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The Black Prince

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Once the through road to the "Great Park", one of Coventry's most ancient and appropriately named streets is Much Park Street, seen here in 1912.

NAME BLACK PRINCE
ADDRESS 79 MUCH PARK STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1828 1919 BLACK PRINCE
1919 1924 YE OLDE BLACK PRINCE
Edward, Prince of Wales (1330 - 1376), was the eldest son of Edward III. He was known as the Black Prince because of the colour of his armour. His death of ill health at the early age of forty six was a distinct loss to the nation, his military skill coupled with humanity in victory having been much admired. The Royal Navy had several warships bearing his name, the first launched in 1650.

The Black Prince is first referred to in Pigot 1828. In a will of 1837 Edward II Phillips left the Black Prince to his son, George Septimus Phillips. At that time it was occupied by C. Thomas. By the time of the 1919/20 Coventry Directory it was ' Ye Olde Black Prince '. By 1926 the premises had become a lodging house.
Known Licensees are;
1828 - 1841 Charles Thomas
1845 J. Goodman ( Market Street - a mistake )
1850 Sarah Goodman
1851 Sarah Edwards
1861 Thomas Griffiths
1868 - 1874 Thomas P. Johnson
1879 Thomas Whitaker
1881 John Read
1886 - 1894 Benjamin Mason
1896 Alf Cook
1903 Ezra Simpson
1905 G. Tutton
1909 J. Harvey
1919 - 1924 A. E. Robinson
Owners
c1837 Edward (II) Phillips
c1837 George Septimus Phillips
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Dict PN Edward, Prince of Wales ( 1330 - 1376 ) was the eldest son of Edward II. He was known as the Black Prince because of the colour of his armour. His death of ill health at the early age of forty-six was a distinct loss to the nation, his military skill coupled with humanity in victory having been much admired. The Royal Navy had several warships bearing his name, the first launched in 1650.

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Will of Edward ( II ) Phillips left the BLACK PRINCE to his son George Septimus Phillips. Occupied by C. Thomas.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 BLACK PRINCE, Much Park Street Alehouse
Owner Thomas Page Johnson, London Road, Coventry
later Arthur James Lucas, Leamington
later Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright
Licensee : Thomas Page Johnson
14.8.1879 TOL to Thomas Whitaker
20.1.1880 TOL to John Read
11.8.1881 TOL to Henry Harley
26.4.1883 TOL to William Henry Hopkins
6.11.1884 TOL to Benjamin Mason
18.3.1887 TOL to Andrew James Lewis & William Wells Ridley
5.12.1895 TOL to Alfred Cooke
27.10.1898 TOL to Ezra Simpson

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

LICENSEES

1828/29 Pigot Chas Thomas

1835 Pigot Charles Thomas

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Charles Thomas

1841 Census Charles Thomas 65 yo b Wks & 10 others

1841 Pigot Charles Thomas

1845 Kelly J. Goodman ( Marker Street - mistake )

1850 CS Sarah Goodman

1851 Census Sarah Edwards 40 yo b Redditch & 1s, 2d

1861 Census Thomas Griffiths 56 yo b Coventry m Sarah, 52 & 1 servant

1868 Buchanan T. Johnson

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Johnson

1871 Census Thomas P. Johnson 48 yo b Coventry m Hannah D., 37 & 5s,

1874 C&B T. Johnson [ 1 servant
1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 Thomas Page Johnson
1879 LJ Vol 1 P24 Thomas Page Johnson
1879 LJ Vol 1 P24 Thomas Whitaker
1879 Stevens Thomas Whitaker
1880 LJ Vol 1 P24 Thomas Whitaker
1880 LJ Vol 1 P24 John Read
1881 C&B John Read
1881 LJ Vol 1 P24 John Read
1881 LJ Vol 1 P24 Henry Harley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P24 Henry Harley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P24 William Henry Hopkins
1884 LJ Vol 1 P24 William Henry Hopkins
1884 LJ Vol 1 P24 Benjamin Mason
1886 C&B Benjamin Mason
1887 LJ Vol 1 P24 Andrew James Lewis & William Wells Ridley ( this must be Lewis )
1890/91 R&G Benjamin Mason [ & Ridley the brewers taking over )
1893 Reporter Benjamin Mason

1894 R&G Benjamin Mason
1895 LJ Vol 1 P24 Alfred Cooke
1896 R&G Alf Cook
1898 LJ Vol 1 P24 Alfred Cooke
1898 LJ Vol 1 P24 Ezra Simpson
1903 R&G Ezra Simpson

1905 R&G G. Tutton

1909 R&G J. Harvey

1919 Spennell A. E. Robinson Ye Olde Black Prince

1921/22 Spennell A. E. Robinson " " " "

1924 Spennell A. E. Robinson " " " "

OWNERS

c1837 CR 101/8/731 Edward ( II ) Phillips

c1837 CR 101/8/731 George Septimus Phillips.
1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 Thomas Page Johnson, London Road, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P24 Arthur James Lucas, Leamington
later LJ Vol 1 P24 Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright
1898 LJ Vol 1 P24 Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright

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