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The Brittania

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NAME BRITANNIA
ADDRESS 65 NEW STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1822 1939 BRITANNIA
also in 1835 BEERHOUSE, New Street
Britannia was the Roman name for Britain. The first mention of the symbolic female figure occurs in Samuel Pepys's diaries and refers to a medal struck in 1665. Many pubs refer in some way to a ship named Britannia. The Royal Navy has been using the name since 1682.

From at least 1831 it was owned by the Free Grammar School and from 1831 to 1833 it was leased by Charles Rotherham. In 1862 it was leased to Mr C. G. Rose for 21 years for £24 per anum. In 1882 it was sold and in 1939 closed. It appears in Phipps Estate Ledger, unfortunately undated, with an annual rent of £30.

in 1835 this was the BEERHOUSE, New Street, Tansley
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 S. Johnson
1828 - 1829 John Ward
1835 John Coleman
1841 William Tansley
1845 - 1861 Joseph Bibb
1868 - 1881 James Greatorex
1886 - 1893 E. Dalton
1894 H. Cooke
1896 R. Herbert
1903 F. Ashbury
1905 D. E. Welsby
1909 - 1922 John Henry Cadman
1924 - 1927 F. Turner
1929 - 1932 G. H. Greetham
1933 - 1934 J. Cotterill
1935 - 1940 W. A. Turner
Owners
1831 - 1862 Free Grammar School
? Phipps

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Dict PN Britannia was the Roman name for Britain. First mentioned of the symbolic female figure occurs in the diaries of Samuel Pepys, and refers to a medal struck in 1665.

Many pubs refer to in some way to a ship which has been named Britannia. The Royal Navy has been using the name since 1682.

1831 JA7 & 34 Ref 21 Rental of Estates belonging to Free Grammar School.

A house, garden and premises occupied as a public house and called Britannia. Renewal of lease.

1831 - 33 Spon P17 Leased by Charles Rotherham

29.9.1838 JA34 Charities Inquiry

Expiration of 18 year lease to Charles Rotherham for Britannia pub.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1862 Poole Rental of Estates belonging to the Free Grammar School

The Britasnnia public house, on lease to Mr C. G. Rose, for twenty one years, which expires in 1866 £ 24 0s 0d.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 BRITANNIA, New Street Alehouse
Owner : Trustees Coventry Free School
later Henry Wellford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later Marston & Sons Ltd, Burton on Trent
Licensee : James Greatrex
26.4.1883 TOL to Frederick William Arbury
6.12.1883 TOL to Edward Dalton
26.10.1893 TOL to Charles Cooke
19.5.1894 TOL to Hannah Cooke
14.5.1896 TOL to Robert Herbert

6.6.1887 CR 64/3 ff2 Notice of sale with particulars

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

Source 17 Phipps Estate Ledger D P 276

Britannia P. H.

Page 276

Britannia, Coventry

Rent £ 30

1939 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot S. Johnson

1828/29 Pigot John Ward

1835 Pigot John Coleman

1841 Census William Tansley 48 yo b Wks m Mary, 45 & 4 kids

1841 Pigot William Tansley

1845 Kelly J. Bibb

1850 CS Jospeh Bibb

1851 Census Jospeh Bibb 40 yo b Great Barr m Judith, 46

1861 Census Jospeh Bibb 50 yo b Great Barr m Judith, 52 & 1 nephew

1868 Buchanan J. Greatorex

23.11.1868 Lantern James Greatorex

1871 Census James Greatorex 34 yo b -m Hannah, 60 & 1s, 1 servant

1874 C&B J. Greatorex
1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 James Greatrex
1881 C&B J. Greatorex
1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 James Greatrex
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 Frederick William Arbury
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 Edward Dalton
1886 C&B E. Dalton

1890/91 R&G E. Dalton

1893 Reporter E. Dalton
1893 LJ Vol 1 P17 Edward Dalton
1893 LJ Vol 1 P17 Charles Cooke
1894 LJ Vol 1 P17 Charles Cooke
1894 LJ Vol 1 P17 Hannah Cooke
1894 R&G H. Cooke
1896 LJ Vol 1 P17 Hannah Cooke
1896 LJ Vol 1 P17 Robert Herbert
1896 R&G R. Herbert
1898 LJ Vol 1 P17 Robert Herbert
1903 R&G F. Ashbury

1905 R&G D. E. Welsby

1909 R&G H. Cadman

1911/12 Spennell John Henry Cadman

1912/13 Spennell John Henry Cadman

1919 Spennell John Henry Cadman

1921/22 Spennell John Henry Cadman

1924 P. James F. Turner

1926/27 P. James F. Turner

1929 P. James G. H. Greetham

1931/32 P. James G. H. Greetham

1933/34 P. James J. Cotterill

1935/36 P. James W. A. Turner

1937/38 P. James W. A. Turner

1939/40 P. James W. A. Turner

OWNERS

1831 JA7 & 34 Ref 21 Free Grammar School

1862 Poole Free Grammar School

1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 Trustees Coventry Free School
later LJ Vol 1 P17 Henry Wellford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P17 Marston & Sons Ltd, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P17 Marston & Sons Ltd, Burton on Trent
? Source 17 Phipps

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