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The Board

NAME BOARD
ALTERNATIVE NAMES later SYDENHAM PALACE
ADDRESS 1 LOWER FORD STREET
Board means 'to board intoxicating liquor'. In some cases the need for a premises to have 'a board' , that is a sign board, suggested this name as some places did in fact display a blank board. However, in this case, the Board identified a person sellling beer from their home; in other words a beerhouse under the 1839 Beerhouse Act, the real origin of the 'public house'. Lucas, Arkwright & Co; Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwight and the Leamington Brewery are the same business.

This was a brewery depot that used the outbuildings attached to the SYDENHAM PALACE
Known licensees are;
1868 Charles Southam
1886 Lucas, Arkwright & Co
1891 Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright
1894 F. Harrison, Leamington Brewery Co
1896 W. Newman, Leamington Brewery

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Beer July 2008 P9 The Board identified a person selling beer form their home - the first ( Whats Brewing Supplement ) public house - as in the 1839 Beerhouse Act

Dict PN Means ' to board intoxicating liquor '. In some cases the need for an inn to have ' a board ' suggested the name, since some inns did in fact display a blank board.

No 1 Lower Ford Street was the Sydenham Palace. This must have been a depot attached to the Sydenham.

1.9.1865 JA141 CS License granted to Charles Southam for Lower Ford Street

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 BOARD, Lower Ford Street Alehouse - 6 day license
Owner : Arthur J. lewis
later Morton Peto Lucas & others
later Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright
Licensee : Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
6.8.1885 TOL to { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
5.8.1886 TOL to Frederick Harrison
9.4.1895 TOL to Walter Newman

1893 See SPITTLEMORE BAR

LICENSEES

1865 JA141 CS Charles Southam

1868 Buchanan Charles Southam

23.11.1868 Lantern Charles Southam

1874 1000 Years William Shufflebothan, Wine Merchant
1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
1885 LJ Vol 1 P28 Arthur James Lucas & William Wells Ridley
1885 LJ Vol 1 P28 { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
5.8.1886 TOL to Frederick Harrison
9.4.1895 TOL to Walter Newman
1886 C&B Lucas, Arkwright & Co
1886 LJ Vol 1 P28 { Morton Peto Lucas
{ Frederick Murray Lucas
{ Arthur Herbert Blackwell
{ Herbert Robert Arkwright
1886 LJ Vol 1 P28 Frederick Harrison
1890/91 R&G Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright

1894 R&G F. Harrison, Leamington Brewery Co
1895 LJ Vol 1 P28 Frederick Harrison
1895 LJ Vol 1 P28 Walter Newman
1896 R&G W. Newman, Leamington Brewery

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P28 Arthur J. lewis
later LJ Vol 1 P28 Morton Peto Lucas & others
later LJ Vol 1 P28 Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright
1898 LJ Vol 1 P28 Lucas, Blackwell & Arkwright

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