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The Leopard

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Smithford Street 1900. Classic old turn-of-the-century view of Smithford Street looking westwards from the junction with High Street, Hertford Street and Broadgate. The Kings Head Inn is on the left. Photo courtesy of Rob Orland

NAME LEOPARD
ADDRESS 64 SMITHFORD STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES HIGH STREET
This name is probably a heraldic reference to the Weaver's Company, whose arms show three leopards' heads.

In 1756 four soldiers were billeted here. An army recruiting office was set up at the pub in 1761 and in the following year a woman was whipped from the gaol to the Cross for stealing from the Leopard.

At times John 'Fatty' Adrian was a licensed victualler at the Leopard in Smithford Street, the Pitts Head in Gosford Street and the Windmill in Spon Street.

The pub closed c1942.
Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 T. Grimes
1841 John 'Fatty' Adrian
1868 Thomas Davis
1871 Mary Clarke
1874 W. Holt
1879 Henry French
1881 - 1905 H. Yardley
1909 - 1913 William H. Smith
1919 - 1922 Ernest John Sanders
1924 - 1934 E. Baron
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Dict PN Probably a heraldic reference to the Weavers Company, whose arms show three leopard's heads.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 4 soldiers billetted High Street

23.6.1761 JA10 Wilson An army recruiting office set up at the Leopard, Smithford Street
& JA34 JCM

18.1.1762 JA10 Wilson A woman ws whipped from the gaol to the Cross for stealing from
& JA 34 JCM the Leopard public house in Smithford Street.

30.3.1767 JA10 Wilson Sale at the Leopard, Smithford Street
& JA34 JCM

c1800 COC P41 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

1840's Spon P74 At various times John ' Fatty ' Adrian was a licensed victualler at the Leopard Inn in Smithford Street, the Pitts Head in Gosford Street and of course the Windmill, Spon Street..

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P16 LEOPARD, Smithford Street Alehouse
Owner : Robert Choules, Coventry
later Northampton Brewery Co Ltd
Licensee : Henry French
14.8.1880 TOL to Henry Yardley

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

c1930 CWL P11 Photo

c1942 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot T. Grimes

1828/29 Pigot John Aston

1841 Census John Adrian 34yo B Wks m Ann, 25

1841 Pigot John Adrian

1845 Pigot J. Tayton

1868 Buchanan Thomas Davis

WTC Johnson & Davis, Wines & Spirits ( 3d ) F2881, N27322. Leopard depicted

1871 Census Mary Clarke 30yo innkeeper b Whitby Unmarried

1874 C&B W. Holt
1878 LJ Vol 1 P16 Henry French
1879 Stevens Henry French
1880 LJ Vol 1 P16 Henry French
1880 LJ Vol 1 P16 Henry Yardley
1881 C&B H. Yardley

1886 C&B H. Yardley

1890/91 R&G H. Yardley

1893 Reporter H. Yardley

1894 R&G H. Yardley

1896 R&G H. Yardley
1898 LJ Vol 1 P16 Henry Yardley
1903 R&G H. Yardley

1905 R&G H. Yardley

1909 R&G W. H. Smith

1911/12 Spennell W. H. Smith

1912/13 Spennell William H. Smith

1919 Spennell Ernest John Sanders

1921/22 Spennell Ernest John Sanders

1924 P. James E. Baron

1926/27 P. James E. Baron

1929 P. James E. Baron

1931/32 P. James E. Baron

1933/34 P. James E. Baron

1937/38 P. James Not listed in street section

1939/40 P. James Not listed in street section

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P16 Robert Choules, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P16 Northampton Brewery Co Ltd
1898 LJ Vol 1 P16 Northampton Brewery Co Ltd

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