|ADDRESS||29 CROSS CHEAPING|
|ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES||20 CROSS CHEAPING, BISHOP STREET, THE BURGES|
|THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY||FROM||TO||KNOWN AS|
|1792||1803||BREWER'S ARMS*/ TWO BREWERS*|
This pub gets its name from the famous market cross of Coventry which stood in the market (Cross Cheaping) until falling down. A replica now stands in Trinity Lane/Hay Lane.
*There is mention of the BREWER'S ARMS (also referred to as theTWO BREWERS) at the bottom of Cross Cheaping in the Coventry Mercury of 20th August 1792. In 1803 it appears to have closed. Whether the BREWER'S ARMS became the VOLUNTEER and then the COVENTRY CROSS has not yet been established.
In 1919 Phillips & Marriott obtained the freehold.
|Known Licensees are;
1868 - 1874 William Whitehead
1879 - 1881 Thomas Gregory
1886 - 1893 G. Skidmore
1894 - 1905 Charles J. Wareham
1907 - 1909 Samuel Drakeford Hadden
1910 Thomas Pegg Turman (or Furman)
1911 - 1913 W. J. Buckler
1914 George Alfred Pickard
1918 - 1922 Mrs. Lizzie Pickard
1922 John Alfred Weller
1929 - 1932 H. Johnson
1933 - 1934 T. Pointer
1935 - 1936 W. Towns
1937 - 1940 E. Deakin
1941 - 1945 Cecil Alfred Fleetwood
1945 - 1960 Mrs Lilian Hilda Fleetwood (widow)
to 1919 James Warden
from 1919 Phillips & Marriott
A Coventry Evening Telegraph newspaper article from 19th August 1960
Name From the famous market cross of Coventry, which stood in the market ( Cross Cheaping ) until falling down. A replicas now stands in Trintiy Street/ Hay Lane.
1868 JA53 The old Coventry Cross in Bushop Street closed c1856 and the new Coventry Cross opened c1868 with William Whitehead as licensee. In 1868 he is also listed as the licensee of the VOLUNTEER in Cross Cheaping, so this must have been the same pub. What is their relationship to the BREWERS/TWO BREWERS, also in Cross Cheaping ?
1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs
28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 12 COVENTRY CROSS, Burges / Cross Cheaping Alehouse
Owner : William Whitehead, Hill Cross, Coventry
later Mr Whitehead, Stephen Street, Coventry
later Bass & Co, Burton on Trent
Licensee : James Cole
7.11.1878 TOL to Thomas Gregory
6.11.1884 TOL to Jane Gregory
15.1.1885 TOL to George Skidmore
18.4.1893 TOL to Edward Horsfield
20.10.1894 TOL to Charles John Wareham
19.10.1898 fined £ 1 & costs 11/6 selling during prohibited hours
23.12.1904 P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott for 21 years for £ 150 p.a. ( including 2 cottages ) from James Warden, Walsgrave on Sowe.
1914 Cov Review 15.3.1974 On plan
29.9.1919 P&M PR Freehold
10.8.1960 Citypubs 5
1979 WRAG2 Nice beer in basic local
1982 WRAG3 Subdivided bar is advertised as a bar/lounge. Very quiet after the hurley-burley of other city centre pubs. Mainly middle aged clientele. Good beer in very basic surroundings
1982 News 26 A years reprieve from being converted onyo a wine bar.
1984 Pubscrawl 82 One of the few old-fashioned drinking houses in the city centre, surrounded by Hogarthian faces and gut-ripping coughs. Sandwiched between the brightly-lit Plaza Studio and the Kwik Chick take away, the Coventry Cross hides its light under a bushel. Its a drab pub inside and out.
All this is to change in the near future. Mitchells and Butlers are closing down the Cross for several months and carrying out a
£ 60,000 renovation. Thy've been threatening to do this for a long time. Only a spiriterd campaign by the regulars prevented the brewery turning it into a wine bar. Now its going to be a ' real ale ' bar instead. I am intigued to see what M&B make of the conversion - particularly as the plans include a beer garden offering views of that babbling brook otherwise known as the River Sherbourne.
1984 Pubscrawl 99 .....a leather Chesterfield. on a pedestal nearby stood a poyyed aspidestra....and just to complete the atmosphere of pre-war domesticity, at right angles to the aspidestra stood a glass-fronted bookcase, full of well-thumbed tomes like ' The Archers of the Years ' by Hulliday Sutherland or ' This England ' by W. G. Shears. The building itself goes back to the 17th century and it has been a pub since at least 1869. Framed on one of the walls is an invoice dated from that year. In more recent times the pub was kept for many years by a legendary landlady by the name of Lil FDleetwood. In the years after the war, I'm told, her front bar was famous as the earky evening haunt for local businessmen with large cigars and homburg hats. Later she played host to visiting variety stars like Athur Englishm Max Wall and Donald Pears.
Rather like live variety theatre, the Coventry Cross went into a steady decline after the demise of Mrs Fleetwood. Only a spirited campaign by the regulars prevented Mitchells and Butlers from turning it into a wine bar a year ago
Instead the brewery has just spent £ 65,000 on a major refurbishment. They've opened up the building, laid oak and stone floors, exposed old beams and filled the place with traditional good- quality second-hand furniture and old-fashioned bric-a-brac.
The overall effect is quite pleasing and a considerable improvement on the rather drab surroundings that existed when they closed the pace down just after Christmas.
1868 Buchanan William Whitehead
1871 Census William Whitehead
1874 C&B W. Whitehead
1878 LJ Vol 1 P 12 James Cole
1878 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Thomas Gregory
1879 Stevens Thomas Gregory
1881 C&B T. Gregory
1884 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Thomas Gregory
1884 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Jane Gregory
1885 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Jane Gregory
1885 LJ Vol 1 P 12 George Skidmore
1886 C&B G. Skidmore
1890/91 R&G G. Skidmore
1893 Reporter G. Skidmore
1893 LJ Vol 1 P 12 George Skidmore
1893 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Edward Horsfield
1894 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Edward Horsfield
1894 LJ Vol 1 P 12 Charles John Wareham
1894 R&G Charles Wareham
1896 R&G Charles Wareham
1903 R&G Charles J. Wareham
1905 R&G Charles J. Wareham
18.4.1907 P&M PR Samuel Drakeford Hadden
1909 R&G Samuel D. Hadden
25.8.1910 P&M PR Thomas Pegg Turman ( or Furman )
1911/12 Spennell J. Buckler
1912/13 Spennell W. J. Buckler
28.9.1914 P&M PR George Alfred Pickard
1.10.1918 P&M PR Lizzie Pickard
1919 Spennell Mrs Pickard
1921/22 Spennell Mrs Pickard
26.6.1922 P&M PR John Alfred Weller manager
1929 P. James H. Johnson
1931/32 P. James H. Johnson
1933/34 P. James T. Pointer Inn - Cross Cheaping
1935/36 P. James W. Towns " " "
1937/38 P. James E. Deakin " " "
1939/40 P. James E. Deakin " " "
1941 News 2-11 Cecil Alfred Fleetwood
1945 News 2-11 Cecil Alfred Fleetwood
1945 News 2-11 Mrs Lilian Hilda Fleetwood
1953 LTSD Hotel, Burges
1960 News 2-11 Mrs Lilian Hilda Fleetwood
28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 12 William Whitehead, Hill Cross, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P 12 Mr Whitehead, Stephen Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P 12 Bass & Co, Burton on Trent ( were they lessees )
1904 P&M PR James Warden, Walsgrave on Sowe.
1919 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott
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