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The Black Dog

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Cook Street 1910

NAME BLACK DOG
ADDRESS 10 COOK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES SILVER STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1728 BLACK DOG, Cook Street, DOG
1808 1845 RED HORSE
1850 1854 BLACK DOG
1856 1858 PRINCE OF WALES
The 'Black Dog of Arden' was Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, in the early fourteenth century. He was one of those who plotted to kill Pier Gaveston, favourite of Edward II, in 1312. There is also a Black Dog in Southam.

In 1854 it was the site of very dramatic events. Nelson Webb, aged 22 years, and his wife Eliza, aged 25, had both, until shortly before the event, occupied the Black Dog Inn in Silver Street.

However, Nelson was aware that Eliza had married him bigamously, already having a husband in America. Webb's business affairs were not going well either, so he left the Back Dog and the license previously in his hands was transferred to a relative of his wife called Thompson. Webb's existence was unsettled but his wife remained at the Black Dog. One day in April, Nelson Webb entered the Black Dog and asked his wife for a glass of ale. She refused him upon which he drew a pistol and shot her dead.

By 1856 it had become the PRINCE OF WALES

Known Licensees at the BLACK DOG are;
to c1728 James Powney

Known Licensees at the RED HORSE are;
1841 Thomas Smith
1845 Samuel Pinches

Known Licensees at the BLACK DOG are;
1850 Edward Nelson
1854 Nelson Webb
1854 ? Thompson

Known Licensees at the PRINCE OF WALES are;
1856 William Boyard
1856 Elizabeth Bennet
1861 Bridget Richards
1868 Elizabeth Smith


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DATE SOURCE TEXT

 

1728 JA71 London Gazette Black Dog, Cook Street

 

1845 - 1850 JA71 To 1845 / 50 Red Horse

 

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

 

1854 FDSDC P92......Nelson Webb, aged twenty two years, and his wife Eliza, aged twenty five....had both until shortly before the event, occupied the Black Dog Inn in Silver Street..

 

.....and Webb left the Black Dog.....the license previoulsy in his hands was transferred to a relative of his wife called Thompson. Webbs existence was unsettled but his wife remained at the Black Dog

 

P 93-95 Account of the murder

 

1856 JACS 10.10.1856Transfer of license from William Boyard to Elizabeth Bennett. It was called the ' Prince of Wales ' at the time.

 

1856 JA71 By 1856 had become the Prince of Wales

 

LICENSEES

 

1850 CS Edward Watson

to 1854 FDSDC P92 Nelson Webb

from 1854 FDSDC P92 Thompson

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