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The Gloucester Arms

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NAME GLOUCESTER ARMS
ADDRESS 57 STONEY STANTON ROAD
Was this named after Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later became Richard III or the Dukes of Gloucester who were descended from Groege V ?

In 1861 the Gloucester Arms was the site of the inquest into 'Betsy Beamish who died in Spencer Street on Tuesday, the 20th instant, under suspicious circumstances'. It is said on that day that the Gloucester Arms was packed to 'suffocation' and outside stood a crowd numbering up to seven hundred people. In 1867 the licensee was fined, but I do not know what his offence was.

In 1926 the pub was sold by Charringtons and it closed on 5th July 1968.
Known Licensees are;
1861 - 1874 William Chandler & builder
1879 John Alfred gardner
1881 F. Ayers
1886 Richard Tilt
1890 - 1893 E. Mealand
1894 - 1896 Mrs J. Mealand
1903 - 1919 George Kaye
1921 - 1932 W. W. Sheffield
1932 - 1938 F. J. Murphy
1940 H. Cox
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Dict PN Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later became King Richard III

JA5 Or the Dukes of Gloucester descended from George IV, whose arms are based on the Royal Coat of Arms

1861 FDSDC P115 The first witness at the inquest held at the Gloucester Arms on Stoney Stanton Road was Dr Goate

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The Gloucester Arms where the inquest took place. On the 26th August the inquest resumed,' on Betsy Beamish who died in Spencer Street on Tuesday, the 20th instant, under suspicious circumstances.' It is said on that day the Gloucester Arms was packed to 'suffocation' and outside stood a crowd numering up to seven hundred people.

6.9.1861 JA16 CS Inquest at Gloucester Arms

17.5.1867 JA16 CS Licensee fined at Gloucester Arms

17.5.1867 JA24 William Chandler charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer at a quarter to 12 o'clock on Monday 12th May. He pleaded guilty. As the police said the house, from thew time it had opened, had been well conducted, the case was dismissed, on the defendant putting 2s 6d in the poor box and paying 5s expenses.

28.8.1878 LJ P3 GLOUCESTER ARMS, Stoney Stanton Road Alehouse
Owner : James Marriott, Coventry
later J. Dekin ? Belgrave Hotel, Moseley Road, Birmingham
Licensee : Joseph Anstey
1.5.1879 TOL to Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
5.6.1879 TOL to John Alfred Gardner
3.11.1881 TOL to Richard Fell
20.1.1884 TOL to Fred Aymes
11.11.1886 TOL to Ellen Elizabeth Hall
1.8.1889 TOL to Edwin Mealand
12.4.1894 TOL to Jane Mealand
14.1.1878 fined 10/- & costs. Permitting gaming

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

12.1926 News 86 Sold by Charringtons

5.7.1968 JA16 CS Pub closed

LICENSEES

1861 Census William Chandler 41 yo b Cheltenham m Mary, 41 ( 6 Stoney 1868 Buchanan W. Chandler [ Stanton Rd )

23.11.1868 Lantern William Chandler

1871 Census William Chandler builder & licensed victualler b Coventry

1874 C&B William Chandler [ m Ann & 1 servant

1878 LJ P3 Joseph Anstey
1879 LJ P3 Joseph Anstey
1879 LJ P3 Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
1879 LJ P3 John Alfred Gardner
1879 Stevens John Alfred Gardner

1881 LJ P3 John Alfred Gardner

1881 LJ P3 Richard Fell

1881 C&B F. Ayers ????
1884 LJ P3 Richard Fell

1884 LJ P3 Fred Aymes

1886 C&B Richard Tilt ?????
1886 LJ P3 Fred Aymes
1886 LJ P3 Ellen Elizabeth Hall
1889 LJ P3 Ellen Elizabeth Hall
1889 LJ P3 Edwin Mealand
1890/91 R&G E. Mealand

1893 Reporter E. Mealand
1894 LJ P3 Edwin Mealand

1894 LJ P3 Jane Mealand

1894 R&G Mrs J. Mealand

1896 R&G Mrs J. Mealand
1898 LJ P3 Jane Mealand

1903 R&G G. Kaye

1905 R&G G. Kaye

1909 R&G G. Kaye

1910 LVOA G. Kaye

1911/12 Spennell George Kaye

1912/13 Spennell George Kaye

1919 Spennell George Kaye

1921/22 Spennell W. W. Sheffield

1924 Spennell W. W. Sheffield

1926/27 Spennell W. W. Sheffield

1929 Spennell W. W. Sheffield

1931/32 Spennell { W. W. Sheffield

{ F. J. Murphy

1933/34 Spennell F. J. Murphy

1935/36 Spennell F. J. Murphy

1937/38 Spennell Licensee not given

1939/40 Spennell H. Cox

OWNERS

28.8.1878 LJ P3 James Marriott, Coventry
later J. Dekin ? Belgrave Hotel, Moseley Road, Birmingham

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