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The Old Chase


Gosford Street 1924


A Chase was a piece of woodland or a racecourse.

In 1801 there is a record of the sale of a house opposite the pub.In 1823 and 1862 there are records that this pub was owned by the Free Grammar School along with a messuage, outbuildings, and a garden. In 1862 it was leased by Mrs. Tuckey for £25 per annum.

In 1882 it was sold to Phillips and Marriott for £650. In 1899 they valued it at £1500. Until 1913 this was a home-brew pub. It closed in 1927.

Known Licensees are;
1828 - 1829 Thomas Freeman
1841 - 1851 Giles Smith
1862 Mrs Tuckey
1868 - 1874 Benjamin Lissaman
1879 - 1881 Henry Watson
1882 - 1910 Mrs. Selina Jane Watson
1911 - 1927 Frederick Watson
to 1877 Henry Watson
1877 - 1910 Mrs. Selina Jane Watson
1910 - 1920 Frederick Watson
1823 - 1862 Free Grammar School
1882 - 1899 Phillips & Marriott

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Dict PN A piece of woodland, or a racecourse

1801 JA1 Sale of house opposite the pub.

1823 JA7 Rental of Estates belonging to Free Grammar School

Gosford Street - A messuage, outbuildings, garden and premises, occupied as a public house called the Chase.

renewal of license.

1834 JA32 PA56/108/38-39 The Red Horse Society ( Cook Street ) ( Friendly ) which now meets at the Chase, Gosford Street.

5.4.1837 JA34 Charities Enquiry

Expiration of 14 year lease to William Gilbert for the Chase pub.

( no address )

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1862 Poole P253 Rental of Estates belonging to the Free Grammar School. A messuage, outbuildings, garden, and premises, occupied as apublic house called the Chase - Mrs Tuckey. £ 25. 0s. 0d

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 CHASE, Gosford Street ( Old Chase ) Alehouse
Owner : Free School Trustees, Coventry
later Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee : Henry Watson
1.6.1882 TOL to Selina Jane Watson

6.6.1882 CR 64/3 ff1,2 Notice of sale, with particulars

25.19.1882 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott for £ 650

1895 JA48 PA56/7/15 Transferred from William Brain to Phillips & Marriott, with -

Crow in the Oak, Lockhurst Lane

O Rare Ben Johnson, 18 New Street

Tramway ( late Turks Head ), 29 Silver Street

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 1500

c1912 CWL P19 Photo

1.10.1913 P&M PR Ceased brewing from this date.

to 1920 Friedrich Home brewery

1920 Police Closed upon receipt of compensation money

1927 JA1 Closed


1828/29 Pigot Thos Freeman The Chase

1841 Census Giles Smith 20 yo b Wks & lots

1841 Pigot Giles Smith

1845 Kelly G. Smith

1850 CS Giles Smith

1851 Census Giles Smith 32 yo b Kenilworth m Jane, 34 & 1d, 2s

1862 Poole P253 Mrs Tuckey

1868 Buchanan B. Lissaman

23.11.1868 Lantern Benjamin Lissaman

1871 Census Benjamin Lissaman 46 yo b Stoke m Mary Ann, 47 & 2s

1874 C&B B. Lissaman
1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 Henry Watson
1879 Stevens Henry Watson

1881 C&B H. Watson
1882 LJ Vol 1 P50 Henry Watson
1882 LJ Vol 1 P50 Selina Jane Watson
29.9.1882 P&M PR Mrs Selina Jane Watson

1886 C&B S. J. Watson

1890/91 R&G S. J. Watson

1893 Reporter S. J. Watson

1894 R&G S. J. Watson

1896 R&G S. J. Watson

1898 LJ Vol 1 P50 Selina Jane Watson
1903 R&G S. J. Watson

1905 R&G S. J. Watson

1909 R&G Mrs S. J. Watson

1.6.1910 P&M PR Mrs Selina Jane Watson new agreement

2.10.1911 P&M PR Fred Watson

1911/12 Spennell F. Watson

1912/13 Spennell F. Watson

1.10.1913 P&M PR Fred Watson

1919 Spennell Fred Watson

1921/22 Spennell Fred Watson

1924 P. James Fred Watson

1926/27 P. James Fred Watson


1877 Friedrich Henry Watson

1877 Friedrich Mrs Selina Jane Watson

1910 Friedrich Mrs Selina Jane Watson

1910 Friedrich Frederick Watson

1914 WB P23 Fred Watson

1920 Friedrich Frederick Watson


1823 JA27 Free Grammar School

1862 Poole P253 Fee Grammar School.

1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 Free School Trustees, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P50 Francis Phillips & Walter Henry Marriott
later LJ Vol 1 P50 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
1882 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott
1898 LJ Vol 1 P50 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
30.9.1899 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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