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The Swanswell Inn

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Swanswell Inn (left) on the corner of Queens Street and Swanswell Street

NAME SWANSWELL INN
ADDRESS 9 and 56 SWANSWELL STREET, HILLFIELDS
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 8 or 9 SWANSWELL STREET

This name refers to a local pool, the Swanswell, which was the source of much of the water used in Coventry.

The pub was first mentioned in 1850. In 1870 the pub was mentioned in the will of Richard Makepeace, when it was left to his wife, Susan Makepeace. Mark William Makepeace was appointed executor and manager of the property during Susan's lifetime. Richard died in the same year and Susan in 1880. In 1881 Mark William Makepeace sold the pub to William Ratliff (of the Coventry Brewery) for £850. In 1899, on the merger of Ratliffs with Phillips and Marriott, the pub was valued at £2,000, including some cottages.

In c1969 this pub was closed and the license transferred to the Jubilee, on the same site. That closed because of drug dealing in 1992.

Known Licensees are;
1835 John Anstey
1841 - 1845 Wiliam Stanley
1850 Francis Thorp & warehouseman
1861 Mark Makepeace
1868 Richard Makepeace
1868 - 1874 William Swain
1879 - 1881 Benjamin Walker
1886 A. P. Jarrard
1890 - 1891 M. E. Jarrard
1893 - 1910 Charles Henry Atkins
1911 - 1927 Mrs Margaret Ellen Atkins
1929 - 1938 W. P. Jarrard
1939 - 1940 Nellie Jarrard
1961 Charlie Tebbutt (see also Rose and Woodbine, North Street, Wyken Pippin, Ansty Road, Ivy Cottage, King William Street)
Owners
1870 Richard Makepeace
1870 - 1880 Susan Makepeace
1880 - 1881 Mark William Makepeace
1881 - 1899 Ratliff
1899 - 1924 Phillips & Marriott
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1881 JA40 Swanswell, Swanswell Street

27.1.1870 JA40 Will of Richard makepeace ( of 8 Swanswell Street ) possessed the property. Appointed Mark William Makepeace ( of Coventry, maltster ) executor and manager of his property during his wife, Susan's lifetime, paying her 15/- per week for life.

7.4.1870 JA40 Richard Makepeace died

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 SWANSWELL INN, Swanswell Street Alehouse
Owner : Susannah Makepeace, Earl Street, Coventry
executor Mark Makepeace, Hospital Inn
later William Ratliff
Licensee : Benjamin Walker
3.11.1881 TOL to Mark Kimberley
27.4.1882 TOL to Thomas Twigger
2.11.1882 TOL to Alfred Peplow Jarrard
21.4.1887 TOL to Margaret Jarrard
5.3.1891 TOL to Charles Henry Atkins

12.1880 JA40 Susan Makepeace died

4.8.1881 JA40 Mark William Makepeace comveyed the Swanswell to William Ratliff for $ 850, along with apputenances, being 9 Swanswell Street and 2 Queen Street nearby, all built by Richard makepeace upon 267 square yards of land he bought from the builder James Marriott 25.3.1851.

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 2000 including cottages

1906 OS Map

1910 ACov P140B Photo

20.9.1963 Citypubs 94

c1969 Closed

LICENSEES

1835 Pigot John Anstey

1841 Pigot William Stanley

1845 Kelly William Stanley

1850 Lascelles Francis Thorp
1851 Census Thomas Thorp licensed vistualler in Swanswell Street
1861 Census Mark Makepeace 27 yo b Coventry widower & 1d, 1 visitor, 1 m & f

1868 Buchanan R. Makepeace

23.11.1868 Lantern William Swain

1871 Census William Swain 34 yo innkeeper b Coventrym Elisa,31 & 3s, 1d,

1874 C&B William Swain [ 1 servant
1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 Benjamin Walker
1879 Stevens Benjamin Walker

1881 C&B B. Walker
1881 LJ Vol 1 P50 Benjamin Walker
1881 LJ Vol 1 P50 Mark Kimberley
1882 LJ Vol 1 P50 Mark Kimberley
1882 LJ Vol 1 P50 Thomas Twigger
1882 LJ Vol 1 P50 Alfred Peplow Jarrard
1886 C&B A. P. Jarrard
1887 LJ Vol 1 P50 Alfred Peplow Jarrard
1887 LJ Vol 1 P50 Margaret Jarrard
1890/91 R&G M. E. Jarrard
1891 LJ Vol 1 P50 Margaret Jarrard
1891 LJ Vol 1 P50 Charles Henry Atkins
1893 Reporter C. H. Atkins
1894 R&G C. H. Atkins
1896 R&G C. H. Atkins
1898 LJ Vol 1 P50 Charles Henry Atkins
2.3.1900 P&M PR Charles Henry Atkins
1903 R&G C. H. Atkins
1905 R&G C. H. Atkins
1909 R&G C. H. Atkins
1.6.1910 P&M PR Charles Henry Atkins new agreement
9.1.1911 P&M PR Margaret Ellen Atkins
1911/12 Spennell Mrs M. E. Atkins
1912/13 Spennell Mrs M. E. Atkins
1919 Spennell Mrs Atkins
1921/22 Spennell Mrs Atkins
1924 P. James Mrs Atkins
1926/27 P. James Mrs E. Atkins
1929 P. James W. P. Jarrard
1931/32 P. James W. P. Jarrard
1933/34 P. James W. P. Jarrard
1935/36 P. James W. P. Jarrard
1937/38 P. James W. P. Jarrard
1939/40 P. James Nellie Jarrard
1955/56 Barrett Not listed in street section

1957 Barrett Not listed in street section

1960 Barrett Not listed in street section

1961 Barrett Not listed in street section
c1961 Citypubs 33 Charlie Tebbutt

1962 Barrett Not listed in street section
1966 Barrett

OWNERS

1870 JA40 Richard Makepeace

1870 JA40 Susan Makepeace

1878 LJ Vol 1 P50 Susannah Makepeace, Earl Street, Coventry
executor Mark Makepeace, Hospital Inn
later William Ratliff
1880 JA40 Susan Makepeace

1880 JA40 Mark William Makepeace

1881 JA40 Mark William Makepeace

1881 JA40 Ratliff
later LJ Vol 1 P50 William Ratliff
1898 LJ Vol 1 P50 William Ratliff
1899 JA40 Ratliff

1899 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

1924 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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