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The White Bear

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NAME WHITE BEAR
ALTERNATIVE NAMES BEAR
ADDRESS 4 LEICESTER ROW

This is a heraldic reference to the Earls of Kent. It was also the name of a galleon in Drake's squadron at the attack on Cadiz in 1587.

In 1911 the pub was compensated and closed in 1912.

Known Licensees are;
1850 William Woodhouse
1861 Thomas Edwards
1868 Arthur Mason
1879 Mrs. Mary Russell
1881 T. Ballard
1886 J. Bates
1890 - 1893 J. Hunter
1894 - 1905 Mrs. C.Bonham
1909 - 1912 George C. Bonham

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Dict PN This is a heraldic reference to the Earls of Kent. It was also the name of a galleon in Drake's squadron at the attack on Cadiz in 1587.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

1.4.1859 JA141 CS Transfer of license from W. J. Adams to Thomas Sanders ( Bear )

7.10.1859 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Sanders to Abraham Johnson

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 WHITE BEAR, Leicester Row Alehouse
Owner : Robert Choules, Coventry
later Northampton Brewery Co Limited
Licensee : Mary Russell
22.1.1880 TOL to James Ballard
8.12.1883 TOL to Joseph Bates
10.1.1889 TOL to James Hunter
12.4.1893 TOL to Catherine Bonham
3.5.1886 fined 5/- & costs for keeping open
11.4.1889 fined 5/- & costs for keeping open

c1911 Closed

1911 Police Closed and compensated

LICENSEES

1850 CS William Woodhouse

1851 Census Thomas Edwards
1859 JA141 CS W. J. Adams ( Bear )

1859 JA141 CS Thomas Sanders ( Bear )

1859 JA141 CS Abraham Johnson

1861 Census Thomas Edwards ( Bear ) 54 yo Innkeeper b Exhall widower &

1868 Buchanan A. Mason [1 servant, 1 nephew, 1 lodger

23.11.1868 Lantern Arthur Mason

1871 Census A. Mason ribbon weaver & publican
1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 Mary Russell
1879 Syevens Mrs Mary Russell
1880 LJ Vol 1 P40 Mary Russell
1880 LJ Vol 1 P40 James Ballard
1881 C&B T. Ballard
1883 LJ Vol 1 P40 James Ballard
1883 LJ Vol 1 P40 Joseph Bates
1886 C&B J. Bates

1889 LJ Vol 1 P40 Joseph Bates
1889 LJ Vol 1 P40 James Hunter
1890/91 R&G J. Hunter

1893 Reporter J. Hunter
1893 LJ Vol 1 P40 James Hunter
1893 LJ Vol 1 P40 Catherine Bonham
1894 R&G Mrs C. Bonham

1896 R&G Mrs C. Bonham

1903 R&G Mrs C. Bonham

1905 R&G Mrs C. Bonham

1909 R&G G. C. Bonham

1911/12 Spennell George C. Bonham

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P40 Robert Choules, Coventry
later LJ Vol 1 P40 Northampton Brewery Co Limited
1898 LJ Vol 1 P40 Northampton Brewery Co Limited

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