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The George Inn

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An outing by charabanc for patrons of The George Inn, Little Park Street. Image from the Trinity Lodge website

NAME GEORGE INN
ADDRESS 99 LITTLE PARK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 103 LITTLE PARK STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1779 GEORGE AND DRAGON
1803 1935 GEORGE INN
This name originally referred to St George, the patron saint of England (though he is often coupled with the dragon). Since 1714, George has been a kingly name in England, six different kings having borne it.

This pub is first mentioned in a register of loans and charities in 1802.

In 1808 the George Inn was the meeting place of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire (Freemasons). On 21st August 1840 there is mention of a wager between Mr Oakes, landlord of the Reindeer in Well Street and Mr East, landlord of the George, Little Park Street, in the Coventry Standard.

In 1896 it was purchased by Phillips and Marriott for £1200 and in 1899 they valued it at £2000. In 1924/26/27 it was a 'noted house for footballers' but on 24.8.1935 it closed. The site was near to the present Little Park Street Police Headquarters
Known Licensees at the GEORGE INN are;
1810 W. Lewin
1822 - 1823 M. Clarke
1835 Thomas Allen
1840 - 1841 William East
1850 - 1851 James East
1861 - 1879 Joseph Graynoth
1886 J. Wagland
1890 - 1891 G. Payne
1893 Joseph Payne
1894 J. Dunnicliff
1896 H. H. Archer
1896 - 1903 William Hornby
1903 - 1907 George Pearson
1907 - 1917 Arthur Lole
1917 - 1929 Albert Edward Brown
1931 - 1932 R. H. Burton
1933 - 1936 T. Bott

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Dict PN Originally it refered to St. George, patron saint of England ( though he is often coupled with a dragon ). Since 1714 George has been a kingly name in England, six different kings having borne it.

1779 JA JCM GEORGE & DRAGON, Little Park Street, to let. By 1803 name reduced to GEORGE.

c1800 COC P42 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1802 Register of Loans and Charities ( could this be the George, Fleet Street ? )

29.3.1810 CR 101/1/181 Bill - licensee W. Lewis no address

20.4.1811 CR 101/1/182 Bill " "

4.12.1835 JA125 CH&O Lecture on the Free Trade System at the George Inn, Little Park Street.

21.8.1840 JA16 CS Mention of a wager between Mr Oakes, landlord of the Reindeer, Well Street, and Mr East, landlord of the George, Little Park Street.

1847 Poole New water works at Spon End constructed. Before this there were upward of thirty public pumps, wells and conduits. One pump was near the George Inn, Little Park Street.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

7.10.1859 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Joseph Jelley to George Graynorth

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 GEORGE, Little Park Street Alehouse
Owner : James Marriott, Coventry
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee : Joseph Graynoth
3.11.1881 TOL to Annie Leese
16.3.1882 TOL to Sarah Ann Adams
2.11.1882 TOL to James Lumley
26.4.1883 TOL to Frederick Rainbow
31.5.1883 TOL to Elizabeth Hancox
6.12.1883 TOL to John Rush
7.8.1884 TOL to Robert Edward MacKintosh
23.4.1885 TOL to John Thomas Cockerill
3.12.1885 TOL to John Wayland
21.4.1887 TOL to John Dunnicliff
24.10.1895 TOL to Herbert Harry Archer
10.12.1896 TOL to William Hornby

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

18.5.1896 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 1200

1896 JA48 PA56/7/15 Conveyed from James Marriott to Phillips & Marriott for £ 1200

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 2000

24.5.1934 ACOV P35 Photo

The site of the George Inn is now by Little Park Street police headquarters.

1924 P. James Noted house for footballers

1926/27 P. James Noted house for footballers

24.8.1935 Closed

LICENSEES

1810 CR 101/1/181 W. Lewin

1822/23 Pigot M. Clarke

1828/29 Pigot Mary Clarke and excise office

1835 Pigot Thomas Allen

1840 JA16 CS Mr East

1841 Pigot William East

1841 Census William East 37 yo innkeeper not b Wks m Hannah, 40 & 6 kids

1845 Kelly W. East

1850 CS James East

1851 Census James East 26 yo innkeeper b Bkm m Ann, 37
1859 JA141 CS Joseph Jelley

1859 JA141 CS George Graynorth

1861 Census Joseph Graynoth 33 yo b Fillongley m Sarah, 23

1868 Buchanan J. Graynoth

23.11.1868 Lantern Joseph Graynoth

1871 Census Joseph Graynoth 44 yo b Fillongley m Sarah Ann, 33 & 3s, 2d,

1874 C&B J. Graynoth [ 1 servant, 1 visitor
1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 Joseph Graynoth
1879 Stevens Joseph Graynoth

1881 C&B J. Graynoth
1881 LJ Vol 1 P17 Joseph Graynoth
1881 LJ Vol 1 P17 Annie Leese
1882 LJ Vol 1 P17 Annie Leese
1882 LJ Vol 1 P17 Sarah Ann Adams
1882 LJ Vol 1 P17 James Lumley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 James Lumley
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 Frederick Rainbow
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 Elizabeth Hancox
1883 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Rush
1884 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Rush
1884 LJ Vol 1 P17 Robert Edward MacKintosh
1885 LJ Vol 1 P17 Robert Edward MacKintosh
1885 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Thomas Cockerill
1885 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Wayland
1886 C&B J. Wagland
1887 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Wayland
1887 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Dunnicliff
1890/91 R&G G. Payne

1893 Reporter Joseph Payne

1894 R&G J. Dunnicliff
1895 LJ Vol 1 P17 John Dunnicliff
1895 LJ Vol 1 P17 Herbert Harry Archer
1896 R&G H. H. Archer
1896 LJ Vol 1 P17 Herbert Harry Archer
1896 LJ Vol 1 P17 William Hornby
2.11.1896 P&M PR William Hornby
1898 LJ Vol 1 P17 William Hornby
20.1.1903 P&M PR George Pearson

1903 R&G George Pearson

1905 R&G George Pearson

1.7.1907 P&M PR Arthur Lole

1909 R&G A. Lole

1.6.1910 P&M PR A. Lole

1911/12 Spennell Arthur Lole

1912/13 Spennell Arthur Lole

28.3.1917 P&M PR Albert Edward Brown

1919 Spennell Albert E. Brown

1921/22 Spennell Albert E. Brown

1924 P. James Albert E. Brown

1926/27 P. James Albert E. Brown

1929 P. James Albert E. Brown

1931/32 P. James R. H. Burton

1933/34 P. James T. Bott

1935/36 P. James T. Bott

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P17 James Marriott, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P17 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
1898 LJ Vol 1 P17 Phillips & Marriott Ltd

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