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The Craven Arms Inn

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NAME CRAVEN ARMS INN
ADDRESS 58 CRAVEN STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 65 CRAVEN STREET, LORD STREET
Chapelfields was laid out on land belonging to Sir Thomas White's charity. Among the trustees of the charity at that time was the Earl of Craven, who owned Coombe Abbey, on the opposite side of the city.

The building of Chapelfields started in 1846, yet the earliest reference I have to the Craven Arms in in 1872, when the licensee, Joseph Evans, was fined for keeping the house open at an unlawful hour. From 1926 to 1929 the pub is advertising 'Johnson & Mason's Three Star Whiskey, Flowers celebrated Stratford Ales'. In 1982 it is described as a 'very friendly local. Excellent cocktails make for a special occassion'.

I remember the landlady of the time, Hazel Clifford, and her cocktails! In 1985 the outside toilets were moved indoors, whilst the multi roomed interior was knocked into one large room, incorporating what had been the next door house. In 2013 the pub was closed for a while during a dispute between the landlord and the owners, Enterprise Inns, over a rent rise. it re-opened shortly later with a new licensee.
Known Licensees are;
1872 - 1879 Joseph Evans
1879 - 1898 Frederick Henry Smith
1903 - 1925 Joseph Price
1926 - 1940 F. Baker
1982 Hazel Clifford
1982 - 1985 Robert Pritchard
Owners
1878 Philipp Cohen, Chapel Fields, Coventry
1898 Flowers & Son, Stratford on Avon
2012 Enterprise Inns

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Name Chapelfields was laid out on land belonging to Sir Thomas White's Charity. Amongst the trustees of the charity at the time was the Earl of Craven, who owned Coombe Abbey, on the opposite side of the city.

3.4.1872 JA16 CS Licensee Joseph Evans fined for keeping house open at an unlawful hour.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P14 CRAVEN ARMS, Lord Street Alehouse
Owner : Philip Cohen, Chapel Fields
later Flowers & Son, Stratford on Avon
Licensee : Joseph Evans
14.8.1879 TOL to Frederick Henry Smith

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

1904-11 OS Map

c1907 E&CE P80 Photo

1926/27 P. James Johnson & Mason's Three Star Whisky. Flowers Celebrated Stratford

1929 P. James Ales

1935 GT Flowers Ales ISC A Flowers House

1979 WRAG2 A pleasant local

1981 WRAG3 Very friendly local. Excellent cocktails make for special occassions.

1982 Pubscrawl 37 Outdoor loo. Conkers competition using tree in garden

6.3.1985 News 97 Photo of tug of war team in May Day Carnival

1985 Pubscrawl 156 No longer do you have to tramp to the gents across a yard where the bracing effects of wind and rain were supplemented, in the autumn months at least, by the occassional smack on the back of the head from falling conkers.

Now the gents has been moved inside - all tasteful tiles and warm air driers.

.......I tried to recall what it was like when this was one of two rooms heaving with humanity as manic pianist Ray Gilbert pounded the keyboard. The builders have done a very professional job knocking it through into one room, with a pubby brown and cream colour

scheme, a fine open fireplace and a raised bare-boarded games area that was once part of the shop next door.

2013 News 2-76 Craven closed 6.1.2013

Landlord had a row with pub company Enter[rise over a rent rise.
Re-opened soon after under new licensee.

3.2013 News 2-77 Re-opens, Owners Enterprise Inns

LICENSEES

1874 C&B J. Evans
1878 LJ Vol 1 P14 Joseph Evans
1879 LJ Vol 1 P14 Joseph Evans
1879 LJ Vol 1 P14 Frederick Henry Smith
1879 Stevens Frederick Henry Smith

1881 C&B F. H. Smith

1886 R&G F. H. Smith

1890/91 R&G F. H. Smith

1893 Reporter F. H. Smith

1894 R&G F. H. Smith

1896 R&G F. H. Smith
1898 LJ Vol 1 P14 Frederick Henry Smith
1903 R&G Joesph Price

1905 R&G Joesph Price

1909 R&G Joesph Price

1911/12 Spennell Joesph Price

1912/13 Spennell Joesph Price

1919 Spennell Joesph Price

1921/22 Spennell Joesph Price

1924 P. James Joesph Price

1926/27 P. James F. Baker Proprietor

1929 P. James F. Baker

1931/32 P. James F. Baker

1933/34 P. James F. Baker

1935/36 P. James F. Baker

1937/38 P. James F. Baker

1939/40 P. James F. Baker

1966 Barrett
1982 Pubscrawl 37 R. Pritchard

6.5.1985 News 79 Robert Pritchard

1985 Pubscrawl 156 Rob Pritchard

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P14 Philip Cohen, Chapel Fields
later LJ Vol 1 P14 Flowers & Son, Stratford on Avon
1898 LJ Vol 1 P14 Flowers & Son, Stratford on Avon
3.2012 News 2-77 Enterprise Inns

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