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The Canal Tavern

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NAME CANAL TAVERN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES BEERHOUSE
ADDRESS 5 LEICESTER ROW
This pub was named from its proximity to the Coventry Canal, and it probably dates from a period when the canal was quite a novelty. In 1835 this was recorded as the BEERHOUSE, Leicester Row In 1844 the seventeen month old daughter of the licensee, Robert Golsby, was found dead in the tavern. Her nurse-girl, Susannah Jarvis, who was under 13 years of age, was accused of her wilful murder, but found not guilty at her trial. The deed occured whilst Mrs Golsby was putting her 4 year old daughter to bed. Interestingly, at the same time her third daughter, Anne, aged just 9, was left to tend the bar! In 1879 the pub was purchased by Phillips & Marriott and in 1899 they valued it at £4500. From 1955 it was referred to as a hotel and it closed c1963.
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Known Licensees are;
1835 - 1841 Robert Golsby
1850 - 1851 Charles Spicer
1861 Sophia Spicer
1868 Arthur Birch
1871 - 1874 Luther Drakeford
1879 John Deeming
1881 William Thompson
1886 - 1891 F. Bushill
1894 - 1896 J. Keatley
1897 - 1916 John Payne ( and Amelia )
1916 - 1921 Daniel Hopkins
1921 - 1924 William Sagar manager
1926 - 1929 W. Statham
1931 - 1940 T. Bates
1955 - 1957 Harold A. Allen
1960's Dennis McCallum (see below) also see Courthouse Inn and Meriden Tavern


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Name From its proximity to the canal

1844 COC P46 17 month old daughter of landlord found dead in pub - Susannah Jarvis found guilty (NOT guilty see FDSDC below ).

1844 FDSDC P77,80&81 Golsby murder. Account of murder at Canal Tavern

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

10.11.1866 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Sophia Spicer to Thomas Goode

13.6.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Goode to Arthur Birch

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P13 CANAL TAVERN, Leicester Row Alehouse
Owner : Luther Drakeford
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee Luther Drakeford
7.11.1878 TOL to John Deeming
17.3.1881 TOL to William Thompson
3.11.1881 TOL to Robert Sutton
6.7.1882 TOL to John Dunnicliff
9.8.1883 TOL to Ann Payne
2.7.1885 TOL to Frederick Bushill
26.10.1893 TOL to Louisa Hamilton
17.5.1895 TOL to Josiah Keatley
4.3.1897 TOL to John Payne

1879 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

1892 JA48 PA58/7/15 John Collins died 12.10.1892
Executors were Ann Collins & John Smith

Ann Collins & John Smith returned property to Phillips & Marriott

' equity of redemption '. Does this mean it was mortgaged, or leased ?

30.9.1899 P&M PR Valued at £ 4500

1906 OS Map

1955 Referred to as a hotel from 1955

22.3.1963 Citypubs 89

1963 Closed c1963

LICENSEES

1835 Pigot Robert Golsby

1841 Census Robert Golsby 30 yo Not b Warks m Susan, 25 & 2 kids
1845 Kelly C. Spicer

1850 CS Charles Spicer

1851 Census Charles Spicer 57 yo b Coventry m Lucy, 58

1861 Census Sophia Spicer 64 yo b Welton widow & 2 visitors
1866 JA141 CS Sophia Spicer
1866 JA141 CS Thomas Goode
1867 JA141 CS Thomas Goode

1867 JA141 CS Arthur Birch

1868 Buchanan A. Birch
23.11.1868 Lantern Arthur Birch

1871 Census Luther Drakeford 39 yo b Bedworth m Mary, 39 & 1 nephew 1874 C&B Luther Drakeford [ & the Ingram family.
1878 LJ Vol 1 P13 Luther Drakeford
1878 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Deeming
1879 Stevens John Deeming
1881 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Deeming
1881 LJ Vol 1 P13 William Thompson
1881 C&B William Thompson
1881 LJ Vol 1 P13 Robert Sutton
1882 LJ Vol 1 P13 Robert Sutton
1882 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Dunnicliff
1883 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Dunnicliff
1883 LJ Vol 1 P13 Ann Payne
1885 LJ Vol 1 P13 Ann Payne
1885 LJ Vol 1 P13 Frederick Bushill
1886 C&B F. Bushill

1890/91 R&G F. Bushill
1893 LJ Vol 1 P13 Frederick Bushill
1893 LJ Vol 1 P13 Louisa Hamilton
1894 R&G J. Keatley ( is this one a year out ? )
1895 LJ Vol 1 P13 Louisa Hamilton
1895 LJ Vol 1 P13 Josiah Keatley
1896 R&G J. Keatley
1897 LJ Vol 1 P13 Josiah Keatley
1897 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Payne
6.1.1897 P&M PR John Payne
1898 LJ Vol 1 P13 John Payne

13.6.1901 P&M PR Amelia Payne

1903 R&G Amelia Payne

1905 R&G Amelia Payne

7.6.1906 P&M PR John Payne

1909 R&G John Payne

1.6.1910 P&M PR John Payne new agreement

1911/12 Spennell John Payne

1912/13 Spennell John Payne

22.5.1916 P&M PR John Payne died

27.6.1916 P&M PR Daniel Hopkins

1919 Spennell Daniel Hopkins

1921/22 Spennell Daniel Hopkins

23.9.1921 P&M PR William Sagar manager

1924 P James W. Sagar

1926/27 P James W. Statham

1929 P James W. Statham

1931/32 P James T. Bates

1933/34 P James T. Bates

1937/38 P James T. Bates

1939/40 P James T. Bates

1955/56 Barrett Harold A. Allen hotel

1957 Barrett Harold A. Allen "

1960 Barrett Licensee not named "

1961 Barrett Licensee not named "

1962 Barrett Licensee not named "

1966 Barrett "

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P13 Luther Drakeford
1879 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott

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