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The Queen Inn

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Photo from the 1940's. The Queen is lower down on the left

NAME QUEEN INN
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Previously BRICKLAYERS ARMS
ADDRESS 40 PRIMROSE HILL STREET

This could refer to a number of queens, Elizabeth I, Victoria or Anne being the usual candidates.

To 1868 this was the BRICKLAYERS ARMS, Primrose Hill Street.

In 1928 the Golden Lion, Castle Street, was closed in consideration of the Queen. This must have meant that rebuilding or improvements were being done to The Queen.

In 1985 it was 'a basic drinkers' pub in a basic area'. It was auctioned in 1996 and closed in 2010. It is now a West Indian Centre.

Known Licensees are;
1868 - 1871 Thomas Dowse
1874 E. Barnes
1879 John Bonnar
1881 - 1886 Reuben Deeming
1890 - 1891 H. Roe
1893 - 1896 W. J. Penn
1903 -1927 Thomas Elson
1931 - 1934 G. E. Brownsell
1935 - 1938 T. Oswin
1939 - 1940 D. Buckler (see also Shepherd and Shepherdess, Keresley Road)
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Dict PN Could refer to various Queens, e.g. Queen Anne, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria.

to 1868 See BRICKLAYERS ARMS, Primrose Hill Street

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P7 Owner : Henry Wilford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later J. Marston & Co, Burton on Trent
Licensee : John Bonnar
19.3.1880 TOL to Reuben Deemin
22.4.1886 TOL to Henry Rowe
3.12.1892 TOL to William James Penn
28.10.1897 TOL to Sara Jane Penn
9.12.1897 TOL to James William Shortley

1887 COC Cov Times

1927 Police Closed in consideration of permission to remove the Golden Lion, Castle Street

1928 Police License of Golden lion, Castle Street, removed to Queen, Primrose Hill Street.

1977 WRAG1

1979 WRAG2

1982 WRAG3 Interesting old fashioned pub

1985 CCRAG A basic drinkers pub in a basic area. Occassional live music.

1996 Auctioned

22.11.2010 Source 26 Closed and its future uncertain

LICENSEES

1868 Buchanan T. Dowse

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Dowse
1871 Census Thomas Dowse 41 yo b Coventry m Martha, 40 & 2s, 1d ( Queens 1874 C&B E. Barnes [ Arms )
1878 LJ Vol1 P7 John Bonnar
1879 Stevens John Bonnar
1880 LJ Vol1 P7 John Bonnar
1880 LJ Vol1 P7 Reuben Deemin

1881 C&B Reuben Deeming

1886 C&B Reuben Deeming
1886 LJ Vol1 P7 Reuben Deemin
1886 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Rowe
1890/91 R&G H. Roe
1892 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Rowe
1892 LJ Vol1 P7 William James Penn

1893 Reporter W. J. Penn

1894 R&G W. J. Penn

1896 R&G W. J. Penn
1897 LJ Vol1 P7 William James Penn
1897 LJ Vol1 P7 Sara Jane Penn
9.12.1897 LJ Vol1 P7 James William Shortley

1898 LJ Vol1 P7 James William Shortley

1903 R&G T. Elson

1905 R&G T. Elson

1909 R&G T. Elson

1911/12 Spennell Tom Elson

1912/13 Spennell Tom Elson

1919 Spennell Thomas Elson

1921/22 Spennell Thomas Elson

1924 Spennell Thomas Elson

1926/27 Spennell Thomas Elson

1931/32 P. James G. E. Brownsell

1933/34 P. James G. E. Brownsell

1935/36 P. James T. Oswin

1937/38 P. James T. Oswin

1939/40 P. James D. Buckler

1953 LTSD

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Wilford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P7 J. Marston & Co, Burton on Trent

Dict PN Could refer to various Queens, e.g. Queen Anne, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria.

to 1868 See BRICKLAYERS ARMS, Primrose Hill Street

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P7 Owner : Henry Wilford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later J. Marston & Co, Burton on Trent
Licensee : John Bonnar
19.3.1880 TOL to Reuben Deemin
22.4.1886 TOL to Henry Rowe
3.12.1892 TOL to William James Penn
28.10.1897 TOL to Sara Jane Penn
9.12.1897 TOL to James William Shortley

1887 COC Cov Times

1927 Police Closed in consideration of permission to remove the Golden Lion, Castle Street

1928 Police License of Golden lion, Castle Street, removed to Queen, Primrose Hill Street.

1977 WRAG1

1979 WRAG2

1982 WRAG3 Interesting old fashioned pub

1985 CCRAG A basic drinkers pub in a basic area. Occassional live music.

1996 Auctioned

22.11.2010 Source 26 Closed and its future uncertain

LICENSEES

1868 Buchanan T. Dowse

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Dowse
1871 Census Thomas Dowse 41 yo b Coventry m Martha, 40 & 2s, 1d ( Queens 1874 C&B E. Barnes [ Arms )
1878 LJ Vol1 P7 John Bonnar
1879 Stevens John Bonnar
1880 LJ Vol1 P7 John Bonnar
1880 LJ Vol1 P7 Reuben Deemin

1881 C&B Reuben Deeming

1886 C&B Reuben Deeming
1886 LJ Vol1 P7 Reuben Deemin
1886 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Rowe
1890/91 R&G H. Roe
1892 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Rowe
1892 LJ Vol1 P7 William James Penn

1893 Reporter W. J. Penn

1894 R&G W. J. Penn

1896 R&G W. J. Penn
1897 LJ Vol1 P7 William James Penn
1897 LJ Vol1 P7 Sara Jane Penn
9.12.1897 LJ Vol1 P7 James William Shortley

1898 LJ Vol1 P7 James William Shortley

1903 R&G T. Elson

1905 R&G T. Elson

1909 R&G T. Elson

1911/12 Spennell Tom Elson

1912/13 Spennell Tom Elson

1919 Spennell Thomas Elson

1921/22 Spennell Thomas Elson

1924 Spennell Thomas Elson

1926/27 Spennell Thomas Elson

1931/32 P. James G. E. Brownsell

1933/34 P. James G. E. Brownsell

1935/36 P. James T. Oswin

1937/38 P. James T. Oswin

1939/40 P. James D. Buckler

1953 LTSD

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol1 P7 Henry Wilford, Smithford Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P7 J. Marston & Co, Burton on Trent

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