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The Grapes

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NAME GRAPES
ADDRESS 27 WARWICK LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES GREYFRIARS LANE, HERTFORD STREET
I imagine this is a reference to the availability of wine.

This pub was thought to be a seventeenth century timbered building. It also said to have been rebuilt timber by timber in the Civil War after being removed from outside the City Walls.

In 1935 it was a Flowers house but was destroyed by bombing on 8th April 1941. A temporary wooden structure was used as the pub after the war and this closed on 19th October 1959. The license was transfered to the Styvechale Arms on Kenpas Highway
Known Licensees are:
1828 - 1829 Samuel Beauchamp
1835 - 1850 Richard Coates
1868 - 1871 Mrs. Elizabeth Butler
1874 - 1885 William Boulton ( nephew of Elizabeth Butler )
1885 Thomas Boulton & John Boulton
1885 - 1895 John Edward Keene
1895 - 1896 Sutcliffe ? Hadley ( 1896 R&G J. E. Keene )
1896 - 1936 George E. Green
1937 - 1938 Mrs. Annie Green
1957 Harold Powell (see also Brewer and Baker, South Street 1957 - 61)
Owners
1878 William Boulton
later John Edward Keene
later Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon

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Name Probably a reference to the availabiltiy of wine.

1600s JA121 Original pub thought to be a 17th century building. It was said to have been rebuilt timber by timber in the Civil War after being removed from outside the City Wall.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P4 Owner : William Boulton
later John Edward Keene
later Flowers & Sons, Stratfrod on Avon
Licensee : William Boulton
5.11.1885 TOL to Thomas Boulton & John Boulton
3.12.1885 TOL to John Edward Keene
5.12.1895 TOL to Sutcliffe ? Hadley
10.12.1896 TOL to George Green
31.10.1873 fined 20/- & costs refusing to admit the police
28.1.1878 fined 10/- & costs permitting gaming

1931 ACov P46 Photo

' The timbered Grapes Inn '

1935 GT Flowers Ales ISC P79 A Flowers House

11/1940 Cov at War P61 Grapes destroyed by bombing

DYKC P11 Q89 A temperory wooden structure until well after the war

1941 COC IP P144 Photo

This photograph taken on 9th April 1941 shows what was, until the night before, the 17th century Grapes Inn which stood in Warwick Lane. it is said the inn was rebuilt timber by timber in the Civil War after it was moved from outside the City Wall.

9.4.1941 Cov at War 2 P99 Photo of ruins of seventeenth century Grapes Inn in Hertford Street.

19.10.1959 Closed. License transferred to Styvechale Arms, Kenpas Highway.

LICENSEES

1828/29 Pigot Saml Beauchamp

1835 Pigot Richard Coates

1841 Pigot Richard Coates

1841 Census Richard Coates

1845 Kelly R. Coates

1850 CR 101/8/648 footnote Richard Coates

1850 CS Richard Coates

1868 Buchanan Mrs E. Butler

23.11.1868 Lantern Elizabeth Butler

1871 Census Elizabeth Butler widow, publican, 59 b Kings Newnham

with William Boulton, 32, nephew, brewer b Stoke & Harriet Spicer, 19, General Servant.

1874 C&B W. Boulton
1878 LJ Vol1 P4 William Boulton
1879 Stevens William Boulton

1881 C&B W. Boulton
1885 LJ Vol1 P4 William Boulton

1885 LJ Vol1 P4 Thomas Boulton & John Boulton
1885 LJ Vol1 P4 John Edward Keene

1886 C&B J. E. Keene

1890/91 R&G J. E. Keene

1893 Reporter J. E. Keene

1894 R&G J. E. Keene
1895 LJ Vol1 P4 John Edward Keene
1895 LJ Vol1 P4 Sutcliffe ? Hadley

1896 R&G J. E. Keene
1896 LJ Vol1 P4 Sutcliffe ? Hadley

1896 LJ Vol1 P4 George Green
1898 LJ Vol1 P4 George Green

1903 R&G G. Green

1905 R&G G. Green

1909 R&G G. Green

1911/12 Spennell G. Green

1919 Spennell George E. Green

1921/22 Spennell George E. Green

1924 P. James George E. Green

1926/27 P. James George E. Green

1933/34 P. James George E. Green

1935/36 P. James G. E. Green

1937/38 P. James Mrs Annie Green

1950's Source 56 Harold Edward Powell

1957 Citypubs 55 Harold Powell

OWNERS

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P4 William Boulton
later John Edward Keene
later Flowers & Sons, Stratfrod on Avon

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