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The Victoria Vaults

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Victoria Street

NAME VICTORIA VAULTS
ADDRESS 12 VICTORIA STREET
THIS PREMISES WAS KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY FROM TO KNOWN AS
1840 1879 QUEEN VICTORIA
1867 1929 VICTORIA VAULTS

Named from Queen Victoria. The first reference is in the Coventry Standard in June 1840 when the license was transferred from James Hewitt to Thomas Sabin In 1867

George Calcott opened the VICTORIA SPIRIT VAULTS in Victoria Street and in 1871 it was referred to by the same name. In 1872 John Hill of the Victoria Vaults was charged for permitting drunkeness in his house. To 1879 this was also known as the QUEEN VICTORIA, thereafter only as the VICTORIA VAULTS (see 1888 map below).

In 1890 it was leased by Phillips and Marriott for 14 years for £45 per annum from Mrs. Jane Calcott of Victoria Street, Coventry. In 1904 the lease lapsed and the pub was sold to Mitchells and Butlers.

In 1929 the license was surrendered to facilitate the transfer of the license of the Wagon and Horses, Well Street, to the Clarence Stores, Earlsdon Avenue. The Victoria Vaults closed on 11th November 1929.

Known Licensees are;
1840 James Sabin
1841 - 1842 Thomas Sabin
1842 Elizabeth Dalton
1861 - 1868 George Calcott & broker & general dealer
1871 Edwin Meakin
1872 John Hill
1872 - 1874 Jabez Calcott
1879 - 1881 Thomas Wilden
1886 William Lea
1890 - 1893 W. J. Robinson
1894 - 1896 J. Castledine
1900 Colin Neale
1903 R.ichard A. Nelson
1905 - 1906 Mary Hayes
1908 - 1912 John Henry Faulconbridge
1912 - 1913 W. Madeley

Owners;
1890 - 1911 Mrs Jane Calcott
from 1911 Phillips & Marriott
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Dict PN From Queen Victoria

Also a carriage named after her

13.12.1867 JA16 Cov Standard George Calcott opened the VICTORIA SPIRIT VAUNTS in Victoria Street

21.6.1872 JA16 Cov Standard John Hill of the VICTORIA VAULTS charged for permitting drunkeness at his house.

8.11.1872 JA16 Cov Standard Transfer of license from John Hill to Jabez Calcott

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P51 VICTORIA VAULTS, Victoria Street Alehouse
Owner : Jane Calcott, Victoria Street
later Phillips & Marriott Ltd
Licensee : Thomas Wilden
5.11.1885 TOL to William Lea
10.3.1887 TOL to John Thomas Martin
30.6.1887 TOL to John Dunnicliff
24.5.1888 TOL to John Walter Cramp
7.3.1889 TOL to Frederick Bonham
27.6.1889 TOL to Joseph Dexter
? TOL to Matthew John Robinson
1.3.1893 TOL to William Harrison
26.7.1893 TOL to William Vaughan
26.10.1893 TOL to John Castledine
29.10.1896 TOL to John White
22.6.1899 TOL to Annie White

to 1879 See QUEEN VICTORIA

25.12.1890 P&M PR Leased by Phillips & Marriott for 14 years for £ 45 from Mrs Jane Calcott, Victoria Street, Coventry.

6.12.1904 P&M PR Annual tenancy £ 55 p.a.

21.12.1911 P&M PR Lease lapsed. Sold by auction to Mitchells & Butler

1929 Police Wagon & Horses, Well Street, transferred to the Clarence Tavern, Earlsdon Avenue. License of this pub surrendered for removalof Wagon & Horses to the Clarence Stores, Earlsdon Avenue.

LICENSEES

1867 JA16 George Calcott Victoria Spirit Vaults

1871 Census Edwin Meakin 24 yo b Bedworth m Sarah E., 21 Victoria Spirit Vaults

1872 JA16 John Hill Victoria Vaults

1872 JA16 Jabez Calcott

WTC J. Calcott 1 1/2 bI. m. 517.68

1874 C&B Jabez Calcott

1878 LJ Vol 1 P51 Thomas Wilden
1881 C&B Thomas Wilden
1885 LJ Vol 1 P51 Thomas Wilden
1885 LJ Vol 1 P51 William Lea
1886 C&B William Lea
1887 LJ Vol 1 P51 William Lea
1887 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Thomas Martin
1887 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Dunnicliff
1888 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Dunnicliff
1888 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Walter Cramp
1889 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Walter Cramp
1889 LJ Vol 1 P51 Frederick Bonham
1889 LJ Vol 1 P51 Joseph Dexter
1890/91 R&G W. J. Robinson
? LJ Vol 1 P51 Matthew John Robinson
1893 Reporter J. Robinson
1893 LJ Vol 1 P51 William Harrison
1893 LJ Vol 1 P51 William Vaughan
1893 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Castledine
1894 R&G J. Castledine

1896 R&G J. Castledine
1896 LJ Vol 1 P51 John Castledine
1896 LJ Vol 1 P51 John White
1899 LJ Vol 1 P51 John White
1899 LJ Vol 1 P51 Annie White
15.10.1900 P&M PR Colin Neale

28.5.1903 P&M PR R. A. Nelson manager

1903 R&G R. A. Nelson

11.5.1904 P&M PR Mary Hayes manager

1905 R&G Richard A. Nelson

12.4.1906 P&M PR Mary Hayes tenant

28.10.1908 P&M PR John Henry Faulconbridge

1909 R&G J. H. Faulconbridge

1911/12 Spennell J. H. Faulconbridge

1912/13 Spennell W. Madeley

OWNERS


1878 LJ Vol 1 P51 Jane Calcott, Victoria Street
1890 - 1911 P&M PR Mrs Jane Calcott
later LJ Vol 1 P51 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
1898 LJ Vol 1 P51 Phillips & Marriott Ltd
1911 P&M PR Mitchells & Butlers

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