History of the Coventry Cross at Kenilworth in the county of Warwickshire.


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Kenilworth : Coventry Cross [c.1935]

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"Before Majors Molyneux and Marsland, George Whale, publican, Kenilworth, was summoned by Henry Whateley, florist, for assaulting him in the Coventry Cross Inn, Kenilworth, on the 5th November. Mr. Crowther Davies appeared for the prosecutor, and Mr. Minster [Coventry] for the defendant. Mr. Crowther Davies suggested that, as there were a number of cross summonses connected with the case, they should be taken, as far as possible, together. Mr. E. Field said the practice of the Court, in a case like that, was to take the evidence in the first case, and only read through the necessary evidence of the cross summonses. Mr. Davies said the complainant was a well-known inhabitant of Kenilworth, carrying on business as a florist. Mr. Whale was landlord of the Coventry Cross. On the day of the assault, Whately, and a friend named Arnold, drove up to the Coventry Cross, and, entering the bar, had something to drink. As he was instructed, Mr. Whale proposed to Whately that they should toss for drinks. His client declined so, and Whale thereupon picked a quarrel with him, in the course of which he came round the bar, and, without warning, struck Whately a blow on the eye, knocking him down, and falling on him. Mr. Whately took out a summons against defendant, and a curious circumstance connected with the case was that, although the assault occurred on the 5th, cross-summonses were issued upon Mr. Arnold, a perfectly innocent man, whose only action had been to try and prevent a disturbance; and upon his client, for assault on the 11th, several days after the occurrence. Mr. Whately then entered the witness box, and, in reply to Mr. Crowther Davies, said that the evening of the 5th inst., he called at the Coventry Cross Inn, Kenilworth, kept by the defendant, with a friend named Arnold, and they had something drink. The defendant and a man named Spiers were behind the counter. Defendant invited witness to toss with him for drinks round, and witness declined. Some high words followed, and witness was taken by surprise by Whale, who came from behind the bar and, without provocation, knocked him down. Witness got up and followed defendant into an inner room, where there were two strangers. Directly he got into the room, his legs were knocked under him by one the three men, and Arnold came in at the door while he was still on the floor. Witness could not swear that it was Whale that kicked him in the room. Examined by Mr. Minster, witness said he knew a man named Latham, but he did not see him on the day in question. Defendant did not offer to treat Arnold in the public house, and witness did not ask defendant to treat him. No bad language was used by anyone but defendant, and witness was not ordered out or put out of the house by defendant. He did not take off his coat and throw it to the ground before any blow was struck, and Arnold did not hold Whale while witness struck him. After leaving the house, witness went back again to find out why he had been assaulted. He was not turned out a second time; he believed all the doors were bolted to prevent him doing so. John Arnold, butcher, Castle End, Kenilworth, said was in the Coventry Cross with Mr. Whately on the evening named. They had some drink together, and there were some high words between Whateley and Whale because Whale asked Whateley to toss for drinks. Whateley refused to toss, and, after more words, Whale came from behind the bar and struck Whateley, knocking him down. Witness pulled Whale off his companion. In reply to Mr. Minster, witness said defendant did give him something to drink, gratis, after Whateley would not toss. Andrew Spiers, joiner, Kenilworth, said he was in the public house when Whateley and Arnold came in and called for two whiskeys. Whale offered to toss them for drinks, and Whateley agreed. Whale put down his coin on the counter, and said, "I shall toss when I'm ready." Some words followed, in the course of which both Whale and Whateley used bad language. Whateley pulled off his coat and threw it to witness, and Whale then came round and struck at Whateley. He was certain that Whale struck first. Before the blow was struck, he did not hear the landlord request Whateley to leave the premises. P.S. Alcott deposed to having had his attention called to the Coventry Cross, and outside there seeing a dispute between the landlord and Whateley. There was a cross-summons by George Whale, against Whateley and Arnold, but the Bench said that there was evidently blame on both sides. It was a case of six of one and half dozen of the other, and they believed they would be doing right by dismissing both cases, each party to pay their own costs. The solicitors agreed to this course being adopted."
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Leamington Spa Courier : November 16th 1889 Page 7

