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The Green Man

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NAME GREEN MAN
ADDRESS 145 MUCH PARK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES MUCHFORD STREET

In modern times the green man is associated with Robin Hood and his men who were supposedly dressed in Lincoln Green Cloth. A cloth called Kendal Green, from its manufacture there, or the lighter Lincoln Green, was used for the clothes of foresters, woodmen and the like from the sixteenth century. A more popular interpretation appears to be a symbol showing the renewal of plant growth each spring. The most common form is a face exuding greenery from its nose, mouth, nostrils and ears. Although it is of heathen origins the figure is commonly found in churches, and the rear door of St John's ( Bablake church ) in Coventry contains several carved green men. There are others about the city.

In 1756 eight soldiers were billeted here.

From 1900 Phillips and Marriotts leased this pub for £85 per annum from Mr. H. Colley of Lismore House, 13 North Road, Bristol. He died in 1902 when Miss A. Collet became the owner and rents were paid to Walter Colley at 153 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, for her. In 1907 the lease was renewed for a further 14 years for £100 per annum but in 1920 the pub was sold to Atkinsons brewery for £6,100.

In 1926 the license was surrendered on the payment of compensation.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 T. Kiss
1828 - 1829 Thomas Parson
1835 Thomas Morton
1845 C. Bright
1850 Elizabeth Pearson
1861 - 1866 Richard Jones ( Johns )
1866 Thomas Golby
1868 - 1879 Joseph Houghton (or Orton)
1881 J. Phillips
1886 - 1891 J. A. Cattell (or Cattle)
1893 - 1894 T. H. Smith
1896 Mrs I. F. Young
1898 Thomas Hawthorne
1901 Joseph Thomas Masters
1903 Alfred Smart
1904 - 1905 Harriet Harrison
1905 James Squires
1907 - 1913 Charles Henry Jones
1913 Alfred Wanklin
1914 - 1922 Walter Collidge ( Colledge )
1924 D. W. N. Mosley
1926 - 1927 F. J. Murphy


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Dict PN In modern times associated with Robin Hood and his men, who were supposedly dressed in Lincoln green cloth. A cloth called Kendal green from its manufacture in that place, or the lighter coloured cloth made in Lincoln was used for the clothes of foresters, woodmen and the like from the sixteenth century onwards. The Green Man was also seen in the May Day celebrations of former times.

JA5 Although there are references to the sign being associalted with Robin Hood, a more popular national interpretation appears to be a symbol showing the renewal of plant growth each spring. The most common form is a face exuding greenery from its nose, mouth, nostrils and ears. Although it is of heathen origins the figure is commonly found in churches, and the rear door of St john's

( Bablake church ) in Coventry contains several carved green men. There are others about the city.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 8 soldiers billeted Muchford Street

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

20.2.1852 JA141 CS Transfer of license from George Wheeler to Thomas Eaves

28.9.1866 JA125 CS Transfer of license from Richard Johns to Thomas Golby

10.11.1866 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Golby to Joseph Haughton

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P20 GREEN MAN, Much Park Street Alehouse
Owner : James Colley, Smithford Street, Coventry
later Francis Phillips, Coventry
Licensee : Joseph Haughton
6.11.1879 TOL to James Phillips
3.11.1888 TOL to Arthur John Cattell
9.1.1890 TOL to Henry Smith
4.12.1890 TOL to Thomas Harry Smith
11.4.1895 TOL to Isobel Florence Young
5.12.1898 TOL to Thomas Hawthorne

1886 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

29.9.1900 P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott for 7 years for £ 85 p.a. Owner Mr M. Colley, Lismore House, 13 North Road, Bristol, deceased 28.2.1902. From 12.3.1902 rents to Miss A. Colley, 153 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, for Miss Colley.

29.9.1907 P&M PR Lease renewed for 14 years for £ 100 p.a.

29.9.1920 P&M PR Sold to Atkinsons for £ 6100

29.9.1921 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott's last rent payment.

1926 Police License surrendered on payment of compensation

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot T. Kiss

1828/29 Pigot Thomas Parson

1835 Pigot Thomas Morton

1845 Kelly C. Bright

1850 CS Elizabeth Pearson
1852 JA141 CS George Wheeler

1852 JA141 CS Thomas Eaves

1861 Census Richard Jones 58 yo b Coventry m Elizabeth, 54 & 1 neice, 1 lodger

28.9.1866 JA125 CS Richard Johns

28.9.1866 JA125 CS Thomas Golby
1866 JA141 CS Thomas Golby

1866 JA141 CS Joseph Haughton

1868 Buchanan Joseph Houghton

1871 Census Joseph Haughton 62 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 62 & 1 s-i-l, 6 lodgers

1874 C&B J. Houghton
1878 LJ Vol1 P20 Joseph Haughton
1879 Stevens Joseph Orton
1879 LJ Vol1 P20 Joseph Haughton
1879 LJ Vol1 P20 James Phillips
1881 C&B J. Phillips

1886 C&B J. A. Cattle
1888 LJ Vol1 P20 James Phillips
1888 LJ Vol1 P20 Arthur John Cattell
1890/91 R&G J. A. Cattell
1890 LJ Vol1 P20 Arthur John Cattell
1890 LJ Vol1 P20 Henry Smith
1890 LJ Vol1 P20 Thomas Harry Smith
1893 Reporter T. H. Smith

1894 R&G T. H. Smith
1895 LJ Vol1 P20 Thomas Harry Smith
1895 LJ Vol1 P20 Isobel Florence Young
1896 R&G Mrs I. F. Young
1898 LJ Vol1 P20 Isobel Florence Young
1898 LJ Vol1 P20 Thomas Hawthorne
8.11.1898 P&M PR Thomas Hawthorne

16.12.1901 P&M PR Joseph Thomas Masters

3.7.1903 P&M PR Alfred Smart

1903 R&G A. Smart

22.3.1904 P&M PR Harriett Harrison

1905 R&G H. Harrison

22.8.1905 P&M PR James Squires

21.10.1907 P&M PR Charles Henry Jones

1909 R&G C. H. Jones

1.6.1910 P&M PR Charles Henry Jones new agreement

1911/12 Spennell Charles Henry Jones

1912/13 Spennell Charles Henry Jones

27.1.1913 P&M PR Alfred Wanklin

17.1.1914 P&M PR Walter Colledge

1919 Spennell W. Collidge

1921/22 Spennell W. Collidge

1924 P. James D. W. N. Mosley

1926/27 P. James F. J. Murphy

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P20 James Colley, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P20 Francis Phillips, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol1 P20 Francis Phillips, Coventry

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