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Greyhound, 20 Sutton Stop

Alternative Addresses:Hawkesbury; Hawkesbury Stop; Hawkesbury Lock, Longford
Greyhound Sutt Stop There are a number of possible explanations of this name: a) a famous mail coach which travelled between London and Birmingham; b) a heraldic reference to the Dukes of Newcastle; c) the greyhound was formerly used in the chase, but is now mainly associated with greyhound racing. Though, in this case, it was probably because a greyhound was a fast canal boat. The greyhound is first mentioned on 11th September 1829 when the Coventry Herald announces it as a new public house, with the owner Thomas Worthy, described as a farmer. Later he is described as a butcher and farmer and a farmer and innkeeper. The local history collection has a photograph of Benjamin Beesley, landlord in the 1890s, with his wife Mary (ne Davenport) and children. One child, Clara, later married John Charles Nelson, who took over the pub after Benjamin died. In 1976 £15,000 was spent in refitting the lounge. In 1982 it was described as 'a popular pub at the junction of the Coventry and Oxford canals'. It is now part of an industrial archaeology conservation area of special interest to canal enthusiasts. A Grade II listed building. Research by 'philex31' on the Historic Coventry forum would suggest that the Sephtons and their extended family had connections with many of the pubs in the Longford area: Boat (Blackhorse Road), Boat (Grange Road), Greyhound, Elephant & Castle, Miners Arms, Bird In Hand, Green Man, Old Crown (Windmill Road), New Inn, Saracens Head, Coach & Horses, Engine. Also, away from Longford were the Park Gate Hotel and the New Inn (Stockingford). The majority of the Coventry Sephtons appear to be descended from James Sephton, a canal boatbuilder, who arrived in the Hawkesbury area c1805 from Shardlow in Derbyshire. Somewhat at odds with this boozy background, other family members operated temperance hotels in the city centre (The Victoria, Warwick Row and The Priory, Bayley Lane). 1904 - 1924 Mrs. Mary Beesley, wife of above. Landlady of the Greyhound Inn for over 20 years. Late 19th Century (died 1928) 1929 Clara Beesley, daughter of Benjamin and Mary 1931 - 1940 John Charles Nelson, husband of Clara 1957 Clara H. Nelson, wife of John Charles, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Beasley Greyhound Sutton Stop

LICENSEES:

1845 Thomas Worthy & butcher & farmer 1861 Edward Watton 1863 Mrs. Abigail Worthy 1866 Thomas Barnett 1868 William Barnett 1874 William West 1876 William Lee 1880 William Ratliff 1888 - 1900 Benjamin Beesley (Beasley) 1904 - 1924 Mrs. Mary Beesley, wife of above. Landlady of the Greyhound Inn for over 20 years. Late 19th Century (died 1928) 1929 Clara Beesley, daughter of Benjamin and Mary 1931 - 1940 John Charles Nelson, husband of Clara 1957 Clara H. Nelson, wife of John Charles, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Beasley

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1820s Thomas Worthy
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