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The Hare and Squirrel

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NAME HARE AND SQUIRREL
ADDRESS 1 COW LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES GREYFRIARS LANE, UNION STREET
THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1765 1994 HARE AND SQUIRREL
1994 c2013 FLANKER AND FIRKIN
c2013 present SQUIRREL
This name is a rather odd combination of symbols. Perhaps it is just meant to convey a pastoral impression.

In early 1765 Thomas Edawrd and John Green, both of Stoneleigh, were in the pub after attending market day in Coventry. They entered at 10 o'clock and they spent about two hours in the company of two dragoons, John Floor of Stoneleigh and the innkeeper's servants, Richard and John Spencer. When they left they walked back towards Stoneleigh, but having reached Canley were set upon and robbed. Edwards was killed. The two dragoons, along with a wever, Thomas Moses, were found guilty of the murder and later hanged on Gibbett Hill.

The original Hare and Squirrel stood in the midst of what was medaeval Coventry, an ancient timbered building surrounded by orchards and with plenty of stabling to the rear.In 1853 it was for sale, with the brewing plant and utensils, being on the corner of Cow Lane and Union Street. In the late 1920's the original pub was demolished and on doing so sandstone walls were found. These were interpreted as a part of a chapel belonging to Greyfriars Monastery. The new pub opened in 1931.

From 1955 to 1957 the Hare and Squirrel was advertised as a public house, restaurant and hotel.

The most notable feature of the new pub was when, after 1979, the ceiling had a huge classical scene place on it. The bar was compared to the Cistine Chapel.

Note how the earlier licensees were all maltsters as well and how many women kept the pub. There were four of them; Anna Maria Campion, Caroline Claridge, Lucy E. Stafford and Mrs M. Llewellyn between 1850 and 1905.

In 1994 it became the FLANKER AND FIRKIN and in 2010 the SQUIRREL
Licensees
1822 - 1829 J. Graham
1841 - 1853 Robert Campion & maltster
1850 - 1851 Anna Maria Campion & maltster
1861 Caroline Claridge & maltster
1868 - 1886 Edwin Broom & maltster
1890 - 1891 William Arnett
1893 - 1894 A. W. Hitchin(s)
1896 Lucy E. Stafford
1903 - 1905 Mrs M. Llewellyn
1909 W. H. Timms
1911 - 1924 Alfred Elton
1926 - 1929 A. Petty
New Building
1931 - 1938 C. S. Melbourne
1939 - 1940 Ind, Coope and Alsopp Ltd, Proprietors
1960 Wallace Bennett (see above)
1960 - 1966 D. Maughan
1970 - 1971 Peter Gilbert
Owners
1939/40 Ind, Coope and Alsopp
1962 Ansells
The Hare and Squirrel, Cow Lane

The Hare and Squirrel, Cow Lane

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Name An odd combination of rural symbols

16.2.1765 CSubs P38 Thomas Edwards, John Green and John Spencer meet at the pub, before being robbed and Edwards murdered in Canley.

15.3.1765 SEF P19 Market day in Coventry.

Thomas Edwards and Thomas Green visited the pub at 10 o'clock and drank till 11 or 12 later attacked and robbed on the way home to Stoneleigh. Edwards was killed.

1765 FDSDC P52 Murder of Thomas Edwards

John Green said that on the night in question he and Thomas Edwards had gone to the Hare and Squirrel where they sat in the company of two dragoons, John Floor of Stoneleigh, and the innkeeper's servants Richard and John Spencer.......Afterwards servants from the Hare and Squirrel were brought in and questiones about the evening.

P53 Photo.

P55 They returned via the Hare and Squirrel and there heard a group of noisy drinkers who would later reappear as they were ahead on the road.

1765 JA34 Ref6 Murder of Thomas Edwards.....went to the Hare and Squirrel public house.

c1800 COC P42 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

30.9.1853 JA56 CH&O Sale by auction.

On corner of Cow Lane and Union Street.

Now in the occupation of Mr Campion.

Brewing plant and utensils

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 Owner : Edwin Broom, Coventry
later Ind Coope & Co Ltd, Burton upon Trent
Licensee : Edwin Broom
17.4.1890 TOL to Arthur Randle
7.1.1892 TOL to Joseph Collins
19.5.1892 TOL to Alfred William Hitchins
24.10.1893 TOL to Alexander Thomas
28.2.1895 TOL to Edward Thomson
18.6.1896 TOL to Lucy Emma Stafford
21.5.1897 TOL to Frederick William Allard
22.6.1899 TOL to Isaac Greaves
2.2.1891 fined £ 5 & costs for selling at prohibited hours

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

1927 HOH P23 Messrs Harris and Sons were excavating on the site of the Hare and Squirrel in Cheylesmore and found sandstone walls which Shelton interpreted as part of a chapel belonging to Greyfriars.