"Yesterday, before Mr. Stanger Leathes, General Radcliffe, Major Molyneux, Captain Starkey, and Councillor H. Bright, a trio of Coventry men, John Dipper, 21, Chapel Street, Coventry, Thomas Kane, Jordanwell, and William Sanders, Jordanwell, were charged with having, on the 3rd inst., falsely represented themselves to be bona-fide travellers and obtaining intoxicating liquors from Frederick Kings, the landlord of the Globe Commercial Hotel, Kenilworth, during the time his licensed premises were closed. Sanders and Dipper pleaded guilty, and Kane pleaded not guilty. P.C. Mellor, who proved the case, said he was on duty in New Street, Kenilworth, on Sunday, the 3rd inst. at 2.30. when he saw Kane go into the Coventry Cross Inn. He walked past the place and stood at the corner of New Street, and he saw defendant drive past in a cab a few minutes later. He then walked up High Street and round by the Castle, and at 3.30 p.m. he found the three defendants in the yard of the Globe Commercial Hotel. He asked them what they were doing there, and Sanders replied that they had only come to look at the animals. The landlord, Frederick Kings, was present and he asked them if he had supplied them with anything to drink and he said he had supplied them with one glass of ale each, but before doing so he had asked them if they were bond-fide travellers, and the defendants replied that they were, as they had come from Coventry. The constable told them that he had seen them go into the Coventry Cross Inn, just after half-past two, and Sanders replied that they did go in. He took their names and addresses and was walking down the yard when one of them said, "Well, we will go and finish our beer," and all three went into the bar. He followed them, and saw them each drink from glasses containing beer. He afterwards went back to the Coventry Cross Inn, close to which he met the defendants, and asked them to go with him, and he asked the landlady, Harriet Alderman, in their presence, whether she had supplied them with anything to drink, and she said she had supplied them with a glass of ale and a cigar each. She had asked then if they were travellers, and they had said they were, as they had come from Coventry, and were going to Warwick. Harriet Alderman and Frederick Kings gave corroborative evidence. In answer to the Bench, Kane said he was visiting a relation at Warwick. Mr. Stanger Leathes, summing up, said the case would be adjourned for one week to allow them to consider it."
"Offence Against the Licensing Laws"
Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth & District Daily Circular : January 14th 1897 Page 2

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Licensees of this pub

1813 - Mary Morris
1889 - George Whale
1897 - Harriet Alderman
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"A young man of no fixed abode wept pathetically in the Milverton Police Court on Wednesday when he was brought up on a charge of false pretences. When the chairman of the magistrates [Mr. H. C. Parry] announced that the accused would be sent to prison for three months he walked calmly from the dock, and very meekly, "Thank-you, sir!" Then, shaking his fist at Mr. Parry, he cried out passionately: " When I come out I will have my revenge!" The prisoner was Horace Seviour, and he was charged with falsely pretending that he was in a state of exhaustion from want of food, thus obtaining food to the value of 6d., and 1s. in money, from Reginald Turner, 4, Chapel Street, Warwick. Mr. Turner said that on Saturday he was driving a motor-lorry down Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth at 1 p.m. when he saw Seviour being carried off the road by two men. Witness thought there had been an accident and pulled up. He said: "What's the matter, old chap?" and Seviour replied: "I have had nothing to eat for three days." Witness took him to a refreshment room, gave him some tea, and asked if would have some bread and cheese, but prisoner said he would rather have a cake. Mr. Turner bought him some biscuits valued at 6d., and gave him 1s. Inspector Woodward said that at 12.30 p.m. the same day [before the previous incident happened], he went to New Street, Kenilworth, and saw Seviour sitting in the doorway of the Coventry Cross Inn with his head bent down between his hands. The Inspector said he had been told that Seviour had collapsed in the road, and so he asked what was the matter with him. Seviour replied that he had had no food for three days and he could walk no further. Witness asked Seviour several questions and then the man said, "I am answering no more questions here - that won't get me a dinner." Some time later witness saw the man in Priory Road, and showed signs of exhaustion. The Inspector told him that he was not satisfied with what he had said, and would detain him to make enquiries. In prisoner's possession he found 1s. 5½d. and a good cheese-buttered sandwich. There was also an address which prisoner had had bread and milk that morning. P.C. Selwyn said that the prisoner was given a double brandy at the Coventry Cross Inn, and that the man remarked to the landlord that it was rather weak! Seviour pleaded "not guilty." He said that he had been suffering from an epileptic fit Saturday and had had no food for three days. He admitted that the story he had told the Magistrates about his parents being blown up on a fishing smack during the war was a fabrication. D.C.C. Ravenhall said that the prisoner had been convicted in London for stealing. He had been carrying this mode of living since he had left an epileptic home three years ago. Seviour was sentenced to three months' imprisonment."
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Leamington Spa Courier : May 10th 1929 Page 7

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