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Clarence Inn, 173 Earlsdon Avenue North, Earlsdon

Alternative Addresses:Coniston Road
These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
19711991PORT O' CALL
1991presentOLD CLARENCE
Clarence The Duke of Clarence was William IV before he became King. He had a short naval career and took his seat in the House of Lords as Duke of Clarence. Some Clarence signs show the four-wheeled carriage which was named after him. In this case it may have come from one of the Christian names of the first licensee, Samuel H. Clarence Brown. Since Earlsdon's creation from 1852 there had been a strong mix of progressive Liberal politics and non-conformism, particularly Wesleyan Methodism. Hence Earlsdon was never as well supplied with pubs as other watchmaking areas in the city such as Chapelfields and Spon End. In 1912 the inhabitants of the Earlsdon Avenue North area strongly objected to plans for an off-license on the corner with Coniston Road. They were unsuccessful and the brewery built a pub that operated as an off-license alone for the next 15 years until permission was obtained for a full public house license. So, from 1914 to 1929 it operated as the Clarence Stores Inn with an off license only. In 1929 the license of the Waggon and Horses, Well Street, was transferred to the Clarence Tavern and the license of the Victoria Vaults in Victoria Street was also surrendered to facilitate this transfer. In 1971 the pub was renamed The Port of Call, reverting to the Old Clarence in 1991.


LICENSEES: (the CLARENCE INN) 1914 - 1929 Samuel H. Clarence Brown 1931 - 1940 M. H. Broadway 1955 - 1957 John Butter 1960s Thady Joseph Flannelly (see also Craven Arms, High Street) LICENSEES: (the OLD CLARENCE) 1990 David & Pat Bridgeman
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