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The Woolpack

NAME WOOLPACK
ADDRESS 45A SPON STREET

The woolpack is a large bale of wool prepared for carriage. It has a weight of 240 pounds.

This pub is reported to have stood on the south side of Spon Street adjacent to Meadow Street.


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Dict PN The woolpack is a large bale of wool prepared for carriage. It has a weight of 240 pounds.

3.10.1728 JA127 BA/A/7/2/3 Mortgage
v). £ 3 per annum fee farm froma Spon Street messuage called the Woolpack, with garden, granted to Joseph Ash.

1756 Alderman Hewitt 4 soldiers billeted

19.1.1767 JA105 & 10 & 34 JCM For sale

24.5.1779 JA105 JCM Advert - substitute - wanted a substitute to serve in the 6th Royal Warwickshire Regimemt of Foot, about 5' 7" high, by applying to Mr Thomas Dawson at the Woolpack, Spon Street, Coventry

c1800 COC P43 Mentioned in Napoleonic Poem

8.10.1830 JA105 CH&O To be let

Consisting of a bar, kitchen, parlour, four lodging rooms, and a large club room, and extensive cellaring, brewhouse, two-stall stable, with store room over and piggeries complete.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 WOOLPACK, Spon Street Alehouse
Owner : Richard Parker, Norfolk Street, Holyhead Road
later Phillips & Marriott
Licensee : Richard Parker
14.8.1879 TOL to Charles Griffiths
17.3.1881 TOL to Alfred Forward
19.1.1882 TOL to Francis Phillips
16.3.1882 TOL to Edwin Wood
? TOL to William Knibbs jnr
19.4.1888 TOL to David Gamble
21.5.1891 TOL to William Harris
25.10.1894 TOL to Thomas James Elkington
13.4.1899 TOL to Thomas Arnold

1887 COC P55 Cov Times Inn signs

29.9.1891 P&M PR Leased from R. Parker,17 Church Street, Hereford

1906 FDSDC P160 Between nine and ten-fifteen he was playing darts at the Woolpack in Spon Street.

P164 William Hanson landlord of the Woolpack in Spon Street was called .......... He told them that Taylor was at the inn between eight and ten, playing darts.

The inquest resumed and Charles Jordan of Cross Cheaping informed the court that Taylor came to him nearly half-an-hour after leaving the Woolpack and said he was ' pretty near drunk '.

P167 That saud, the landlord of the Woolpack said he was not ( drunk ).

6.1907 P&M PR Purchased by Phillips and Marriott for £ 1000

1960 Citypubs 6 Stands sedately on its own in defiance of Hitler'sbombs, as the property on each side of it was entirely demolished, while the inn itself was very badly damaged and before final damage was repaired by Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd the pub was propped up at each end.

The Woolpack, although very old, has been given a new face: all the front has been altered including the windows.

It is an old coaching station and there is still evidence of this here and there. Some of the present bedrooms were formerly stables.

The Woolpack inn contains a well laid out bar, delightful smoke room and a large club room.

1970 Spon P85 Then came another pub, No 149, the Woolpack. Again the first record comes from Hewitt, at the middle of the eighteenth century. It ceased trading on 31st May 1970.

31.5.1970 Spon P85 Closed

LICENSEES

1822/23 Pigot Thomas Turner

1828/29 Pigot Henry Perkins

1830 JA JCM Mr Perkins

1835 Pigot Mary Turner

1841 Pigot Mary Rogers

1841 Census Mary Rogers 40 yo b Wks & 1 child

1845 Kelly Mrs M. Rogers

1850 CS Robert Warmington

1861 Census Richard F. Parker 47 yo publican watchmaker b Chichester & 1868 Buchanan R. Parker [ lots ( also counted at 140 ! )

23.11.1868 Lantern Richard Parker

1871 Census Richard Parker 57 yo b Chittebury, SSX m Maria,48 & 1d, 1s,

1874 C&B R. Parker [ 1 servant
1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 Richard Parker
1879 LJ Vol 1 P34 Richard Parker
1879 LJ Vol 1 P34 Charles Griffiths
1879 Stevens Charles Griffiths

1881 C&B Charles Griffiths
1881 LJ Vol 1 P34 Charles Griffiths
1881 LJ Vol 1 P34 Alfred Forward
1882 LJ Vol 1 P34 Alfred Forward
1882 LJ Vol 1 P34 Francis Phillips
1882 LJ Vol 1 P34 Edwin Wood
? LJ Vol 1 P34 William Knibbs jnr
1886 C&B W. Knibbs
1888 LJ Vol 1 P34 William Knibbs jnr
1888 LJ Vol 1 P34 David Gamble
1890/91 R&G Emma Owen ( doesn't appear in LJ Register )
1891 LJ Vol 1 P34 David Gamble
1891 LJ Vol 1 P34 William Harris
1893 Reporter W. Harris

1894 R&G W. Harris
1894 LJ Vol 1 P34 William Harris
1894 LJ Vol 1 P34 Thomas James Elkington
1896 R&G Thomas J. Elkington
1899 LJ Vol 1 P34 Thomas James Elkington
1899 LJ Vol 1 P34 Thomas Arnold
24.8.1900 P&M PR George King

1903 R&G George King

22.8.1903 P&M PR William Holt

1905 R&G W. Holt

5.10.1905 P&M PR William Hanson

1906 FDSDC P164 William Hanson

25.6.1906 P&M PR Frederick James Storey

16.5.1907 P&M PR John Worrall

1909 R&G John Worrall

26.3.1909 P&M PR William Flathers

9.1.1911 P&M PR Tom Harris manager

14.11.1911 P&M PR Tom Harris tenant

1911/12 Spennell Thomas Harris

28.7.1913 P&M PR Tom Harris manager

1912/13 Spennell Thomas Harris

18.8.1914 P&M PR Charles Twyneham manager

1929 P. James C. Twyneham

1931/32 P. James C. Twyneham

1933/34 P. James C. Twyneham

1935/36 P. James G. Bonas

1936 Citypubs 6 Arthur Edward Haymes

1937/38 P. James G. Bonas

1939/40 P. James A. E. Haymes

1953 LTSD

1960 Citypubs 6 Arthur Edward Haymes

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P34 Richard Parker, Norfolk Street, Holyhead Road
29.9.1891 P&M PR R. Parker, 17 Church Street, Hereford
1907 P&M PR R. Parker, 17 Church Street, Hereford
6.1907 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott
later LJ Vol 1 P34 Phillips & Marriott
1898 LJ Vol 1 P34 Phillips & Marriott
1924 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott
1924 Bass
1970 Citypubs 6 Bass

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