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The Trafalgar Arms

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The Trafalgar Arms. Note the three storey weavers cottages with the large workshop windows

NAME TRAFALGAR ARMS
ADDRESS 51 TRAFALGAR STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 18 TRAFALGAR STREET

Cape Trafalgar is a headland on the Atlantic coast of Cadiz, near the strait of Gibraltar. It was here on 21st October 1805 that Lord Nelson achieved a magnificent victory over the Franco-Spanish fleet, ending Napoleon's sea power and the threat of invasion, but at the cost of his own life.

In 1935 this was a Flowers house and was reputed to serve the best pint of Guiness in the Midlands. It has been said that the cellars of the Trafalgar were located beneath the course of, or at least in close proximity of the River Sherbourne, which kept the beer at a constant temperature all year round.

Known Licensees are;
1861 - 1881 James Bateman butcher & publican
1886 Joseph Chetwynd
1890 - 1896 J. Ludford
1903 - 1905 C. J. Slade
1909 Helen Slade
1911 - 1913 A. Jephcott
1919 - 1934 Frank Rollason
1935 - 1940 P. H. Grady
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Dict PN Cape Trafalgar is a headland on the Atlantic coast of Cadiz, near the srait of Gilbraltar. It was here on 21 October 1805 that Lord Nelson achieved a magnificent victory over the Franco-Spanish fleet, ending Napoleon's sea power and the threat of an invasion.

2.9.1864 JA 141 CS New license granted to James Bateman

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 Owner : James Bateman & William Johnson
later Johnson & Allenson, Coventry
Licensee : James Bateman
31.5.1883 TOL to Joseph Chetwynd
24.5.1885 TOL to Jonathan Ludford

1887 CPC Cov Times Inn signs

1935 GT Flowers Ales ISC A Flowers house

17.5.1967 JA CET Closed and demolished

? COOPP Photo 30 - ' Arthur Jeffcott '

LICENSEES

1861 Census James Bateman 43 yo butcher no mention of a pub.

1864 JA141 CS James Bateman - new license

1868 Buchanan James Bateman

1871 Census James Bateman 53 yo butcher & publican b Coventry m Hannah, 51

1874 C&B James Bateman [ & 2s, 1d, 1 boarder
1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 James Bateman
1879 Stevens James Bateman

1881 C&B James Bateman
1883 LJ Vol 1 P4 James Bateman
1883 LJ Vol 1 P4 Joseph Chetwynd
1885 LJ Vol 1 P4 Joseph Chetwynd
1885 LJ Vol 1 P4 Jonathan Ludford
1886 C&B Joseph Chetwynd

1890/91 R&G J. Ludford

1893 Reporter J. Ludford

1894 R&G J. Ludford

1896 R&G J. Ludford

1898 LJ Vol 1 P4 Jonathan Ludford
1903 R&G C. J. Slade

1905 R&G C. J. Slade

1909 R&G Helen Slade

1911/12 Spennell A. Jephcott

1912/13 Spennell A. Jephcott

1919 Spennell Frank Rollaston

1921/22 Spennell Frank Rollaston

1924 Spennell Frank Rollaston

1926/27 Spennell Frank Rollaston

1933/34 Spennell Frank Rollaston

1935/36 Spennell P. H. Grady

1937/38 Spennell P. H. Grady

1939/40 Spennell P. H. Grady

1966 Barrett

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P4 James Bateman & William Johnson
later Johnson & Allenson, Coventry

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