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The Fountain Inn

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NAME FOUNTAIN INN
ADDRESS 27 CROSS CHEAPING
This sign can be heraldic, referring to the Crest of the Plumber's Company and also the badge of the Master Mariners, or it can refer to a nearby spring or well. Before piped water was a part of everyday life such natural sources of water were of great importance. In Coventry this may well refer to the city's conduits.

It is thought that this pub was not established until the 1840's or 1850's and it was a timber framed building. In 1867 we have a record that Henry Howe, who lived at the Fountain, attended Katherine Bailey's Charity School.

In 1929 the license was surrendered for the transfer of the license of the Boadicea, Market Place, to the Burnt Post, Kenpas Highway.
Known Licensees are;
1868 - 1874 Mrs Maria Howe
1879 Joseph Frost
1881 A. Thorne
1886 W. Reader
1890 - 1896 J. W. Atkinson
1903 - 1905 A. J. Warner
1909 - 1929 Charles James Davis
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Dict PN This sign can be heraldic, referring to the crest of the Plumber's company and also the badge of the Master Mariners, or it can refer to a nearby spring or well. Before piped water was a normal part of everyday life such natural sources of water were of some importance ( the conduits ? )

1840 - 1850 Cov Streets P87 Not established until 1840 - 1850's

Cov Streets P85 On map

Cov Streets P94 Believed to have been timber framed

19.9.1867 CR 368/15/201 Henry Howe of the Fountain attends Katherine Bayley's Charity School.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 FOUNTAIN, Cross Cheaping Alehouse
Owner : Thomas Berry, Brownshill Green, Coventry
later Johnson & Mason, Coventry
Licensee : Maria Howe
10.7.1879 TOL to Joseph Frost
9.12.1880 TOL to Albert Thorne
2.11.1882 TOL to Henry Marston
7.8.1884 TOL to Samuel Lombard
5.11.1885 TOL to William Reader
19.4.1888 TOL to John William Atkinson
29.10.1896 TOL to Arthur John Warner

1914 Cov Review 15.5.1974 On plan

Cov Streets P102 Documents for 27 Cross Cheaping

1929 Police License surrendered for the removal of the Boadicea, Market Place, which was transferred to the Burnt Post, Kenpas Road.

LICENSEES

1863 Kelly William Howe

1868 Buchanan Mrs M. Howe
23.11.1868 Lantern Maria Howe
1871 Census Maria Howe 52yo b Binley & 2d, 2s

1874 C&B M. Howe
1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 Maria Howe
1879 LJ Vol 1 P19 Maria Howe
1879 LJ Vol 1 P19 Joseph Frost
1879 Stevens Joseph Frost
1880 LJ Vol 1 P19 Joseph Frost
1880 LJ Vol 1 P19 Albert Thorne
1881 C&B A. Thorne
1882 LJ Vol 1 P19 Albert Thorne
1882 LJ Vol 1 P19 Henry Marston
1884 LJ Vol 1 P19 Henry Marston
1884 LJ Vol 1 P19 Samuel Lombard
1885 LJ Vol 1 P19 Samuel Lombard
1885 LJ Vol 1 P19 William Reader
1886 C&B W. Reader
1888 LJ Vol 1 P19 William Reader
1888 LJ Vol 1 P19 John William Atkinson
1890/91 R&G J. W. Atkinson

1893 Reporter J. W. Atkinson

1894 R&G J. W. Atkinson

1896 R&G J. W. Atkinson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P19 John William Atkinson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P19 Arthur John Warner
1898 LJ Vol 1 P19 Arthur John Warner
1903 R&G A. J. Warner

1905 R&G A. J. Warner

1909 R&G C. J. Davis

1911/12 Spennell Charles J. Davis

1912/13 Spennell Charles J. Davis

1919 Spennell Charles James Davis

1921/22 Spennell Charles James Davis

1924 P.James Charles James Davis

1926/27 P.James Charles James Davis

1929 P.James Charles James Davis

1931/32 P.James Licensee not named. Not listed in street section.

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P19 Thomas Berry, Brownshill Green, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P19 Johnson & Mason, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P19 Johnson & Mason, Coventry

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