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The Punch Bowl

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NAME PUNCH BOWL
ADDRESS 104 SPON STREET
The drink punch was established in England by the 1630's and seems originally to have been a sailor's drink. It is normally made in a large bowl, hence the pub name. Pubs with this name would once have sold punch and it is said it was particularly polpular with members of the Whig political party.

In 1774 this pun was advertised to letIn 1820 a robbery took place at the Punch Bowl. A group planned to rob the pub and having broken in helped themselves to a meal. The landlord was woken and apprehended a youth called 'Duckfat' Bradshaw with a piece of pie in one hand and a knife in the other. A neighbour, Mr Lines entered the pub and a scuffle ensued during which Lines was stabbed and killed. Unfortunately Duckfat was something of a simpleton and could not defend himself against a charge of murder, despite public sympathy that he was not one of the original robbers. He was executed on Whitley Common the following year.

The pub was left by Edward ( II ) Phillips to Thomas Rotherham Phillips in c1837. it closed in 1911 when it became Warner's the bootmakers.
Licensees
1771 Thomas Priestnal
1820 - 1823 Mr Babbitt
1850 - 1851 William Clarke
1868 - 1891 George Ingram
1893 T. Ingram
1894 - 1909 E. Lester
Owners
to c1837 Edward ( II ) Phillips
from c1837 Thomas Rotherham Phillips
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Dict PN Punch, as a drink, was established in England by the 1630's. It seems originally to have been a sailor's drink. The drink is normally made in a large bowl, hence the name of the pub. Such pubs at one time would have sold punch, especially to the Whig political party meetings, it is said

4.3.1771 JA34 Creditors of John Rotherham, late of the city, victualler, are desired to meet at the house of Thomas Priestnal, known by the sign of the Punch Bowl, Spon End.

1774 JA1 To let

1774 JA3 For sale

1774 JA10 Wilson The Punch Bowl at Spon End to let

1791 JA3 Used for auctions

c1800 COC P40 mentioned in Napoleonic poem

15.9.1820 SEF P57 Robbery of Punch Bowl by Edward ' Duckfat ' Bradshaw. SPON Places this in the Malt Shovel, which is wrong.

1821 COC P46 Break-in. A neighbour is killed. Babbitt apprehends ' Duckfat '

Bradshaw for the crime.

12.4.1821 Poole P410 Edward Bradshaw was executed on Whitley Common, for burglary at the Punch Bowl public house, Spon End, and cutting and wounding Mr Lines, who came to the assistance of the landlord, Mr Bobbitt

c1837 CR 101/3/731 Left by Edward ( II ) Phillips to Thomas Rotherham Phillips

15.12.1848 JA3 CS John Wilson fined £ 2 for keeping his pub open for the sale of beer before 12 noon on Sunday

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

11.3.1853 JA3 CS To let

1.12.1854 JA3 CS Furniture, utensils, fittings etc. to be auctioned

1858 JA3 CS Transfer of license from John Wilson to Charles Mann

24.7.1863 JA3 CS Transfer of license from Charles Mann to George Wright

1.1.1864 JA3 CS Transfer of license from George Wright to William Marshall

28.4.1865 JA3 CS Brewing equipment fittings etc to be auctioned

2.11.1866 JA3 CS Brewing equipment fittings etc including a bagatelle table for sale

29.5.1868 JA3 CS Inn for sale

9.12.1870 JA3 CS Inquest on Charles Wilson who was found outside the pub feeling unwell and was taken into pub where he collapsed and died.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 PUNCH BOWL, Spon Street Alehouse
Owner : A. N. Masser, Longford House, Foleshill
later Phipps & Co, Northampton
Licensee George Ingram
7.1.1891 TOL to Jack Ingram
12.4.1894 TOL to Edward Lester
6.6.1889 fined 40/- & costs 14/6 for opening on Sunday during prohibited hours.

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

1906 Spon P147 No 104 was the Punch Bowl until c1906 when it became Warner - bootmaker. The Punch Bowl was certainly an eighteenth century pub and like the Malt Shovel may have been much older. Some people may remember in later years the Casino Cafe being on the site of the Punch Bowl.

c1911 Closed

LICENSEES

1771 JA34 Thomas Priestnal

1820 SEF P57 Mr Bobbet

1821 Poole P41 Mr Bobbet

1822/23 Pigot J. Babbitt ( or Bobbit )

1828/29 Pigot John Rider

1845 Kelly J. Wilson

1845 JA3 White John Wilson

1848 JA3 CS John Wilson

1850 JA3 White John Wilson

1850 JA3 Lascelles William Clarke

1850 CS William Clarke

1851 Census William Clarke 49 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 53 & 2d, 2s

1858 JA3 CS John Wilson

1858 JA3 CS Charles Mann

1863 JA3 CS Charles Mann

1863 JA3 CS George Wright

1864 JA3 CS George Wright

1864 JA3 CS William Marshall

1866 JA3 George Ingram

23.11.1868 Lantern George Ingram

1871 Census George Ingram 51 yo b Coventry m Hannah, 60 & 1 visitor

1874 C&B G. Ingram
1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 George Ingram
1879 Stevens G. Ingram

1881 C&B G. Ingram

1886 C&B G. Ingram

1890/91 R&G G. Ingram
1891 LJ Vol 1 P24 George Ingram
1891 LJ Vol 1 P24 Jack Ingram
1893 JA3 George Ingram ( this one seems out of place )

1893 Reporter T. Ingram
1894 LJ Vol 1 P24 Jack Ingram
1894 LJ Vol 1 P24 Edward Lester
1894 R&G E. Lester

1894 JA3 Edward Lester

1896 R&G E. Lester

1903 R&G E. Lester

1905 R&G E. Lester

1908 R&G E. Lester

1909 JA3 Edward Lester

OWNERS

to c1837 CR 101/3/731 Edward ( II ) Phillips

from c1837 CR 101/3/731 Thomas Rotherham Phillips

1878 LJ Vol 1 P24 A. N. Masser, Longford House, Foleshill
later LJ Vol 1 P24 Phipps & Co, Northampton
1898 LJ Vol 1 P24 Phipps & Co, Northampton

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