Some history of the Dolphin Inn
The Dolphin Inn stood on the south side of Emscote Road on the eastern corner of Pickard Street. The building was demolished when the road junction was widened.
The Dolphin Inn can be seen here in the livery of Ansell's Brewery Ltd. The company took over the Dolphin Inn when they acquired the historic Leamington brewery of Lucas & Co. Ltd. in 1928. The Dolphin Inn was one of more than 120 tied houses to be taken over in the business deal.
At the time of this photograph, the Dolphin Inn was kept by Alfred and Maud Inglefield, a couple who had been here for many years. In addition to running the pub, Alfred worked as a wheelwright. Indeed, this trade was conducted here by previous landlords. Alfred had succeeded Charles Martin.
The pub had a very ornate inn sign bracket and the signboard displayed a dolphin leaping out of the water. Note the cellar trap on the corner of the building. Part of the workshop in which Alfred conducted his trade as a wheelwright can also be seen along the Pickard Street frontage.
The premises next door, which is a private house in the 21st century, was a butcher's shop run by Percy and Marjorie Clamp. Percy had followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a butcher.
Licensees of the Dolphin Inn
1939 - Alfred Inglefield
1945 - Maud Inglefield
1946 - Percival Leonard Inglefield
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Enquiries are being made by the Warwick Police into the death of William Kitchener, of 28, Emscote Road, Warwick, who was found lying
dead with wounds to his throat yesterday [Thursday], in the garden adjoining his house. The discovery was made Mr. Bert Inglefield, of the
Dolphin Inn, Warwick, at about 9.30 a.m. A blood-stained razor was beneath the body of the deceased, whose age has not yet been ascertained. It is believed that he was
between 60 and 65 years old, and had been unemployed. His wife is in a weak state of health, and has consequently been unable to give the police much assistance
with their enquiries. The date of the inquest has not yet been fixed. A former licensee of the Volunteer Inn, Smith Street, Warwick, Mr. Kitchener was a prominent
member of the Ancient Order of Foresters. He was secretary of Court Dudley, which he joined in 1890. He occupied every branch office, and from April, 1931, to
April, 1932, was Chief Ranger of the district."
"Warwick Man Found Dead In Garden"
Leamington Spa Courier : August 3rd 1934 Page 7
"Four occupants of a saloon car had escapes from serious injury when the vehicle, in which they were travelling along Kenilworth Road,
caught fire on Saturday night. It appears that when at the junction of Cannon Hill Road at 9.14 p.m. the car was seen to be alight at the rear. In pulling up, the
vehicle struck the grass verge and overturned. The occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Inglefield, 79, Browett Road, and Mr. and Mrs. Percival Inglefield, 100, Moor
Street, Earlsdon, managed to escape before the car burst into flames. Coventry City Fire Brigade and Coniston Road A.F.S. were summoned to the scene, but the car
was badly burned before the flames were extinguished. The passengers in the car received first-aid treatment from the firemen before being taken to hospital.
All were suffering from slight cuts and burns, but none was detained."
"Car In Flames"
Coventry Evening Telegraph : August 19th 1940 Page 5
"Percival Leonard Inglefield , licensee of the Dolphin Inn, Emscote Road, Warwick, was found not guilty at Warwick today of
indecently assaulting a 10 years old girl. He was also found not guilty of common assault."
Coventry Evening Telegraph : December 11th 1959 Page 20