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The Barley Mow

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Leicester Street

In 1841 this was the BEERHOUSE, Leicester Street, Jordan

NAME BARLEY MOW
ALTERNATIVE NAMES BEERHOUSE
ADDRESS 52 LEICESTER STREET
A mow was a stack, of barley in this case. The sign of the barley mow simply meant that beer was being sold.

Our first reference to this pub is on 12th July 1844 when an inquest was held there. The pub was part of the group of buildings that comprised the Coventry Brewery, so it is easy to think of it as the 'brewery tap'. In an abstract of title of 1873 it is said that the Barley Mow was built by 'the Phillipses', who owned the Coventry Brewery from c 1825 to 1849, when Ratliff took over. However, the brewery predates the Phillipses, as it is recorded from 1802. In 1873 Ratliff raise a mortgage of £3000 on this pub, the brewery and six other pubs, which may have represented his entire assets at the time.

Until 1899 was part of Ratliff's estate. On the takeover of Ratliffs by Phillips & Marriott, it was valued at £1500 but was sold in 1912 to Coventry Corporation for £350 plus £500 compensation. It closed in c1914 but the building remained for many years afterwards as I have seen a photograph dated 1926
Licensees
1845 John Jordan
1850 William Morris
1861 William Sanders
1868 - 1881 John Harris
1886 S. Watts
1890 - 1893 H. Eves
1894 E. G. Peach
1896 W. A. Wakefield
1900 William Henry Cleaver
1900 - 1913 Joseph Lamb
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Dict PN A ' mow ' is a stack, and a barley mow was a simple indication that beer was being sold.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.9.1866 JA135 CH&O Transfer of license from Charles Knight to Ann Beake

9.11.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Ann Beake to John Harris

1873 JA40 PA 56/7/1 Ratliff's Abstract of Title

A 11.3.1873 Ratliff raised a mortgage of £ 3000 on the brewery; managers house; Barley Mow, Leicester Street; New Inn and cottage, Exhall; Old Dun Cow, Southam; Roual George, Grandborough; Bell and adjacent messuage, Keresley; Britannia, Emscote and George and Dragon, Atherstone

These properties belonged to the brewer Henry Phillips, then Ratliff.

The Barley Mow, which the Phillipses built on the Leicester Street frontage ( lately occupied by John Jordan but then by Thomas

Harris ).

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 BARLEY MOW, Leicester Street Alehouse
Owner : William Ratliff, Coventry
Licensee : John Harris
29.5.1884 TOL to Elizabeth Harris
3.12.1885 TOL to Samuel Walter
27.5.1886 TOL to Abraham Arnold
4.11.1886 TOL to William James Randells
8.3.1888 TOL to Henry Eaves
26.10.1893 TOL to Edward Green Peach
6.12.1894 TOL to Mary Ann Peach
24.10.1895 TOL to Mary Ann Wakefield
2.2.1899 TOL to William Henry Cleaver

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

to 1899 P&M PR Owned by Ratliff

from 1899 P&M PR Owned by Phillips & Marriott

30.9.1899 P&M PR Valued at £ 1500

1912 P&M PR Sold to Coventry Corporation with Coventry Brewery for £ 350 &

£ 500 compensation.

c1914 C;osed. Was it the brewery tap ?

1926 CR JN910qt 1926 C&W 601 Photograph

LICENSEES

1845 Kelly J. Jorden
1850 CS William Morris

1861 Census William Sanders 43yo m Catherine, 31 & 3s, 1d
1866 JA135 CH&O Charles Knight
1866 JA135 CH&O Ann Beake
1867 JA141 CS Ann Beake

1867 JA141 CS John Harris

1868 Buchanan J. Harris

23.11.1868 Lantern John Harris

1874 C&B J. Harris
1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 John Harris
1879 Stevens John Harris

1881 C&B J. Harris
1884 LJ Vol 1 P19 John Harris
1884 LJ Vol 1 P19 Elizabeth Harris
1885 LJ Vol 1 P19 Elizabeth Harris
1885 LJ Vol 1 P19 Samuel Walter
1886 LJ Vol 1 P19 Samuel Walter
1886 LJ Vol 1 P19 Abraham Arnold
1886 LJ Vol 1 P19 William James Randells
1886 C&B S. Watts This looks wrong !
1888 LJ Vol 1 P19 William James Randells
1888 LJ Vol 1 P19 Henry Eaves
1890/91 R&G H. Eaves

1893 Reporter H. Eaves
1893 LJ Vol 1 P19 Henry Eaves
1893 LJ Vol 1 P19 Edward Green Peach
1894 R&G E. G. Peach
1894 LJ Vol 1 P19 Edward Green Peach
1894 LJ Vol 1 P19 Mary Ann Peach
1895 LJ Vol 1 P19 Mary Ann Peach These must be the same person
1895 LJ Vol 1 P19 Mary Ann Wakefield These must be the same person
1896 R&G M. A. Wakefield
1899 LJ Vol 1 P19 Mary Ann Wakefield
1899 LJ Vol 1 P19 William Henry Cleaver
2.3.1900 P&M PR William Henry Cleaver

14.9.1900 P&M PR Joseph Lamb

1903 R&G Joseph Lamb

1905 R&G Joseph Lamb

1909 R&G Joseph Lamb

1.6.1910 P&M PR Joseph Lamb new agreement

1911/12 Spennell Joseph Lamb

1912/13 Spennell Joseph Lamb

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 William Ratliff, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P19 William Ratliff, Coventry

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