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The Sword and Mace

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High Street 1926

NAME SWORD AND MACE / OLD SWORD AND MACE
ADDRESS 43 EARL STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES HIGH STREET

This refers either to civic regalia or royal regalia. in 1756 six soldiers were billeted here.

A sale of bankrupts goods in 1817 included the Old Sword and Mace, which had been tenanted in succession by William Mitchell, Martha Steel, Edward Phillips, John Major and William Edwards. It seems that the pub was not a lot more successful for subsequent owners as it closed c1905.

Known Licensees are;
William Mitchell
Martha Steel
Edward Phillips
John Major
William Edwards
1822 - 1823 W. Addington
1835 Richard Stratton
1841 Edward Elton
1841 William Watts
1850 - 1851 Thomas A. Smith
1861 - 1868 William White
1874 J. Doughty
1879 George Atkins
1881 Ann Atkins
1886 - 1893 C. Atkins
1894 Mrs C. Atkins
1896 T. Heath
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NAME Civic ( or Royal ? ) insignia

1756 Alderman Hewitt 6 soldiers billetted

1794 JA33 PA101/1/377 Will of John Sympson bequaths Old Sword and Mace, Earl Street, tenanted by Edward Phillips, to his daughter Jane.

c1800 COC P41 Mentioned in Napoleonic poem

8.10.1817 CR 101/1/385 Sale of bankrupt's goods at the Kings Head includes the OLD SWORD AND MACE, tenanted in succession by William Mitchell, Martha Steel, Edward Phillips, John Major and now William Edwards.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

& Sword and Mace Yard

c1860 Source 34 Plate 22

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P2 SWORD AND MACE, Earl Street Alehouse
Owner : Robert Gillam, Cheltenham, trustee of E. M. Robins, late of Birmingham
Licensee : George Atkins
11.12.1879 TOL to Caroline Atkins
25.10.1894 TOL to Thomas Heath
27.10.1898 TOL to Charles Carvell
29.5.1876 fined 40/- & costs. Keeping open.
6.11.1876 fined £ 5 & costs & license endorsed. permitting gaming.
11.6.1894 fined £ 5 & costs for permitting gaming

1905 Closed

LICENSEES

CR 101/1/385 William Mitchell

CR 101/1/385 Martha Steel

1794 JA33 PA101/1/377 Edward Phillips

CR 101/1/385 Edward Phillips

CR 101/1/385 John Major

c1817 CR 101/1/385 William Edwards

1822/23 Pigot W. Addington

1828/29 Pigot Ann Sodin High Street

1835 Pigot Richard Stratton

1841 Census Edward Elton 36 yo b Wks m Elizabeth, 21 ( Sword & Mace Yard, Earl 1841 Pigot William Watts [ Street )

1845 Kelly W. King

1850 CS Thomas Smith

1851 Census Thomas A. Smith 69 yo b Corley m Elizabeth, 64 & 1d

1861 Census William White 51 yo b Ipswich m Sarah, 49 & 2 lodgers, 1 servant,

1868 Buchanan W. White [ 1 boarder

23.11.1868 Lantern William White

1871 Census Thomas Eaves

1874 C&B J. Doughty

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P2 George Atkins
1879 Stevens George Atkins

1.12.1879 LJ Vol 1 P2 George Atkins

1.12.1879 LJ Vol 1 P2 Caroline Atkins

1881 C&B Ann Atkins

WTC C. Atkins 1 1/2 NAC

1886 C&B C. Atkins

1890/91 C&B C. Atkins

1893 Reporter C. Atkins

1894 R&G Mrs C. Atkins

25.10.1894 LJ Vol 1 P2 Caroline Atkins
25.10.1894 LJ Vol 1 P2 Thomas Heath
1896 R&G T. Heath
27.10.1898 LJ Vol 1 P2 Thomas Heath

27.10.1898 LJ Vol 1 P2 Charles Carvell

OWNERS

1794 JA33 PA101/1/377 John Sympson

1794 JA33 PA101/1/377 Jane Sympson

1878 LJ Vol 1 P2 Robert Gillam, Cheltenham, trustee of E. M. Robins, late of Birmingham
1898 LJ Vol 1 P2 Robert Gillam, Cheltenham, trustee of E. M. Robins, late of Birmingham

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