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The Bunch of Flowers

NAME BUNCH OF FLOWERS
ADDRESS 68 EAST STREET
The sign is a pretty straightforward image. I wonder if there is any significance in the pub's proximity to Primrose Hill Street?

The earliest licensee, George Clay, was also a baker and grocer. Also the pub is recorded as having a beerhouse license in 1896 and 1903 so I would surmise that it was originally a bakers and grocers shop with a bar. It closed c.1908.

The Bunch of Flowers doesn't appear on any of the maps from 1888 to 1906, and there are no beerhouses recorded on those maps either.
Known Licensees are;
1861 - 1881 George Clay (also a baker and grocer)
1893 C. Bonham
1894 - 1903 J. Allen
1908 H. L. Frances

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28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P52 BUNCH OF FLOWERS, East Street Beerhouse On
Owner : M. Whitley, 26 Little Park St
later Ind Coope & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent
Licensee : George Clay
17.4.1890 TOL to Catherine Boneham
1.12.1892 TOL to Francis Barker
4.1.1894 TOL to James Allen
17.5.1893 fined 2/6 & costs for opening premises

1887 COC P54 Cov Times Inn signs

c1908 Closed

LICENSEES

1851 Census George Clay 37 yo baker, grocer & publican b Foleshill & lots

1874 C&B G. Clay
1878 LJ Vol 1 P52 George Clay
1881 C&B G. Clay

1884 C&B Licensee not named
1890 LJ Vol 1 P52 George Clay
1890 LJ Vol 1 P52 Catherine Boneham
1890/91 R&G Licensee not named
1892 LJ Vol 1 P52 Catherine Boneham
1892 LJ Vol 1 P52 Francis Barker
1893 Reporter C. Bonham A year out ?
1894 LJ Vol 1 P52 Francis Barker
1894 LJ Vol 1 P52 James Allen
1894 R&G J. Allen

1896 R&G J. Allen On beerhouse license

1903 R&G J. Allen On beerhouse license

1908 R&G H. L. Frances

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P52 M. Whitley, 26 Little Park St
later LJ Vol 1 P52 Ind Coope & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ Vol 1 P52 Ind Coope & Co Ltd, Burton on Trent

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