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The Royal Sailor

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NAME ROYAL SAILOR
ALTERNATIVE NAMES JOLLY SAILOR
ADDRESS 25 UPPER WELL STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 28 or 29 UPPER WELL STREET

William IV ( 1765 - 1837) was the third son of George III. He joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1779 and was soon a captain. He frequently disobeyed the orders of his superiors and violated the rules of discipline so he was not allowed to command a ship. He was nevertheless promoted by 1801 to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

This pub opened in 1829. In 1861 and 1881 it was refered to as the JOLLY SAILOR. It closed on 14th July 1910.

Licensees
1829 - 1835 Edward Berry Freckleton
1841 - 1868 William ( Joseph ) Ludford
1871 Elizabeth Ludford
1874 - 1896 Thomas B. Atkins
1903 H. Mason
1905 - 1909 Mrs. A. Mason
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Dict PN William IV ( 1765 - 1837 ) was the third son of George III. He joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1779 and was soon a captain. He frequently disobeyed the orders of his superiors and violated the rules of discipline, so he was not allowed to command a ship. He was on the other hand promoted by 1801 to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

1829 JA34 New public houses

E. B. Freckleton, Royal Sailor, Well Street

1851 Source 40 Board of Health Map


28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 1 ROYAL SAILOR, Upper Well Street Alehouse
Owner : Coventry Free School Trustees
later Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham
Licensee : Thomas Boissonade Atkins
23.7.1873 fined 20/- & costs
13.12.1875 fined 20/- license endorsed. Drunk and disorderly

1887 COC Cov Times Inn signs

14.7.1910 Closed

LICENSEES

1829 JA34 E. B. Freckleton

1835 JA34 Edward Berry Freckleton

1841 Census William Ludford 35 yo b Wks mSarh, 30 & 2 kids

1841 Pigot William Ludford

1845 Kelly W. Ludford

1851 Pigot Joseph Ludford 45 yo b Chilvers Coton m Elizabeth,25

1861 Census William Ludford Jolly Sailor

23.11.1868 Lantern William Ludford

1871 Census Elizabeth Ludford 39 yo b Hampton in Arden, widow & 2d, 2s,

1874 C&B T. B. Atkins [ 1 lodger

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Thomas Boissonade Atkins

1879 Stevens Thomas B. Atkins

1881 C&B Thomas B. Atkins Jolly Sailor

1886 C&B T. B. Atkins

1890/91 R&G T. B. Atkins

1893 Reporter T. B. Atkins

1894 R&G T. B. Atkins

1896 R&G T. B. Atkins
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Thomas Boissonade Atkins

1903 R&G H. Mason

1905 R&G Mrs A. Mason

1909 R&G Mrs A. Mason

OWNERS

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 1 Coventry Free School Trustees

later LJ Vol 1 P 1 Atkinsons Ltd, Birmingham

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