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The Hillcross Tavern


Coventry Evening Telegraph newspaper article from 5th May 1961

NAME HILL CROSS TAVERN
ADDRESS 1 ABBOTS LANE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES HILL CROSS, NAULS MILL LANE
This name describes the pub's location, the cross road on the hill. An inquest was held at the pub in 1849. In 1896 it was leased by Phillips and Marriott from J. Matthews of 4 Byron Terrace, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry. In 1902 and 1910 they renewed their lease before purchasing the pub in 1911 for £ 450.

It closed in 1964.
Known Licensees are;
1850 - 1894 Edward Barton
1896 Elizabeth Prescott
1897 Walter Rice
1902 - 1913 George Prescott
1913 - 1929 Walter J. Chinn
1931 - 1940 F. Hewitt
1955 - 1956 Sarah B. Bailey
1958 - 1961 Jesse Webb (see above and see Gas Street Tavern, Gas Street and Brewer and Baker, East Street)
1961 - 1962 W. J. Jones
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Name Local topographical name - the cross roads on the hill

31.8.1849 JA16 CS Inquest held here

1851 Source 49 Board of Heaalth Map
Corner of Hill Cross Street and Abbotts Lane

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P4 Owner : John Malthouse, 38 Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry
Licensee : Edward Barton
14.5.1896 TOL to Elizabeth Prescott
4.3.1897 TOL to Walter Rice

23.4.1896 P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott from J.Matthews, 4 Byron Terrace, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry.

29.9.1902 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott renew lease.

24.7.1910 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott renew lease.

10.1.1911 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 540.

5.5.1961 Citypubs 41

12.10.1964 Closed

LICENSEES

1850 CS Edward Barton

1851 Census Edward Barton 37 yo b Corley m Betsy, 38 & 1d ( Nauls Mill Lane )

1861 Census Edward Barton 47 yo b Corley m Betsy, 48 & 4d, 1 servant

1868 Buchanan Edward Barton

1871 Census Edward Barton 57 yo b Corley m Betsy, 58 & 2d

1874 C&B E. Barton
1878 LJ Vol1 P4 Edward Barton
1879 Stevens Edward Barton

1881 C&B E. Barton

1886 C&B E. Barton

1890/91 R&B E. Barton

1893 Reporter E. Barton

1894 R&G Edward Barton
1896 LJ Vol1 P4 Edward Barton
1896 LJ Vol1 P4 Elizabeth Prescott
1896 R&G Elizabeth Prescott
1897 LJ Vol1 P4 Elizabeth Prescott
1897 LJ Vol1 P4 Walter Rice

20.1.1897 P&M PR Walter Rice

1898 LJ Vol1 P4 Walter Rice

16.1.1902 P&M PR George Prescott

1903 R&G George Prescott

1905 R&G George Prescott

1909 R&G George Prescott

1.7.1910 P&M PR George Prescott new agreement

1911/12 Spennell George Prescott

1912/13 Spennell George Prescott

19.2.1913 P&M PR Walter J. Chinn

1919 Spennell W. J. Chinn

1921/22 Spennell W. J. Chinn

1924 Spennell W. J. Chinn

1926/27 P, James W. J. Chinn

1929 P, James W. J. Chinn

1931/32 P, James F. Hewitt

1933/34 P, James F. Hewitt

1935/36 P, James F. Hewitt

1937/38 P, James F. Hewitt

1939/40 P, James F. Hewitt

1955/56 Barrett Sarah B. Bailey

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1958 Citypubs 41 Jesse Webb

1960 Barrett W. J. Jones

1961 Citypubs 41 Jesse Webb

1961 Barrett W. J. Jones

1962 Barrett W. J. Jones

1966 Barrett

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P4 Owner : John Malthouse, 38 Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry
1896 P&M PR J.Matthews, 4 Byron Terrace, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry.

1911 P&M PR J.Matthews, 4 Byron Terrace, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry.

1911 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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