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
|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
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
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
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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