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The Gate Tavern

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NAME GATE TAVERN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES GATE HANGS WELL, GATE INN. Previously the BEERHOUSE
ADDRESS 10 and 11 HOWARD STREET
The proximity to a church gate, toll gate or town gate gave rise to this name.

Before 1874 this was a BEERHOUSE and between 1896 and 1911 it had an on-beerhouse license. It is also referred to at times as 'The Gate Hangs Well'. The Beerhouse does not show on the town planning map of 1888-89, nor on subsequent maps until the 1953-1968 map of Leicestershire where it is shown as a public house on the corner of Jenner Street. The only pubs that are on Howard Street on the 1888 map are the ALMA INN on the corner of Stoney Stanton Road, and the THREE SHUTTLES at No's.34 and 35. Numbering of the buildings seems to have been consecutive numbers on the south side of the street as No's.10 and 11, and 34 and 35 appear on the same side of the street.

The buildings at the lower part of Howard Street are long since gone and the area is now a car park for the Hospital. Only the Three Shuttles remains in relative isolation along with 3 adjoining terraced houses including No's 31 and 32.

The pub closed on 29th October 1978.
Known Licensees are;
1874 T. Bailey
1881 - 1905 Charles Chamberlain
1909 - 1912 Charles Chamberlain junior
1919 - 1922 George N. White
1924 - 1929 Ellen J. White
1931 - 1932 Cecil Castle
1933 - 1934 T. H. Benton
1935 - 1936 A. Hunt
1937 - 1938 K. R. Addison
1939 - 1940 W. L. Morgan
1960's Bernard Williams (see above)
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Dict PN Proximity to a church gate, toll gate or some gate was usually enough to bring about this pub name

to 1874 See BEERHOUSE, 10 Howard Street

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P52 GATE, Howard Street Beerhouse On
Owner : Mary Ann Dutton, Hill Street
later Charles Chamberlain snr
Licensee : Charles Chamberlain
12.4.1893 TOL to Charles Chamberlain jnr

1887 COC P 56 Cov Times Inn signs & Poem

17.12.1962 Citypubs 84 ' Gate Hands Well '

1977 WRAG 1 ' The Gate Hangs Well '

29.10.1978 Closed

LICENSEES

1874 C&B T. Bailey
1878 LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain
1881 C&B Charles Chamberlain

1886 C&B Charles Chamberlain

1890/91 R&G Charles Chamberlain

1893 Reporter Charles Chamberlain
1893 LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain
1893 LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain jnr
1894 R&G Charles Chamberlain

1896 R&G Charles Chamberlain On beerhouse
1898 LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain jnr
1903 R&G Charles Chamberlain On beerhouse

1905 R&G Charles Chamberlain On beerhouse

1909 R&G Charles Chamberlain, junior On beerhouse

1911/12 Spennell C. Chamberlain On beerhouse

1919 Spennell George N. White Public House

1921/22 Spennell George N. White

1924 P. James Ellen J. White

1926/27 P. James Ellen J. White

1929 P. James Ellen J. White

1931/32 P. James Cecil Castle

1933/34 P. James T.H.Benton

1935/36 P. James A.Hunt

1937/38 P. James K. R. Addison

1939/40 P. James W. L. Morgan

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P52 Mary Ann Dutton, Hill Street
later LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain snr
1898 LJ Vol1 P52 Charles Chamberlain snr

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