1929 ACov P149B Photo

The timbered building above it is the Hare and Squirrel, run by Arthur Petty.

1931 Citypubs 70 New pub opened

1955/56 } Barrett Public house and restaurant ( and hotel )

1957 }

1962 Citypubs 70 The Hare and Squirrel in Cow Lane, Coventry, owned by Ansells, the Birmingham brewers, is set in the midst of what was medaeval Coventry.

It is not genrally known that there was an earlier ' Hare and Squirrel ' public house which stood practically on the site of the present hostelry. It was opened in 1931.....he well remembers the old Hare and Squirrel. Orchards surrounded the place and there was plenty of stabling behind the old hostelry.

1977 WRAG1

1979 WRAG2 Newly decorated, tasteful. Look at the ceiling

1982 WRAG3 A modernised old pub the ceilings are particularly notworthy, reminiscent of the Cisitne Chapel.

1985 CCRAG Modernised pub with a fiendly single bar. the decorated ceiling is reminiscent of that in the Sistine Chapel. Live music at least two nights a week.

1994 Became FLANKER AND FIRKIN

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot J. Graham

1828/29 Pigot John Graham

1841 Pigot Robert Campion

1841 Census Robert Campion 25 yo publican/maltster b Wks m Maria, 23 1845 Kelly R. Campion [ & 1 child

1850 CS Anna Maria Campion

1851 Census Anna Maria Campion 38 yo maltster & publican b Coventry alone

1853 JA56 CH&O Mr Campion

1861 Census Caroline Claridge 23 yo innkeeper b Coventry

head of household Dan Claridge, horse dealer, wife Anne, maltster & 2d, 1s, 4 servants

1868 Buchanan Edwin Broom

1871 Census Edwin Broom 45 yo maltster & publican b Charlton, Wark

m Deborah, 41 & 1 s-i-l, 1 m-i-l, 1 servant, 1 lodger, 1 neice

1874 C&B E. Broom
1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 Edwin Broom
1879 Stevens Edwin Broom

1881 C&B E. Broom

1886 C&B E. Broom
1890 LJ Vol 1 P4 Edwin Broom
1890 LJ Vol 1 P4 Arthur Randle

1890/91 R&G William Arnett
1892 LJ Vol 1 P4 Arthur Randle

1892 LJ Vol 1 P4 Joseph Collins
1892 LJ Vol 1 P4 Alfred William Hitchins

1893 Reporter A. Hitchin
1893 LJ Vol 1 P4 Alfred William Hitchins
1893 LJ Vol 1 P4 Alexander Thomas

1894 R&G A. W. Hitchins
1895 LJ Vol 1 P4 Alexander Thomas
1895 LJ Vol 1 P4 Edward Thomson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P4 Edward Thomson
1896 LJ Vol 1 P4 Lucy Emma Stafford

1896 R&G Lucy E. Stafford
1897 LJ Vol 1 P4 Lucy Emma Stafford
1897 LJ Vol 1 P4 Frederick William Allard
1899 LJ Vol 1 P4 Frederick William Allard
1899 LJ Vol 1 P4 Isaac Greaves

1903 R&G Mrs M. Llewellyn

1905 R&G Mrs M. Llewellyn

1909 R&G W. H. Timms

1911/12 Spennell Alfred Elton

1912/13 Spennell A. Elton

1919 Spennell Alfred Elton

1921/22 Spennell Alfred Elton

1924 P. James Alfred Elton

1926/27 P. James A. Petty

1929 P. James A. Petty

1929 ACov P149B Alfred Petty

1931/32 P. James C. S. Melbourne

1933/34 P. James C. S. Melbourne

1935/36 P. James C. S. Melbourne

1937/38 P. James C. S. Melbourne

1939/40 P. James Ind, Coope and Alsopp Ltd, proprietors

1955/56 Barrett Licensee not named

1957 Barrett Licensee not named

1960 Citypubs 70 Wallace Bennett

1960 Barrett D. Maughan

1961 Barrett D. Maughan

1962 Citypubs 70 Wallace Bennett

1966 Barrett D. Maughan

1970 Source 45 Peter Gilbert

1971 Source 45 Peter Gilbert

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 Edwin Broom, Coventry
later Ind Coope & Co Ltd, Burton upon Trent
1939/40 P. James Ind, Coope and Alsopp Ltd

1962 Citypubs 70 Ansells

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