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The Freemasons Tavern

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Information contained in this clipping would date it to about 1970
NAME FREEMASONS TAVERN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES previously FREEHOLD TAVERN
ADDRESS 1 and 3 FREEHOLD STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 237 HARNALL LANE WEST
Until 1879 this was the FREEHOLD TAVERN, so the early history of this pub is found under that name.

The original freemasons were stone masons in medaeval Europe who operated a closed shop system. They used secret signs to exclude what would now be called cowboy builders. In modern times the freemasons are members of a fraternal society that does a certain amount of charitable work.

In 1879 the Freemasosn was recorded as a Beerhouse.

In c1991 the pub closed to become a Jalalabad Temple.
Known Licensees are;
1879 - 1881 John Thomas Jordan
1886 G. E. Taylor
1890 - 1903 J. Mills
1905 Herbert Mills
1909 - 1913 Benjamin Lane
1919 - 1924 William Benbow
1926 - 1932 H. S. Remington
1933 - c1953 H. Marshall (see above)
c1953 - c1967 Mr Davies (see above)
c1967 onwards Percy Dunn (see above)
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Dict PN The original freemasons were stone masons in medaeval Europe who operated a closed shop union. They used secret signs to exclude what would now be called cowboy builders. In modern times the freemasons are members of a fraternal society which does a cetain amount of charitable work.

to 1878 See Freehold Tavern

28.8.1878 LJ VoL 1 P51 FREEMASONS TAVERN, Freehold Street Alehouse
Owner : Henry Willford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later J. Marston & Son Ltd, Burton on Trent
Licensee : Frederick William Williams
5.6.1879 TOL to John Thomas Jordan
27.4.1882 TOL to Henry Willford & Thomas Henry Greasley
17.1.1884 TOL to William Thomas Randle & Jane Randells
14.1.1886 TOL to George Edward Taylor
4.11.1886 TOL to William Josiah Mills
28.6.1888 TOL to Josiah Mills
1.4.1875 fined £ 5 & costs Sunday trading

See Lost Pubs 11

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

1912 OS Map

28.4.1961 Citypubs 40

c1991 Closed. Became Jalalabad Temple

LICENSEES

1878 LJ VoL 1 P51 Frederick William Williams
1879 LJ VoL 1 P51 Frederick William Williams
1879 LJ VoL 1 P51 John Thomas Jordan
1879 Stevens John Thomas Jordan Beerhouse

1881 C&B John J. Jordan
1882 LJ VoL 1 P51 John Thomas Jordan
1882 LJ VoL 1 P51 Henry Willford & Thomas Henry Greasley
1884 LJ VoL 1 P51 Henry Willford & Thomas Henry Greasley
1884 LJ VoL 1 P51 William Thomas Randle & Jane Randells
1886 LJ VoL 1 P51 William Thomas Randle & Jane Randells
1886 LJ VoL 1 P51 George Edward Taylor
1886 C&B G. E. Taylor
1886 LJ VoL 1 P51 William Josiah Mills
1888 LJ VoL 1 P51 William Josiah Mills
1888 LJ VoL 1 P51 Josiah Mills
1890/91 R&G J. Mills

1893 Reporter J. Mills

1894 R&G J. Mills

1896 R&G J. Mills
1898 LJ VoL 1 P51 Josiah Mills
1903 R&G J. Mills

1905 R&G Herbert Mills

1909 R&G B. Lane

1911/12 Spennell Benjamin Lane

1912/13 Spennell Benjamin Lane

1919 Spennell William Benbow

1921/22 Spennell William Benbow

1924 P. James William Benbow

1926/27 P. James H. S. Remington

1929 P. James H. S. Remington

1931/32 P. James H. S. Remington

1933/34 P. James H. Marshall Freehold Street

1935/36 P. James H. Marshall Freehold Street

1937/38 P. James H. Marshall Freehold Street

1939/40 P. James H. Marshall Freehold Street

1953 LTSD Harnall Lane East

1966 Barrett

OWNERS

1878 LJ VoL 1 P51 Henry Willford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ VoL 1 P51 J. Marston & Son Ltd, Burton on Trent
1898 LJ VoL 1 P51 J. Marston & Son Ltd, Burton on Trent

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