referring to the Dukes of Bedford or Gloucester, or perhaps to Henry IV, Henry V or Henry VI. Also the emblem of the Royal Watwcikshire Regiment.

1773 1000 Years See PORCHED HOUSE. By 1822 name changed to ANTELOPE

12.1.1776 JA142 P9 CM To be let upon lease - a large house. Further particulars from Mr Bott at the sign of the Antelope in Gosford Street.

c1800 COC P41 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

21.5.1852 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Francis Lamb to John Eburne

7.1.1853 JA141 CS Transfer of license from John Eburne to Thomas Riley

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P 25 ANTELOPE, Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : Elizabeth Riley, Radford, later of Kenilworth
Licensee : Samuel Jackson
24.4.1884 TOL to Thomas Slater
28.5.1885 TOL to Agnes Slater
4.11.1886 TOL to George Steane
6.12.1894 TOL to George Unwin

c1912 CWL P19 Photo

1927 Closed ?

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot W. Laxon

1828/29 Pigot William Laxon

1835 Pigot William Laxon

1841 Pigot William Merrydale

1850 CS Thomas Bateman

1851 Census Thomas Bateman 48 yo & 1d
1852 JA141 CS Francis Lamb

1852 JA141 CS John Eburne

1853 JA141 CS John Eburne

1853 JA141 CS Thomas Riley

1861 Census Thomas Riley 40 yo b Thurlaston m Elizabeth, 41 & 1s, 1d

1868 Buchanan T. Riley

1871 Census Thomas Riley 51 yo b Coventry m Elizabeth, 51 & 1d

1874 C&B Thomas Riley
1878 LJ Vol1 P 25 Samuel Jackson
1879 Stevens Samuel Jackson

1881 C&B Samuel Jackson
1884 LJ Vol1 P 25 Samuel Jackson
1884 LJ Vol1 P 25 Thomas Slater
1885 LJ Vol1 P 25 Thomas Slater
1885 LJ Vol1 P 25 Agnes Slater
1886 C&B A. Slater
1886 LJ Vol1 P 25 Agnes Slater
1886 LJ Vol1 P 25 George Steane
1890/91 R&G George Steane

1893 Reporter G. Steane

1894 R&G George Steane
1894 LJ Vol1 P 25 George Steane
1894 LJ Vol1 P 25 George Unwin
1896 R&G George Unwin
1898 LJ Vol1 P 25 George Unwin
1903 R&G George Unwin

1905 R&G B. Clarke

1909 R&G B. Gilbert

1911/12 Spennell Benjamin Gilbert

1912/13 Spennell Benjamin Gilbert

1919 Spennell Benjamin Gilbert

1921/22 Spennell Benjamin Gilbert

1924 P. James Benjamin Gilbert

1926/27 P. James Benjamin Gilbert

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P 25 Elizabeth Riley, Radford, later of Kenilworth
1898 LJ Vol1 P 25 Elizabeth Riley, Radford, later of Kenilworth

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