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The Bell

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Greyfriars Lane. The Bell was opposite Ford's Hospital, shown here on the right

NAME BELL
ADDRESS 60 GREYFRIARS LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES WARWICK LANE
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1756 1884 (1909) BELL, BLUEBELL
1874 1939 CHEYLESMORE INN

A distinctive, yet simple, shape which has greatly appealed to sign makers over the centuries. Church bells or hand bells are usually those referred to in pub signs.

In 1756, six soldiers were billeted here. The name seemed to vary over the years between Bell and Bluebell. J. Jeps in 1868 seems to be the same as Jennifer Jeffs. This became theCHEYLESMORE INN c1896 although there seems to have been some confusion about the name for the following ten years. J. Roberts in 1905 and G. K. Driver in 1909 are licensees of the Bell according to Robertson & Gray's Directory, yet in Phillips & Marriott's Property Register they are licensees of the Cheylesmore !.

Known Licensees at the BELL are;
1828 - 1829 Sarah Suckling
1841 William Pearson
1845 J. Cooper
1850 - 1851 Elizabeth Jephcott
1861 William Jeffs
1868 Jennifer Jeffs ( J. Jeps ) ( wife of William Jeffs )
1871 - 1879 William King
1881 - 1886 Thomas Oates ( Oats )
1905 J. Roberts
1909 G. K. Driver

Known Licensees at the CHEYLESMORE INN are;
1874 George Hollick
1890 - 1896 G. Barnett
1898 - 1905 Jonathan Roberts
1905 - 1906 Walter Ebourne
1907 George Knight Driver
1909 Charles Taylor
1910 - 1922 Joseph Smith
1924 - 1934 A. G. Maisey
1935 Patrick Joseph McGreal
1935 Arthur Edward Haymes (see also Woolpack, Spon Street 1939 - 1960)

Owners
1874 George Hollick
1874 - 1891 Mrs. Sarah Hollick
1891 Sarah Harris ( same as above, remarried )
1891 - 1896 Charles Webb Iliffe
1896 - 1924 Phillips & Marriott
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Dict PN Appart from its distinctive sound, it has a conveniently distinctive, yet simple, shape which has greatly appealed to sign makers through the centuries. Church bells and hand bells are those mainly referred to in pub signs.

1756 Aldeman Hewitt 6 soldiers billeted

c1800 COC P42 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

Corner of Warwick Lane and Greyfriars Lane

10.11.1866 JA141 CS Transferof license from William Jeffs to Jennifer Jeffs, widow of late occupant.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P26 BELL, Warwick Lane / Grey Friars Lane Alehouse
Owner : Mr George Lloyd, Hay Lane, executor of George Hollick deceased
Licensee : William King
9.7.1880 TOL to Thomas John Oates
18.4.1889 TOL to George Barnett ( Cheylesmore from now )
27.10.1897 TOL to John Shilton
28.7.1898 TOL to Jonathan Roberts
13.1.1881 fined 10/- & costs -?- sale
2.7.1881 fined 40/- & costs & license endorsed permitting drunkenness.
30.10.1886 fined 10/- & costs permitting drunkenness

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

1896 JA121 Became CHEYLESMORE INN ( but 10 year overlap ! )

LICENSEES

1828/29 Pigot Sarah Suckling

1841 Census William Pearson

1845 Kelly J. Cooper Bluebell

1850 CS Elizabeth Jephcott Bell

1851 Census Elizabeth Jephcott 55 yo b Willoughby ( Warwick Lane )

1861 Census William Jeffs 35 yo b Coventry m Jennifer & 2s, 2 lodgers Bluebell

1866 JA141 CS William Jeffs

1866 JA141 CS Jennifer Jeffs, widow of late occupant.

1868 Buchanan J. Jeps Bluebell

23.11.1868 Lantern Jennifer Jeffs Bell

1871 Census William King 60 yo b Hinckley m Eliza, 46 & 3 lodgers Bell Tavern

1874 C&B William King Bell
1878 LJ Vol 1 P26 William King
1879 Stevens William King Bell
1880 LJ Vol 1 P26 William King
1880 LJ Vol 1 P26 Thomas John Oates
1881 C&B Thomas Oats Bluebell

1886 C&B Thomas Oates "
1889 LJ Vol 1 P26 Thomas John Oates
1889 LJ Vol 1 P26 George Barnett ( Cheylesmore from now )
1897 LJ Vol 1 P26 George Barnett
1897 LJ Vol 1 P26 John Shilton
1898 LJ Vol 1 P26 John Shilton
1898 LJ Vol 1 P26 Jonathan Roberts
1905 R&G J. Roberts Bell }

1909 R&G G. K. Driver " }

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P26 Mr George Lloyd, Hay Lane, executor of George Hollick deceased
1898 LJ Vol 1 P26 Mr George Lloyd, Hay Lane, executor of George Hollick deceased

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