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Hope and Anchor, 17 Whitefriars Street

Alternative Addresses:17 Whitefriars Lane
Hope Anchor Whitefriars St In this name hope may have been used in the sense of a small bay. In Christian symbolism the anchor is the sign of hope. The spare anchor on a ship was often called the 'hope anchor'. On 27th August 1852 a new license was granted to William Lee for the Hope and Anchor. This is supported by Jimmy Taylor who stated in his 1961s 'City Pubs' article that it was more than a century old. The earliest census it appears in is the 1861 one. Interestingly, Whitefriars Street was not constructed until 1900. Before that date the Hope and Anchor stood on Whitefriars Lane, which had been the original approach to Whitefriars Monastery, through the gateway that still remains today. As such it stood in what would have been in mediaeval times the grounds of the monastery. Whitefriars Street between Jordan Well and Whitefriars Lane, on both sides, was not built up at that time. On my OS map of 1905 it is still open space on both sides, in fact long gardens attached to properties on Jordan Well and Gosford Street, specifically the Colin Campbell pub and the houses that were eventually replaced by the Gaumont (Odeon) cinema. These gardens had been lain out in the mediaeval period. Yet the end of Whitefriars Street, along with Much Park Street, London Road and Gulson Road (Brick Kiln Lane) had all been thoroughly developed by then. Hope Anchor Whitefriars StThe Hope and Anchor was a busy main street pub until the Ring Road isolated it in the 1960s. Until that time Whitefriars Street was the main route into the the city centre from London Road and I remember the buses going past the Hope and Anchor on one side of the road, with a car showroom opposite, from my childhood. I also remember the traffic jams, which explains why the Ring Road was built. Unfortunately the Ring Road left the Hope and Anchor at the wrong end of a dead end street. The Hope and Anchor was a home brew pub until 1923. In 1961 Jimmy Taylor said that 'residing next door is Tom Mitchell, who.....was the brewer when the pub brewed its own beer many years ago'. After that it became a tied Ansell's pub, which is how I remember it. I have particularly fond memories of the Coventry Blues Club. Before Sharon and I were married we used to go to the Club every week, held in the large music room at the back of the pub. I can't help wondering if that room had anything to do with the old brewery. The pub closed in November 2009 and was demolished.

LICENSEES:

1852 - 1881 William Lee 1886 - 1905 Thomas Mitchener 1906 - 1912 William Lord 1912 - 1913 Charles Mitchener 1919 Mary Ann Mitchener 1921 - 1922 Mrs M. A. Kenning 1924 - 1927 Arthur Wareham 1931 - 1940 G. R. Robinson 1961 Leslie William Evans 1984 Ray Matthews

OWNERS:

1961 Ansells Brewers 1884 William Lee 1884 - 1906 Thomas Mitchener 1906 - 1910 William Lord 1910 - 1921 Charles Mitchener 1921 - 1923 Arthur Wareham ? Tom Mitchell
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