NAGS HEAD (1) There are two references to pubs of this name. The first was for an establishment on Cotton End of which there seems to be a single mention dating from 1806. It stood on the North side of the street at the East end and the owner/landlord was William Dyke. NAGS HEAD (2). The second pub of this name is much better documented. This one stood at 19 Hampton Street and existed from at least 1849 through to the Second World War. The licensees were: 1849 Daniel Woodward 1862 Hannah Mottram 1880-1881 John Casey 1882-1902 H Symes 1903-1906 Mrs H Symes 1907 F J Coulson 1908-1909 William Alfred Smith 1910-1915 J A Bird 1917-1944 Mrs F A Ravenhall Kelly's directories for 1927 and 1928 gave Mrs Ravenhall's first name as Florence. The pub was no longer listed in 1945. Carriers regularly departed from this hostelry between 1887 and 1917. Originally they ran to Langley, Norton Lindsey and Wolverhampton on Saturdays but from 1888 to 1890 they also ran the same route on Wednesdays. From 1898 till 1901 and then again in 1903 they ran twice a week but both times on Saturdays. From 1907 the Directories no longer list destinations but the carriers continued to run until 1917 departing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Today the building is a private house, but faded lettering for Flowers Ales is just discernible on the Stand Street frontage. NAVIGATION. This pub is situated at 93 Saltisford. It was probably built at the same time as the Warwick & Birmingham canal, which opened in 1799. The Warwick town wharves reached almost to the pub's back yard. In 1828/29 it was listed as run by Thomas Battin. Run by George Mander in the 1833 Election Committee report. The pub is also listed in 1862 when the licensee was Henry Shelswell and again in 1880 when the landlord was now Benjamin Goodman Green. In 1881 the pub was renamed The Antelope which still exists today under that name and has featured in the section on 'A' NELSON INN. This pub must not be confused with the Lord Nelson, which is situated on the Emscote Road. The Nelson stood at 42 West Street at the opposite end of town, on the north side of the road and was first listed in 1806 when the map of the town showed the pub being owned and run by George Witherington. The licensees were: 1828/29 William Humphriss 1849 Ann Davis 1862 Alfred Bickley 1880 John Taylor 1881 Mrs Taylor 1882-1889 John Casey 1890 John Monaghan 1891 James Prentice 1892-1895 Henry Bastock 1896-1905 Thomas Davis Cook 1906-1916 Frederick Dickens 1917-1931 Ernest Frank Robbins 1932-1940 Mrs Keziah Robbins 1941-1950 William Norbury The pub was no longer featured in the next available Directory in 1953. It is interesting to note that John Casey had been running the Nag's Head the previous year, which goes to show that landlords moving around are not a modern phenomenon. Earlier it is likely that John Taylor died in 1880, which would explain why his wife took it over for a short period. In 1932 it is nice to see a pub continuing to run continuously in one family with Mrs Robbins taking over from her husband and running it for another 8 years. Once again carriers used this pub first in 1850 when there was a daily service to Stratford. By 1899 when the next reference to carriers is found the destination is no longer given but the service is still daily. A second route running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, joins the daily service the following year. In 1901 an additional Saturday service is introduced and this situation continues for 1902. From 1904 until 1906 the three existing routes are joined by a fourth running on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In 1907 the routes change to one on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; another Daily and two more on Saturdays. In 1908 they dropped down to just the Daily route and the one on Saturdays but in 1909 the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday service returned for a year with 1910 and 1911 being the same as 1908. Then from 1912 until 1916 the two existing routes were joined by a Monday and Friday service. Finally for the final three years between 1917 and 1919 only the daily service remained. NEW BOWLING GREEN. This historic pub that dates back to the 15th Century was originally called the Game of Bowls and the early history of the building was discussed in detail earlier in the series. The first mention of the current name has been found on the 1806 map of the town when William Purden ran it. The other licensees were: 1828/1829 Harriet Hooper 1849 Joseph Mottram 1880-1885 William Butler 1886-1900 Mrs Harriet Rose 1901-1905 Frederick Dickins 1906-1908 Walter Wallsgrove 1909-1912 A Stone 1913-1914 E W Ewans 1915-1920 E W Evans 1921-1950 Harry Mellors 1953-1956 Leslie Lyne Although Mrs Rose was not listed as licensee until 1886 she was listed as manageress from 1883. It is possible that Frederick Dickins should be spelt Dickens which is a much more familiar name and it is also likely that the entries for 1913 and 1914 were also incorrect and the name should have been Evans not Ewans as the initials match the successor with the alternative spelling. It is good to see a landlord staying for 25 years at one pub which a rare occurrence these days and Harry Mellors must have been well respected as he was listed as Chairman of the Licensed Victualers Society. This fine timber framed pub was a Bass pub but in recent years was sold to Charles Wells, the brewers from Bedford, as part of their initial Midlands estate. They renovated the pub sensitively and kept many of the separate drinking areas, which so often get destroyed in pub modernisations. Now the pub presents a rare opportunity to sample the delights of Eagle Bitter and Bombadier, which are not to be found elsewhere in Warwick. NEW INN. Little is known about this pub that was situated on the Coventry Road. It was listed in 1828/1829 as being run by Andrew Chapman and it is next mentioned in 1849 when the Landlord was George Chapman possibly the son of the previous licensee. Kemp in his publication entitled "The History of Warwick and its People", published in 1905, stated that this pub was located "just before reaching the canal bridge".
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