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The Samson and Lion

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NAME SAMSON AND LION
ADDRESS 15 SWANSWELL PLACE
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 34 SWANSWELL TERRACE

The exploits of this biblical hero have always had great appeal. He was a man of prodigious strength, not exactly a thinker, and putty in the hands of an attractive woman: he personifies the macho image. He slew a lion while still a young man and a few thousand Philistines along the way, but was ultimately betrayed by The Woman.

In 1835 the pub was sold by auction. Until c1920 this was a home brew pub and it closed on 9th October 1967.

Known Licensees are;
1828 - 1829 J. A. Skelsey
1835 Thomas Harrison
1841 Benjamin Kingdom
1845 - 1851 Richard Ballard
1868 Thomas Russell
1871 - 1874 Mrs Mary Russell
1879 - 1893 Henry Keene
1895 - 1913 T. Bailey
1919 - 1924 Elizabeth Bailey
1926 - 1934 E. D. Edwards
1935 - 1936 E. Sale
1937 - 1938 F. C. Smith
1939 - 1940 H. Mears
1955 - 1956 N. Harris
1957 W. Harris
1960 - 1962 George Lloyd
Brewers;
to 1877 Mrs Mary Russell
1877 - 1884 Mrs Mary Anne Keene
1884 - 1892 Henry Keene
1892 - 1920 Thoms Bailey

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DICT PN The exploits of this popular biblical hero have always had a great appeal. He was a man of prodigious strength, not exactly a thinker, and putty in the hands of an attractive woman, he personifies the macho image. He slew a lion while still a young man and a few thousand Philistines along the way, but was ultimately betrayed by Delilah.

1835 JA Pub to be sold by auction. licensee Thomas Harrison

25.9.1863 JA141 CH&O Transfer of license from William Barrett to Samuel Russell

9.11.1867 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Jonathan Magson to Thomas Russell

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P38 SAMSON AND LION, Swanswell Terrace Alehouse
Owner : John Perkins, Butts
later Mary Ann Bailey
later Henry Bailey
later Caroline Bailey
Licensee : Mary Russell
5.6.1879 TOL to Mary Keene
22.1.1880 TOL to Mary Ann Keene
2.12.1886 TOL to Henry Keene
21.6.1893 TOL to Caroline Keene
1.3.1894 TOL to Thomas Bailey

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs - elaborate sign over doorway

to 1920 Friedrich Home brewery

9.10.1967 Closed

LICENSEES

1828/29 Pigot J. A. Skelsey

1835 JA Thomas Harrison

1841 Census Benjamin Kingdom 50 yo b Wks m Ann, 48

1841 Pigot Benjamin Kingdom

1845 Kelly R. Ballard

1850 CS Richard Ballard

1851 Census Richard Ballard 39 yo b Cubbington
1863 JA141 CH&O William Barrett
1863 JA141 CH&O Samuel Russell
1867 JA141 CS Jonathan Magson

1867 JA141 CS Thomas Russell

1868 Buchanan Thomas Russell

1871 Census Mary Russell 52 yo b Coventry widower & 2s, 1 servant

1874 C&B Mary Russell
1878 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Russell
1879 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Russell
1879 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Keene ( same as above ? )
1879 Stevens Henry Keene ( out of place ? )
1880 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Keene
1880 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Ann Keene
1881 C&B Mary Keene
1886 LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Ann Keene
1886 LJ Vol 1 P38 Henry Keene
1890/91 R&G Henry Keene

1893 Reporter Henry Keene
1893 LJ Vol 1 P38 Henry Keene
1893 LJ Vol 1 P38 Caroline Keene
1894 LJ Vol 1 P38 Caroline Keene
1894 LJ Vol 1 P38 Thomas Bailey
1895 R&G T. Bailey

1896 R&G T. Bailey
1898 LJ Vol 1 P38 Thomas Bailey
1903 R&G T. Bailey

1905 R&G T. Bailey

1909 R&G T. Bailey

1911/12 Spennell T. Bailey

1912/13 Spennell T. Bailey
1914 Source 44 T. Bailey died

1919 Spennell Elizabeth Bailey

1921/22 Spennell Elizabeth Bailey

1924 P. James Elizabeth Bailey

1926/27 P. James E. D. Edwards

1931/32 P. James E. D. Edwards

1933/34 P. James E. D. Edwards

1935/36 P. James E. Sale

1937/38 P. James F. C. Smith

1939/40 P. James H. Mears

1955/56 Barrett W. Harris

1957 Barrett W. Harris

1960 Barrett George Lloyd

1961 Barrett George Lloyd

1962 Barrett George Lloyd

BREWERS

to 1877 Friedrich Mrs Mary Russell

1877 - 1884 Friedrich Mrs Mary Ann Keene

1884 - 1892 Friedrich Henry Keene

1892 - 1920 Friedrich Thomas Bailey

1914 WB Thomas Bailey

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P38 John Perkins, Butts
later LJ Vol 1 P38 Mary Ann Bailey
later LJ Vol 1 P38 Henry Bailey
later LJ Vol 1 P38 Caroline Bailey
1898 LJ Vol 1 P38 Caroline Bailey

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