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The Pitt's Head

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NAME PITT'S HEAD
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Later GOSFORD ARMS
ADDRESS 65 & 66 FAR GOSFORD STREET
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William Pitt (1759 - 1806) was known as William Pitt the Younger. His father had been a popular statesman and Pitt followed him into parliament at the age of twenty two. He was prime ministaer at the remarkably young age of twenty four. he was renown for his debating skills but it was said that those who listened to him were always more aware of the speaker than the message.

This pub appears to date from before 1800. the present building is two storey, in brick, with a parapet and of six bays. The door and carriageway are either side of four ground storey windows. Between 1874 and 1909 No 65 was seperated from the pub and was a chemists shop.

the licensee from 1845 to 1850 was John 'Fatty' Adrian, a local prizefighter. The pub closed in 1990 only to reopen in 1993 as the GOSFORD ARMS see below

Licensees
1822 - 1823 T. Bottom
1835 - 1841 John Smith
1845 - 1850 John 'Fatty' Adrian
1863 John Smith
1866 Joseph Radburn & watch escapement maker
1868 W. Kirkpatrick
1874 D. Claridge
1879 - 1893 Amos Statham
1894 Mrs E. A. Hyde
1896 Mrs Eliza Phillips
1898 Daniel Fisher
1903 Clara Moorfield
1905 Frank Farnell
1907 Thomas Groves & watch & clock repairer
1909 - 1913 Mrs Sarah A. Groves
1919 Thomas Holberry
1921 - 1935 C. Newey
1936 - 1938 F. E. Oxborrow
1939 - 1940 L. Taylor
65 & 66 Far Gosford Street - The Gosford Arms (formally The Pitt's Head)
 
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Dict PN William Pitt ( 1759 - 1806 ) known as Pitt the younger. His father had been the most popular statesman in England. Pitt followed hiom into parliament at the age of twenty-two and was prime minister at the extraordinary age of twenty-four. He was renown for his debating, and was amaster of sarcasm, but it is said that those who listened to him were always more aware of the speaker than the message.

c1808 COC P41 Mentioned in Napoleonic poem

1820 SOC P181 Several pubs also servedas fighting saloons, each with their own stable of pubilists. The most prominent of them all was Paddy Gill's headquarters, the Pitts Head in Far Gosford Street, run by former prize-fighter John ' Fatty ' Adrian. The pub had another claim to sporting fame. From 1920 onwards its stables were used as temperory accommodation for horses running at the Stoke races, then held on open ground beyond Gosford Green.

c1845 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 )

c1845 Cov HG P87 Other city prize-fighters were John ' Fatty ' Adrian who kept the Windmill in Spon Street and later the Pitts Head in Gosford Street.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

6.5.1865 JA141 CS Transfer of license from John Smith to Joseph Radbourn

1874 - 1909 FGS P18 No 65 seperated from pub

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P43 PITTS HEAD, Far Gosford Street Alehouse
Owner : Amos Statham
later Mitchell & Co Ltd, Cape Hill, Birmingham
Licensee : Amos Statham
1.3.1894 TOL to Elizabeth Ann Statham
25.10.1894 TOL to Elizabeth Ann Hyde
25.7.1895 TOL to Eliza Phillips
29.7.1897 TOL to Daniel Fisher
27.10.1898 TOL to Alfred NIcholls
27.7.1899 TOL to Clara Moorfield
29.1.1895 fined 20/- & costs 12/6 selling during prohibited hours

1906 OS MAP

c1920 Cov Cameos P9 Photo ( M&B )

1979 WRAG2 Basic pub, pleasant lounge. A loght possibility that the pub could be demolished for a new road. The pub also has old Mitchells & Butlers windows, probably unique in Coventry

4.11.1982 Pubscrawl 32 Smoke room was once a chemists shop. At one time it was a coach house. You can still see the stables at the back. The terazzo floor was cracked by a wartime bomb.

1985 CCRAG Large basic bar and pleasant well-decorated lounge in an old fashioned pub. Beer usually excellent. M&B etched windows, probably the only ones in Coventry

1990 Closed

FGS P18 65 & 66

Former public house ( Pitts Head ). Two storey, brick, with parapet. Six bays. Ground floor: door and carriageway flank four ground- storey windows, now boarded over. Door set within round arch, rusticated. In spandrels, wreath with ' M&B ' ( Mitchells and

Butlers ) emblem. Six sash windows to first floor, 16 light. Central downpipe with hopper, with cut out ' playing card ' spades decoration. central chimney. No 66 has two blocked basement windows.

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot T. Bottom

1828/29 Pigot Wm Grove

1835 Pigot John Smith

1841 Pigot John Smith

1841 Census John Smith 32 yo innkeeper b Wks & 17 others

1845 Kelly J. Adrian

1845 FGS John Adrian

1850 COS John Adrian

1851 Census John Adrian 45 yo b Coventry m Ann, 36 & 2d, 3s

1863 FGS John Smith
1865 JA141 CS John Smith

1865 JA141 CS Joseph Radbourn

1866 FGS Joseph Radburn & watch escapement maker

1868 Buchanan W. Kirkpatrick

1871 Census Daniel Claridge 64 yo b Banbury m Mary, 61

1874 C&B D. Claridge
1878 LJ Vol 1 P43 Amos Statham
1879 Stevens Amos Statham

1881 FGS Amos Statham

1881 C&B A. Statham

1886 C&B A. Statham

1890/91 R&G A. Statham

1893 Reporter Amos Statham
1894 LJ Vol 1 P43 Amos Statham
1894 LJ Vol 1 P43 Elizabeth Ann Statham
1894 FGS Elizabeth A. Statham
1894 LJ Vol 1 P43 Elizabeth Ann Hyde ( must be a remarriage )
1894 R&G Mrs E. A. Hyde
1895 LJ Vol 1 P43 Elizabeth Ann Hyde
1895 LJ Vol 1 P43 Eliza Phillips
1896 FGS Mrs Eliza Phillips

1896 R&G Mrs E. Phillips
1897 LJ Vol 1 P43 Eliza Phillips
1897 LJ Vol 1 P43 Daniel Fisher
1898 FGS Daniel Fisher
1897 LJ Vol 1 P43 Daniel Fisher
1898 LJ Vol 1 P43 Alfred NIcholls
1899 LJ Vol 1 P43 Alfred NIcholls
1899 LJ Vol 1 P43 Clara Moorfield
1903 R&G Clara Moorfield

1953 R&G Frank Farnell

1907 FGS Thomas Groves & watch & clock repairer

1909 R&G Mrs S. A. Groves

1911/12 Spennell S. A. Groves

1912/13 Spennell S. A. Groves

1919 Spennell Thomas Holberry

1921/22 Spennell C. Newey

1924 P. James C. Newey

1926/27 P. James C. Newey

1929 P. James C. Newey

1931/32 P. James C. Newey

1933/34 P. James C. Newey

1935/36 P. James C. Newey

1935/36 FGS F. E. Oxborrow

1937/38 P. James F. E. Oxborrow

1939/40 P. James L. Taylor

1953 LTSD Hotel

1991 FGS Vacant

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P43 Amos Statham
later LJ Vol 1 P43 Mitchell & Co Ltd, Cape Hill, Birmingham
1898 LJ Vol 1 P43 Mitchell & Co Ltd, Cape Hill, Birmingham

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