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The Watchmaker's Arms


This pub was named from the local occupation.

Our first reference is 1847 when the pub was to let. In 1899 it was purchased by Phillips and Marriott and valued at £3250 including six cottages. In 1917 it was sold to Rudge Whitworth for £3500 and closed. The Rudge Whitworth Cycle Works was built on the site.

Note all the female licensees - 6 at least.

Known Licensees are;
1850 - 1851 William Jones
1856 israel Cox
18** -1861 Thomas Hargraves
1861 - 1863 Jemima Coleman
1865 John and Jacob Bayliss
1868 J. Bayliss
1868 Reuben Deeming
1871 William Morton
1874 Samuel Russell
1879 Mrs. Mary Anne Holt
photo of margaret weston
1881 Mrs. Margaret Weston (click for more info and photos)
1886 - 1899 Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Anne Carter
1902 Walter Harry Barton
1903 - 1910 Sarah Ann Barton / Moyce
1910 - 1913 Stanley Moyce
1917 Miss Winifred Turner Thanks to Brian Patterson for additional information
to 1899 Emma Bayliss
from 1899 Phillips & Marriott

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Name From the local occupation

1840 Spon P37 After crossing Crow Lane the first building, No 36, was for many years a public house - the Watchmakers Arms. The earliest reference I have come across is 1840 but I would not be surprised if it was older than that. ( wrong- first date see JA34 below )

30.7.1847 JA34 CS Watchmakers Arms to be let with immediate possession

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

6.8.1852 JA141 CS Transfer of license from James Keene to James Vicars

18.6.1856 JA CH&O Israel Cox licensee of Watchmakers Arms, address not given

7.10.1859 JA141 CS Transfer of license from James Coleman to Jemima Coleman

28.8.1878 LJ Vol1 P19 WATCHMAKERS ARMS, Spon Street Alehouse
Owner : Thomas Beech, Spon Street, Coventry
later Mrs E. Bayliss, 121 London Road, Croydon Lessees : Atkinsons Ltd
Licensee : Mary Ann Holt
19.3.1880 TOL to Margaret Weston
24.4.1884 TOL to Elizabeth Mary Ann Carter

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

1899 JA48 PA 56/7/15 1899 conveyance by Emma Bayliss ( of Croydon, Surrey ) to Phillips & Marriott for £ 3200 ( once occupied by John Bayliss junior but then by Elizabeth Mary Ann Carter ) and Nos 4-8 Court 1 Crow Lane.

9.1899 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips & Marriott

10.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 3250 including 6 cottages

2.7.1917 P&M PR Sold to Rudge Whitworth for £ 3500

1917 Closed


1850 CS William Jones

1851 Census William Jones 37 yo b London m Mary, 43 & 2 nephews
1852 JA141 CS James Keene

1852 JA141 CS James Vicars

1856 JA CH&O Israel Cox
1859 JA141 CS James Coleman

1859 JA141 CS Jemima Coleman

1861 Census Jemima Coleman

1868 Buchanan J. Bayliss

23.11.1868 Lantern Reuben Deeming

1871 Census William Morton 37 yo b Coventry m Selina, 36 & 2s, 2d

1874 C&B S. Russell
1878 LJ Vol1 P19 Mary Ann Holt
1879 Stevens Mrs Mary Anne Holt
1880 LJ Vol1 P19 Mary Ann Holt
1880 LJ Vol1 P19 Margaret Weston
1881 C&B M. Weston
1884 LJ Vol1 P19 Margaret Weston
1884 LJ Vol1 P19 Elizabeth Mary Ann Carter
1886 C&B Mrs Carter

1890/91 R&G Mrs Carter

1893 Reporter Mrs A. Carter

1894 R&G Mrs E. M. A. Carter
1896 R&G Mrs E. M. A. Carter
1898 LJ Vol1 P19 Elizabeth Mary Ann Carter
1899 JA48 PA 56/7/15 Elizabeth Mary Ann Carter

6.12.1899 P&M PR Elizabeth Mary Anne Carter

5.11.1902 P&M PR Walter Harry Barton

3.6.1903 P&M PR Sarah Ann Barton

1903 R&G Sarah Ann Barton

1905 R&G Sarah Ann Barton

1909 R&G S. A. Moyce

1.6.1910 R&G Sarah Ann Barton ( now Moyce )

6.9.1910 P&M PR Stanley Moyce

1911/12 Spennell S. Moyce

1912/13 Spennell S. Moyce

6.3.1917 P&M PR Miss Winifred Turner manager


1878 LJ Vol1 P19 Thomas Beech, Spon Street, Coventry
later LJ Vol1 P19 Mrs E. Bayliss, 121 London Road, Croydon Lessees : Atkinsons Ltd
1899 JA48 PA 56/7/15 Emma Bayliss

1899 JA48 PA 56/7/15 Phillips & Marriott

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