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Railway Hotel, Lockhurst Lane

These premises have been known by different names during their history:FROMTONAME
1843OLD BROOK TAVERN
18431850HOLBROOKS TAVERN
18501969RAILWAY HOTEL
Railway, Lockhurst La 1923 The coming of the railways in the nineteenth century made a huge impact on life in Britain and this was reflected in pub names. Railway Lockhurst La In 1843 this is recorded as the OLD BROOK TAVERN. It is a misinterpretation of HOLBROOKS TAVERN. In 1847 the correct title is used when the premises is to let. In 1850 it became the RAILWAY HOTEL when the Coventry to Nuneaton railway line opened. Originally Lockhurst Lane crossed the railway by means of a level-crossing. The present bridge was opened in 1931. In 1961 the Railway Hotel was owned by Marstons and was said to be not more than 75 years old, which would give an opening date of c1886. Given the dates of the licensees, this would mean that there was an earlier Railway Hotel on the site. The bar was reputed to be the largest in the Midlands, being 54 feet long by 20 feet wide. It sold 'all kinds of refreshments and there were first class concerts for which artists were booked from long distances'. Also 'the smoke room, the billiards room, the fine first floor club room with its separate entrance and the recreation paddock at the back gives this house a tone of elegance'. It is now the Indian and Commonwealth Club.

LICENSEES:

1861 - 1863 Henry Elton 1863 William Marston 1863 Thomas Wright 1866 Charles Judd 1868 Thomas Knibb 1874 Samuel Lombard 1874 - 1892 Henry Chillingsworth 1903 - 1913 William Lole 1919 - 1922 Ellen Wilday 1924 - 1932 F. Parker 1933 - 1936 W. E. Roberts 1937 - 1940 W. F. Ryder 1957 James Satterthwaite 1959 John Heath (see above) 1960 - 1962 W. J. F. Bloxham

OWNERS:

1961 Marstons, Thompson and Evershed
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