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The Nursery Tavern

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NAME NURSERY TAVERN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES NURSERY GARDENS
ADDRESS 38 LORD STREET

The first real building on the land around the Chapelfields area was Chapelfields House with a nursery garden at the beginning of the 19th century. The nursery garden was called Weare's Nursery and lay on Thomas White's Charity Land. Thomas Weare, a nurseryman and seedsman, had a shop in Broadgate and it is because of him that the Nursery Tavern got its name. In 1845 an Act of parliament empowered the trustees of the charity to lay out roads and sell plots by public auction for development. The license for the ' Nursery Gardens ' was granted to George Hands on 27th August 1852. The name soon became the Nursery Tavern.

In the 1970's the Nursery was known as 'Kelly's' after the family that had run it for many years. When Tony Kelly retired, Manns took the opportunity to double the size of the pub by extending into the next door house.

Licensees
1852 George Hands
1861 James Palmer
1863 Benjamin Archer
1868 Alfred Sutherland
1871 - 1874 Thomas J. Oates watchmaker finisher
1881 - 1886 J. Miles
1890 - 1893 Hannah Trueman
1894 - 1896 H. Shufflebotham
1903 - 1922 John Shufflebotham
1924 - 1929 W. A. Clews
1931 - 1940 T. J. Kelly
c1979 Tony Kelly
1983 T. O'Loughlin

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Name From the fact that Chapelfields, before it was developed, was occupied by a nursery garden.

CSubs P40 The first real buinding on the land around the Chapelfields area, then part of Spon End, was Chapelfields House and a nursery garden at the beginning of the 19th century. The site was called Weare's Nursery and lay on Thomas White charity land. Thomas Weare, a nurseryman and seedsman, had a shop in Boadgate and it is because of him that the Nursery Tavern got its name. In 1845 an Act of Parliament empowered the trustees of the charity to ' lay out roads and sell plots by public auction for development.'

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map
Nursery Gardens ( with skittle ground )

27.8.1852 CS License granted for NURSERY GARDENS, Chapelfields, George Hands.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P33 NURSERY TAVERN, Lord Street Alehouse
Owner : Mary Ann Beasley, Stoney Stanton Road
later Johnson & Mason, Coventry
Licensee : Thomas John Oates
5.6.1880 TOL to Samuel Alexander
17.3.1881 TOL to John Miles
3.11.1887 TOL to Hannah Trueman
7.1.1892 TOL to Joseph Chetwynd
3.3.1892 TOL to Henry Shufflebotham
3.1.1876 fined 10/- & costs keeping open

c1908 E&CE P82 Photo

Original name ' Nursery Gardens ' which opened in 1852

1979 WRAG1 Tiny back street local soon to be extended

1982 WRAG3 Pleasant pub in old watchmaking district. Used to sell real mild and bitter but sadly no more.

1983 Pubscrawl 65 It was known as ' Kelly's ' after the family who ran it for all those years. There was a snug and a gents only until the Sex Discrimination Act. The family's reign came to an end a few years ago when Mr Tony Kelly retired and moved a few doors up the street. At the end of the Kelly dynasty Manns brewery took the opportunity to nudge the Nursery into the 20th century and extended the premises.

It's friendly and pleasantly furnished, with two rooms, an extension with a dartboard, and a small garden.

LICENSEES

1852 CS George Hands

1861 Census James Palmer 65 yo b Cambridge m Cicillya, 69 & 1gd, 1 servant

1863 Kelly Benjamin Archer

1868 Buchanan A. Sutherland

23.11.1868 Lantern Alfred Sutherland

1871 Census Thomas J. Oates 40 yo watchmaker finisher b Liverpool

1874 C&B T.Oates [ m Mary, 37 & 1s, 1d, 1 boarder
1878 LJ Vol 1 P33 Thomas John Oates
1880 LJ Vol 1 P33 Thomas John Oates
1880 LJ Vol 1 P33 Samuel Alexander
1881 LJ Vol 1 P33 Samuel Alexander
1881 LJ Vol 1 P33 John Miles
1881 C&B J. Miles

1886 C&B J. Miles
1887 LJ Vol 1 P33 John Miles
1887 LJ Vol 1 P33 Hannah Trueman
1890/91 R&G Hannah Trueman
1892 LJ Vol 1 P33 Hannah Trueman
1892 LJ Vol 1 P33 Joseph Chetwynd
1892 LJ Vol 1 P33 Henry Shufflebotham
1893 Reporter H. Trueman } a year out ?
1894 R&G H. Shufflebotham

1896 R&G H. Shufflebotham

1903 R&G J. Shufflebotham

1905 R&G J. Shufflebotham

1909 R&G J. Shufflebotham

1911/12 Spennell J. Shufflebotham

1912/13 Spennell J. Shufflebotham

1919 Spennell John Shufflebotham

1921/22 Spennell John Shufflebotham

1924 P. James W. A. Clews

1926/27 P. James W. A. Clews

1929 P. James W. A. Clews

1931/32 P.James T. J. Kelly

1933/34 P.James T. J. Kelly

1935/36 P.James T. J. Kelly

1937/38 P.James T. J. Kelly

1939/40 P.James T. J. Kelly
c1979 Tony Kelly

1983 Pubscrawl 65 T. O'Loughlin

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P33 Mary Ann Beasley, Stoney Stanton Road
later LJ Vol 1 P33 Johnson & Mason, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P33 Johnson & Mason, Coventry

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