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The Dew Drop

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The Spotted Dog, 12-13 Bull Ring. Image from the Trinity Lodge website

NAME DEW DROP
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Earlier CHICKEN, SPOTTED DOG, PEEPING TOM VAULTS
ADDRESS 14 BUTCHER ROW
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES BULL RING

This is quite a popular pub name. It is a pun, Dew Drop Inn meaning 'do drop in'.

The name changed from the PEEPING TOM in c1876. In 1879 St. Michael's bell ringers are reported to have adjourned to the house of Mr Horsfall, the steeple keeper, the Dew Drop, Bull Ring, for refreshments. In 1881 it was owned by Thomas Henry White and in 1890 it was purchased by Phipps of Northampton. They bought the Dew Drop and the shop and house adjoining for £650 in 1890 from Messrs Edors. It closed c1912.

Known Licensees are;
1876 Charles Foxem
1876 Lucy Mullen
1879 Charles Horsfall
1881 H. French
1886 - 1905 Charles Clarke
1909 - 1912 Edward Thomas Horton
Owners;
1881 Thomas Henry White
1890 Messrs Edors
1890 - 1898 Phipps of Northamprton

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Dict PN A popular punning name: Dew Drop Inn for do drop in.

JA44 From PEEPING TOM c1876

24.3.1876 JA129 CH&O Transfer of license for Dew Drop, Bull Ring, from Charles Foxem to Lucy Mullen

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P25 DEW DROP, Butcher Row Alehouse
Owner : William Ratliff, Coventry
later Phipps & Co, Northampton
Licensee : Matthew James
1.5.1879 TOL to Charles Horsfall
11.11.1880 TOL to Henry French
3.11.1881 TOL to Elizabeth Taylor
7.12.1882 TOL to Charles John Macklin
1.11.1883 TOL to Richard Allen Holmes
6.12.1883 TOL to Alfred Birch
12.3.1885 TOL to Charles Clarke
21.12.1874 fined 40/- & costs. Selling without a license
18.3.1875 fined £ 3 & costs permitting drunkenness
5.12.1881 fined 20/- & costs keeping open premises

16.7.1879 JA129 Cov Times St Michaels bell ringers adjourn to the house of Mr C. Horsfall

( steeple keeper ), the Dew Drop, Bull Ring, where they partook of refreshments.

1881 Ja42 BA/A/7/317 Abstract of title of Thomas Henry White to properties including Dew Drop Inn ( tenanted by William Ratliff ), in Butcher Row.

1887 COC P57 Cov Times Inn signs - pun on ' do drop on '.

1890 Phipps Estate Ledger D Page 280

House and shop late Dew Drop Inn, 14 Butcher Row

House and shop adjoining Dew Drop Inn, 15 Butcher Row

Bought of Messrs Edors Sept 30, 1890 for £ 650

Added value £ 550 1898

c1912 Closed c1912

LICENSEES

1876 JA129 CH&O Charles Foxem
1876 JA129 CH&O & JA44 Lucy Mullen
1878 LJ Vol 1 P25 Matthew James
1879 LJ Vol 1 P25 Matthew James
1879 LJ Vol 1 P25 Charles Horsfall
1879 Stevens Charles Horsfall
1880 Stevens Charles Horsfall
1880 LJ Vol 1 P25 Henry French
1881 C&B H. French
1881 LJ Vol 1 P25 Henry French
1881 LJ Vol 1 P25 Elizabeth Taylor
1882 LJ Vol 1 P25 Elizabeth Taylor
1882 LJ Vol 1 P25 Charles John Macklin
1883 LJ Vol 1 P25 Charles John Macklin
1883 LJ Vol 1 P25 Richard Allen Holmes
1883 LJ Vol 1 P25 Alfred Birch
1885 LJ Vol 1 P25 Alfred Birch
1885 LJ Vol 1 P25 Charles Clarke
1886 C&B Charles Clarke

1890/91 R&G Charles Clarke

1893 Reporter Charles Clarke

1894 R&G Charles Clarke

1896 R&G Charles Clarke
1898 LJ Vol 1 P25 Charles Clarke
1903 R&G Charles Clarke

1905 R&G Charles Clarke

1909 R&G E. T. Horton

1911/12 Spennell Edard Thomas Horton

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P25 William Ratliff, Coventry
1881 JA42 BA/A/7/317 Thomas Henry White
later LJ Vol 1 P25 Phipps & Co, Northampton
1890 Phipps Estate Ledger D Page 280 Messrs Edors

1890 Phipps Estate Ledger D Page 280 Phipps
1898 LJ Vol 1 P25 Phipps & Co, Northampton

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