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The Queens Arms

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Cross Cheaping 1892

NAME QUEENS ARMS
ADDRESS 18 CROSS CHEAPING
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 16 BURGES

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1756 1830 KINGS ARMS
1851 1915 QUEENS ARMS

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

This property was rebuilt at some time before 1791 with a modest Georgian brick front. It may not have been a public house at that time. Deeds refer to this building from 1518 and it was earlier called the KINGS ARMS. Was the name changed with the accesssion of Victoria?

In 1865 it was part of the estate of Bablake School for which Thomas Winn paid £38 per annum. In 1885 it was purchased by Matterson, Huxley and Watson for £1250. In 1899 Phillips and Marriott leased it for one year from Mattersons for £100 per annum with an option to renew for a further 7 years. This option they took up and they renewed for another 7 years in 1906. However, in 1913 the lease was removed to Mitchells and Butlers. In 1915 the pub closed.

Known Licensees at the KINGS ARMS are;
1822 - 1823 E. Taylor
1828 - 1830 John Byrne

Known Licensees at the QUEENS ARMS are;
1841 Benjamin Bird (see also at the Engine Inn, Longford in 1850 and The City Arms, Earlsdon 1853 to 1872)
1850 - 1861 Thomas Breen
1868 James Griffin
1871 - 1874 Thomas Breen
1879 - 1881 Samuel Morris
1886 N. Bollan
1890 - 1891 J. Clifford
1893 J. H. Smith
1894 J. Wright
1896 Madeline Strong
1899 Emma Lindon
1902 - 1903 Joseph Charles Eggington
1904 - 1905 George Henry Eaton
1905 Joseph Cross
1907 - 1909 Thomas Cotton
1909 - 1910 Richard Moore
1911 - 1918 Mrs. Tryphena Moore


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Dict PN A popular sign. Different queens are referred to - see Queen

Cov Streets P102 List of documents - previously called the KINGS ARMS

1581 & 1791 Cov Streets Rebuilt somewhat before 1791 with modest Georgian brick front,

P85 Map94 may not have been a publkic house at this time as the list of rooms shows no difference from an ordinary house.

1791 Cov Streets P107 Rebuilt c1791

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1865 Poole P267 Estates belonging to Bablake School

Cross Cheaping

Thos Winn, the Queens Arms and premises £ 38 0s 0d

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 QUEENS ARMS, Cross Cheaping Alehouse
Owner : Trustees of Bablake Estate
later Matterson, Huxley & Watson Ltd, Coventry
Licensee : Mary Ann Smith
1.5.1879 TOL to Samuel Morris
3.11.1881TOL to William Bollin
28.4.1886 TOL to Joseph Clifford
31.7.1890 TOL to Charles Stafford
14.4.1892 TOL to John Harry Smith
21.6.1893 TOL to John Athersuch
26.9.1893 TOL to John Wright
14.5.1896 TOL to Madeline Emily Strong
9.11.1896TOL to Elijah Strong
27.7.1899 TOL to Emma Lindon

1885 Cov Street P106 Purchased by Matterson, Huxley & Watson for £ 1250

29.9.1899 P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott for 1 year with option to renew for another 7 years for £ 100 - which was done. Owners Matterson, Huxley & Watson Ltd, Coventry.

29.9.1906 P&M PR Lease renewed for 7 years

10.4.1913 P&M PR Lease sold to Mitchells & Butler for £ 50

29.9.1915 Closed

LICENSEES

1841 Pigot Benjamin Bird

1841 Pigot Benjamin Bird 32 yo b Wks m Amelia, 29 & 2 children

1845 Kelly Benjamin Bird

1850 CS Thomas Breen

1851 Census Thomas Breen 30 yo b IRL m Catherine, 40

1861 Census Thomas Breen 39 yo b Roscrean, Co Tipperary, m Catherine, 49 &

1868 Buchanan James Griffin [1 servant, 1 neice ( 16 Burges )

1871 Census Thomas Breen 51 yo b Roscrea, IRL m Catherine, 64 & 1 servant

1874 C&B Thomas Breen
1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 Mary Ann Smith
1879 LJ Vol 1 P44 Mary Ann Smith
1879 LJ Vol 1 P44 Samuel Morris
1879 Stevens Samuel Morris

1881 C&B S. Morris
1881 LJ Vol 1 P44 Samuel Morris
1881 LJ Vol 1 P44 William Bollin
1886 C&B N. Bollan
1886 LJ Vol 1 P44 William Bollin
1886 LJ Vol 1 P44 Joseph Clifford
1890/91 R&G J. Clifford
1890 LJ Vol 1 P44 Joseph Clifford
1890 LJ Vol 1 P44 Charles Stafford
1892 LJ Vol 1 P44 Charles Stafford
1892 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Harry Smith
1893 Reporter J. H. Smith
1893 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Harry Smith
1893 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Athersuch
1893 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Wright
1894 R&G J. Wright
1896 LJ Vol 1 P44 John Wright
1896 LJ Vol 1 P44 Madeline Emily Strong
1896 R&G Madeline Strong
1896 LJ Vol 1 P44 Elijah Strong
1899 LJ Vol 1 P44 Elijah Strong
1899 LJ Vol 1 P44 Emma Lindon
26.9.1899 P&M PR Emma Lindon

20.2.1902 P&M PR Joseph Charles Eggington

1903 R&G J. C. Eggington

28.4.1904 P&M PR George Henry Eaton

1905 R&G G. H. Eaton

25.5.1905 P&M PR Joseph Cross

2.10.1907 P&M PR Thomas Cotton

1909 R&G Tom Cotton

24.3.1909 P&M PR Richard Moore

1.6.1910 P&M PR Richard Moore new agreement

1911/12 Spennell Mrs Moore

1912/13 Spennell Mrs Moore

13.2.1918 P&M PR Tryphena Moore

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P44 Trustees of Bablake Estate
later LJ Vol 1 P44 Matterson, Huxley & Watson Ltd, Coventry
1898 LJ Vol 1 P44 Matterson, Huxley & Watson Ltd, Coventry

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