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The Greyfriars Inn

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NAME GREYFRIARS INN
ADDRESS 65 GREYFRIARS LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 64 GREYFRIARS LANE
This pub was named after the nearby monastery. Until 1920 it is known to have been a home-brew pub. It closed on 10.4.1940. Must have been war damage. It became part of the Queens Hotel after the war.
Known Licensees are;
1850 James Richard
1868 J. Thorpe
1868 - 1871 Job Snape
1874 - 1881 William Walker
1886 - 1891 Mrs Smith
1893 Thomas Price
1894 - 1896 William J. Walker
1903 - 1913 Mrs Mary Clara Brown
1919 Alfred Brown
1922 J. Cross
1924 B. Brookes
1926 - 1929 F. Biddle
1931 - 1932 T. S. Herbert
1933 - 1936 George Ansell
1937 - 1940 S. Richardson
Brewers
to 1898 William J. Walker
1898 - 1902 Alfred Brown
1902 - 1920 Mrs Mary Clara Brown

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Name From the nearby monastery

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P48 GREY FRIAR, Grey Friars Lane Alehouse
Owner : Mrs Walker, executrix of Richard James Walker deceased
Licensee : William Walker
6.7.1882 TOL to John Dunnicliff
2.8.1888 TOL to Caroline Smith
4.12.1890 TOL to Susannah Burdett
28.7.1892 TOL to Thomas Price
12.4.1894 TOL to William James Walker
5.1.1899 TOL to Alfred Brown

1887 COC P52 Cov Times Inn signs

1898 - 1920 Friedrich Home Brewery

10.4.1941 Closed

JA Became part of the Queens Hotel after the war

LICENSEES

1850 CS James Richard

1868 Buchanan J. Thorpe

23.11.1868 Lantern Job Snape

1871 Census Job Snape innkeeper b Stretton - on - Dunsmore m Mary Ann, 48

1874 C&B W. Walker [ & 3s, 1 lodger
1878 LJ Vol 1 P48 William Walker
1879 Stevens William Walker

1881 C&B W. Walker
1882 LJ Vol 1 P48 William Walker
1882 LJ Vol 1 P48 John Dunnicliff
1886 C&B Mrs Smith This appears to be a couple of years early
1888 LJ Vol 1 P48 John Dunnicliff
1888 LJ Vol 1 P48 Caroline Smith
1890/91 R&G Mrs Smith
1890 LJ Vol 1 P48 Caroline Smith
1890 LJ Vol 1 P48 Susannah Burdett
1892 LJ Vol 1 P48 Susannah Burdett
1892 LJ Vol 1 P48 Thomas Price
1893 Reporter Thomas Price
1894 LJ Vol 1 P48 Susannah Burdett
1894 LJ Vol 1 P48 William James Walker
1894 R&G William Walker

1896 R&G William Walker

1899 LJ Vol 1 P48 William James Walker
1899 LJ Vol 1 P48 Alfred Brown
1903 R&G Mary C. Brown

1905 R&G Mary C. Brown

1909 R&G Mary C. Brown

1911/12 Spennell Mrs Brown

1912/13 Spennell Mrs Brown

1919 Spennell Alfred Brown

1921/22 Spennell J. Cross

1924 P.James B. Brookes

1926/27 P.James F. Biddle

1929 P.James F. Biddle

1931/32 P.James T. S. Herbert

1933/34 P.James George Ansell

1935/36 P.James George Ansell

1937/38 P.James S. Richardson

1939/40 P.James S. Richardson

BREWERS

1898 Friedrich William J. Walker

1898 Friedrich Alfred Brown

1902 Friedrich Alfred Brown

1902 Friedrich Mrs Mary Clara Brown

1914 WB P17 Mrs Mary Clara Brown at Blue Bell, Greyfriars Lane ( sic )

1920 WB P17 Mrs Mary Clara Brown at Blue Bell, Greyfriars Lane ( sic )

1920 Friedrich Mrs Mary Clara Brown

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P48 Mrs Walker, executrix of Richard James Walker deceased
1898 LJ Vol 1 P48 Mrs Walker, executrix of Richard James Walker deceased

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